ALA News reports that “Lauren Pressley, director of the University of Washington (UW) Tacoma Library and associate dean of UW Libraries, has been elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect. She will become president-elect following the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago and assume the presidency in July 2018 for a one-year term.
Kelly Jacobsma, Genevra Thome Begg dean of libraries at Hope College, and Jeanne R. Davidson, head of public services at South Dakota State University, have been elected to the ACRL Board of Directors as director-at-large…
During her 13-year membership with ACRL, she has served on the Value of Academic Libraries Committee (2016–present), the ACRL Conference Cyber Zed Shed Committee (2009–11) and on the DLS Program Planning Committee (2010–12). She has also served on the WGSS Instruction Committee (2005–09) and as the WGSS Core Books editor (2007–08)…
Pressley currently serves as a councilor-at-large on the ALA Council (2010–present) and as a member of the ALA Resolutions Committee (2013–present). Previously, she served on the ALA Presidential Advisory Committee (2013–14), the Peter Lyman Memorial/SAGE Scholarship in New Media Committee (2008–11), the Emerging Leaders Subcommittee (2009–10) and the Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship (2005–09). Her work in LITA includes serving as a LITA Emerging Leader (2008), LITA Committee Chairs coordinator (2014–16), director-at-large on the LITA Board of Directors (2011–14), as a member of the LITA Forum Steering Committee (2012–13) and on the LITA Budget Review Committee (2012–13)…”
- Johns Hopkins University Press Celebrates Retiring Director through Support of UP Professional Development Grants
The Association of American University Presses is very pleased to announce the continuation of its Residency Program through 2021 with support from the Johns Hopkins University Press in honor of retiring director Kathleen Keane. The Residencies are one of the Association’s most effective professional development programs, providing opportunities for individuals to advance their own professional knowledge, to strengthen the operations of their home presses, and to create networks of professional sharing and collegiality throughout the community.
Keane is a strong believer in the value of professional development. Under her leadership at Hopkins, she ensured that press staff had access to a range of opportunities to learn and grow professionally. Her record of service and leadership within the university press community make this a fitting tribute. Keane served the Association as its President in 2009-10, on its Board of Directors, on various committees and task forces, and as a panelist on numerous sessions at the Association’s Annual Meeting. Johns Hopkins University Press has also served host to residents in the past.
The Association’s Residency Program, previously funded by the Mrs. Giles F. Whiting Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, has sponsored 114 residents since 1995. The program gives selected staff from member presses an opportunity to observe operations at an appropriate host press for up to one week. AAUP members are diverse in size, structure, resources, and geography. Residents often come from small presses remote from a strong local publishing community. Applicants sometimes request to visit presses that are experimenting with new procedures or that are strong in a particular department.
The program supports one of the Association’s strategic goals—fostering community support and collaboration among its members…”
ALA News reports that “Ann K. G. Brown, Instruction, Ourtreach and Reference Librarian at George Washington University, GW Libraries in Washington D.C. named President-Elect for the Reference and User Services (RUSA) division of the American Library Association (ALA)…
In her 20 years as an ALA member, Brown has been a very involed member of RUSA including roles on the Organization and Planning Committee, Budget and Finance Committee, Chair of the Membership Committee, Chair of the RSS Section Nominating Committee and Chair of RSS Section among many other roles. Brown is also a member of the LLAMA and ACRL divisions of ALA.“
Also according to ALA News “Adam Szczepaniak, Jr., Deputy State Librarian & Director at New Jersey State Library – Talking Book & Braille Center elected President for 2018-19 for the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) division of the American Library Association (ALA).
Over his 20 years as an ALA member, Szczepaniak has been involved with ASCLA’s Accessibility Assembly, Nominating Committee and Planning and Budget Committee among other involvement.
“I have been a professional librarian for forty years and worked in a variety of settings including academic and biomedical libraries as well as libraries serving individuals who are print impaired. In each library there was not a silo environment, rather there exists a relationship not only to similar libraries, but to all libraries.” Szczepaniak said in his run for presidency.
Other individuals elected to ASCLA leadership roles include: Directors-at-Large: Lily Sacharow and Erin Boyington, Designated Director, Special Populations: Carrie Scott Banks and Designated Director, Library Consultants: Amy Jane Paget.”
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.