ACRL candidates for 2015: A look at who’s running for office

Scott Walter; Irene M. H. Herold



Scott Walter is the university librarian at DePaul University, a position he has held since 2012. Prior to this, Walter served as associate university librarian for services and associate dean of libraries at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2006–12), assistant dean of libraries for information and instructional services at the University of Kansas (2004–06), and interim assistant director of libraries for public services and outreach at Washington State University (2002–04).

He has been a member of ACRL for 17 years, beginning in 1997. During his membership with ACRL, he has served as editor-in-chief of College & Research Libraries (2013–16), as cochair (Panels) of the ACRL Conference Coordinating Committee (2013–15), convener of the ACRL International Perspectives on Academic and Research Libraries Discussion Group (2011–13), chair of the Excellence in Academic Libraries Award Nominations Committee (2010–11), chair of the ACRL Research Coordinating Committee (2007–2009), cochair (Virtual Conference) of the ACRL Conference Coordinating Committee (2007–09), a member of the ACRL Institute for Information Literacy Executive Committee (2006–07), a member of the ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award Committee (2005–07), and a member of the ACRL First-Year-Experience Task Force (2003–04). He has also served roles in ACRL sections, including the ACRL Instruction Section Program Planning Committee (chair, 2004–06) and Education Committee (2001–03), and the ACRL Education and Behavioral Sciences Section (vice-chair/chair/past-chair, 2002–05). Walter currently serves as councilor-at-large on the ALA Council (2013–16), as a member of the ALA Publishing Committee (2014–16), and was a member of the ALA Special Presidential Task Force on School Libraries (2011–12). He is also a member of the Library Leadership & Management Association and the Library Research Round Table.

Walter’s work with state, regional, and other national associations includes serving as a member of the Board of Directors for the Library Publishing Coalition (2014–16), vice-chair of the Chicago Collections Consortium (2014–15), a member of the Board of Directors for the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) (2013–16), member of the Board of Directors for the Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) (2013–15), a member of the Board of Directors for the Chicago Collections Consortium (2012–14), and the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Communication of Research Special Interest Group (awards chair 2001–02, chair 2002–03).

Walter has been honored as a Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Academic Leadership Program Fellow (2008–09) and as an Association of Research Libraries Research Libraries Leadership Program Fellow (2007–08). He has also been awarded the ACRL/EBSS Distinguished Education and Behavioral Sciences Librarian Award (2012).

His publications include “Advocacy through Engagement: Public Engagement and the Academic Library,” Advocacy, Outreach, and the Nation’s Academic Libraries: A Call for Action, 2010; “Librarians as Teachers: A Qualitative Inquiry into Professional Identity,” College & Research Libraries, 2008; and “Moving Beyond Collections: Academic Library Outreach to Multicultural Student Centers,” Reference Services Review, 2005.


Irene M. H. Herold is the university librarian at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, a position she has held since 2013. Prior to this, Herold served as dean of the library at Keene State College (2001–13), director of the library at Daniel Webster College (1998–2000), and public services librarian at Monmouth College (1992–98).

She has been a member of ACRL for 23 years, beginning in 1991. During her membership with ACRL, she has served as a member of the ACRL Board of Directors (2011–15), the ACRL Communities of Practice Implementation Task Force (2011–13), the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee (2013–15), and the ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award Committee (2009 and 2011). She has served as Board Liaison to the ACRL Membership Committee (2011–13), the Distance Learning Section (2011–15), the Literatures in English Section (2013–15), and the Women and Gender Studies Section (2013–15). She has also served roles in ACRL sections, including the ACRL College Libraries Section (program chair 2004–06, vice-chair/chair/past-chair, 2007–11), the ACRL College Libraries Section’s Library Directors’ Discussion Group (co-convener, 2004–07), and the ACRL Law and Political Science Section Marta Lange Award Committee (2005–07 and 2010–11), and Program Committee (2003–05). Herold is also a member of the Library Leadership & Management Association.

Herold’s work with state, regional, and other national associations includes serving as the director of the College Library Directors’ Mentor Program (2011–13), the New Hampshire State Representative of Vision 2020 (2010–13), the chair of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges’ Library Committee (2004–06), the elected representative of the New Hampshire College and University Council Libraries Committee of the University System of New Hampshire Information Technology Coordinating Council Long Range Technology Plan (2005–09), a member of the ACRL/New England Chapter Conference Program Planning Committee (2003–04), the vice-chair/chair of the New Hampshire College and University Council Libraries Committee (2000–01), the founder and chair of the New Hampshire College and University Council Libraries Committee’s Leadership Mentoring Program (2003–06), the secretary (1994–95) and manager-elect/manager (1996–98) of the Illinois Library Association GODORT Forum, the coordinator and founder of the 17th Congressional District Federal Depository Librarians-Illinois (1993–98), and a member of the editorial boards of Library Issues and College and Undergraduate Libraries.

Herold has been honored as a member of the Beta Phi Mu International Library and Information Science Honor Society (1993–present) and the Phi Alpha Theta International Honor Society in History (1998–present). She has been awarded the ALA/READEX/GODORT Catherine J. Reynolds Award (1994) and was a full scholarship recipient for the Ph.D. program for managerial leadership in the information professions from Simmons College (2007–12).

