Category Archives: Elections

Meet the Candidates: Scott Walter

Editor’s Note: In the lead-up to the 2015 ALA/ ACRL election, we’re profiling the 2015 ACRL Board of Directors candidates. We’ll feature one candidate in slate order each weekday from March 13 — 20. Complete details on candidates for ACRL offices are available on the election website. Make sure to vote for the candidates of your choice starting March 24.

Scott WalterScott Walter is University Librarian at DePaul University in Chicago and a 2015 candidate for the ACRL Board of Directors as Vice-President/ President-Elect.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Innovative, Collaborative, Inquisitive.

2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your mobile device)? Leading Academic Change: Essential Roles for Department Chairs (2000); Strategic Diversity Leadership: Activating Change and Transformation in Higher Education (2013); The Graphic Canon of Children’s Literature (2014), and Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances (2015).

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Engaging, Challenging, Community.

4. Why do you value about ACRL? In our introduction to a collection of essays about the future of the academic library workforce, Karen Williams and I wrote that “the library’s most valuable collection is its people.” What is true of libraries is also true of library associations – the most valuable thing about ACRL is its people. Whether it came from a member survey, a program evaluation, or a chat with a colleague, what I have been told consistently is that ACRL is most valuable because of the people you meet, the resources and programs they build, and the networks they power. That has certainly been true for me. Maximizing the value of membership means maximizing our ability to work together, as members, to build the tools, create the resources, and establish the networks that allow us to ask better questions, to find better answers, and to do better  work for our colleagues and for our communities.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? As an academic librarian, I am a crucial part of a library that contributes to the success of the university’s strategic goals in teaching, learning, scholarship, and community engagement. As a University Librarian, my special role is to provide all of our librarians with the resources, tools, connections, and support they need to make their own contributions, and to help my campus colleagues to see the impact that we make, as a whole, on the work of our faculty and our students. Librarians bring people and programs together in a space that has been correctly described as the most important learning space on campus outside of the classroom, and, in bringing them together, can contribute to almost any academic endeavor.

6. In your own words: In 2010, I was recognized as “ACRL Member of the Week” and what I wrote then in response to this same question is just as true today: “There has never been a better, more exciting time to work in academic libraries, and I’m just happy that I got to be here for it!”

ACRL Presidential Candidates Online Forum

The 2015 candidates for ACRL vice-president/ president-elect will participate in an open online forum at 2 p.m. Central on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Scott Walter and Irene M.H. Herold will discuss their platforms and vision for ACRL and field questions from the audience. Walter is university librarian at DePaul University, and Herold is university librarian at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.

Access to the forum will be available approximately 15 minutes before the start time through Adobe Connect at http://ala.adobeconnect.com/r7r0qf2cgdg/.

More information on the 2015 ACRL election, including links to candidate statements from C&RL News and a full slate of candidates for ACRL section offices, is available on the ACRL website.

Voting in the 2015 ALA/ ACRL election begins on Tuesday, March 24. We strongly encourage you to help shape the future of your associations by casting a ballot for the candidates of your choice!

2015 ACRL Board of Directors Candidates

ACRL is pleased to announce the slate of candidates for the association’s Board of Directors for the 2015 ALA/ACRL elections.

Vice-President/President-Elect:

  • Scott Walter: University Librarian, DePaul University
  • Irene M.H. Herold: University Librarian, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Director-at-Large:

  • Jack Fritts: University Librarian, Benedictine University
  • Lori Ostapowicz Critz: Head, Faculty Engagement Department, Georgia Tech

Director-at-Large:

  • Beth McNeil: Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Purdue University
  • Jon Cawthorne: Dean of Libraries, West Virginia University

A full list of candidates for ACRL and section offices will be available in the January 2015 issue of C&RL News.

2014 ACRL Election Results

Ann Campion RileyAnn Campion Riley, associate director for access, collections, and technical services at the University of Missouri, has been elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect. She will become president-elect following the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, and assume the presidency in July 2015 for a one-year term. A full biography of Riley will be available on the ACRL website next week

John P. Culshaw, university librarian at the University of Iowa, and Kim Leeder, director of library services at the College of Western Idaho, have been elected to the ACRL Board of Directors as director-at-large.

Full 2014 election results will be available Monday, May 5, on the ACRL website.

Congratulations to those elected and many thanks to the dedicated members willing to stand for office.

Meet the Candidates: Kim Leeder

Editor’s Note: In the lead-up to the 2014 ALA/ ACRL election, we’re profiling the 2014 ACRL Board of Directors candidates. We’ll feature one candidate each weekday from March 11 — 18. Complete details on candidates for ACRL offices are available on the election website. Make sure to vote for the candidates of your choice starting March 19.

Kim LeederKim Leeder is Director of Library Services at the College of Western Idaho in Boise/Nampa, Idaho. Kim is a 2014 candidate for the ACRL Board of Directors as Director-at-Large.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Forward-thinker, boundary-breaker, get-it-done-er.

2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your mobile device)?  Honestly? My Facebook feed (Kidding! Sort of). On my nightstand is The True History of the Kelly Gang, Man Booker Prize winner, because I like to slowly read complex, thought-provoking fiction. Really slowly. Like a turtle. But Bookers are nearly always amazing reads in the end.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: People! People! People!

4. Why do you value about ACRL? Meeting. Learning. Growing. Giving. The opportunity to contribute to the field, meet and learn from others, and expand my vision of what academic libraries are — and what they should be.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I help people make their lives better. As a community college librarian, I support students from all backgrounds as they take their first steps into higher education. I teach them about research, give them pep talks at the info desk, and congratulate them when they move on to a profession, four-year degree program, or other adventure. I love to watch them amaze themselves with their own accomplishments.

6. In your own words: I have the best job ever! I get to learn and teach and grow every day. Best of all, I love being part of a profession that is constantly in the process of discovering itself. We have the opportunity every day to reinvent our work: what could be cooler than that?

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