Her publications include “Capacity Building: Academic Libraries as Campus Partners,” Library Issues, July 2014; coauthor of “Mindful Leadership Defined and Explained,” Advances in Librarianship, 2014; and coauthor of “The Triple Bottom Line: Portable Applications and Best Practices for Sustainability in Academic Libraries,” Focus on Education for Sustainability: Toolkit for Academic Libraries, 2014.

ACRL Board of Directors

Vice-President/President-elect: Scott Walter, University Librarian, DePaul University; Irene M. H. Herold, University Librarian, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.

Director-at-Large: Jack Fritts, University Librarian, Benedictine University; Lori J. Ostapowicz-Critz, Head of Faculty Engagement Department, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Director-at-Large: Beth McNeil, Associate Dean, Purdue University Libraries; Jon E. Cawthorne, Dean of Libraries, West Virginia University.

Asian, African, and Middle Eastern Studies Section

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Ruby A. Bell-Gam, Collections Coordinator, Area Studies Team Leader, and Librarian for African Studies and International Development Studies, University of California-Los Angeles.

Secretary: Doris Jean Seely, Associate Librarian, Cataloger, University of Minnesota.

Member-at-Large: David G. Hirsch, Librarian for Middle Eastern, Central Asian and South Asian Studies, University of California-Los Angeles.

Anthropology and Sociology Section

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Helen P. Clements, Associate Professor, Humanities and Social Sciences, Oklahoma State University Library; Katie Elson Anderson, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Social Sciences Liaison, Social Media Coordinator, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Secretary: Carolyn McCallum, Cataloging Librarian for Nonprint Materials/Anthropology Liaison, Wake Forest University; Spencer Acadia, Research Librarian and Adjunct Professor, University of Texas-Tyler.

Member-at-Large: Rui Wang, Social Sciences Librarian, Central Michigan University; Jill Conte, Librarian for Sociology, Psychology, and Gender and Sexuality Studies, New York University.

Arts Section

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Kai Alexis Smith, Librarian-in-Residence, University of Notre Dame; Ariel Katarina Turner, Automation and Batch Cataloging and Art and Design Librarian, Kennesaw State University.

Secretary: Megan Christine Lotts, Art Librarian, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; Mary Wegmann, Director of Library Services, Notre Dame de Namur University.

Community and Junior College Libraries Section

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Michael J. Miller, Chief Librarian, Bronx Community College.

College Libraries Section

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Patricia A. Kreitz, Dean, Library and Academic Resources, Saint Mary’s College of California.

Secretary: Inga H. Barnello, Collections and Resource Sharing Librarian, Le Moyne College; Dena Holiman Hutto, Norman F. Carrigg College Librarian, Reed College.

Member-at-Large: Jessica Brangiel, Electronic Resources Management Librarian, Swarthmore College; Kevin Butterfield, University Librarian, University of Richmond.

Distance Learning Section

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Stefanie Buck, Ecampus and Instructional Design Librarian, Oregon State University.

Secretary/Archivist: Rebecca Hill Renirie, Global Campus Librarian, Central Michigan University; Karla J. Aleman, Distance Instruction Librarian, Morehead State University.

Member-at-Large: Kristin M. Woodward, Online Programs and Instructional Design Coordinator, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Rachel E. Cannady, Distance Education and Education Librarian, Mississippi State University.

Education and Behavioral Sciences Section

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Kaya van Beynen, Research and Instruction, Associate Librarian, University of South Florida-St. Petersburg.

Secretary: Ericka Arvidson Raber, Education Librarian, Liaison to Communication Studies and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the University of Iowa; Samantha Ann Godbey, Education Librarian, University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

Member-at-Large: Jill E. Morningstar, Education, Psychology, and Children’s Literature Librarian, Michigan State University; Chimene Elise Tucker, Communication and Journalism and LGBT Studies Librarian, University of Southern California.

Instruction Section

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Jennifer E. Knievel, Director of Arts and Humanities, University Libraries, University of Colorado-Boulder; Merinda McLure, Health and Human Sciences Librarian/Associate Professor, Colorado State University Libraries.

Secretary: Lizz Zitron, Instruction Librarian, Pacific Lutheran University; Benjamin Michael Oberdick, Head of Information Literacy, Michigan State University.

Member-at-Large: Sara D. Miller, Librarian for Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning Initiatives, Michigan State University; Britt Fagerheim, Head of Reference Services, Utah State University; Carrie Donovan, Head, Teaching and Learning, Indiana University Libraries.

Literatures in English Section

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Laura Ruth Braunstein, Librarian for English and Writing, Dartmouth College; Harriett E. Green, English and Digital Humanities Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Secretary: Jaena Marie Alabi, Reference Librarian, Auburn University; Alex Watson, Reference Librarian and Associate Professor, University of Mississippi.

Member-at-Large: Hazel Anne McClure, Library Liaison to English, Writing and Environmental Studies, Grand Valley State University; Zara Wilkinson, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Rutgers University-Camden.

Law and Political Science Section

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: David Schwieder, Political Science Librarian, Coordinator of Humanities and Social Sciences Data Services, Smathers Libraries, University of Florida.

Secretary: Brett Cloyd, Reference and Government Information Librarian, University of Iowa Libraries; Mary Kathryn Oberlies, Conflict and Peace Studies Librarian, George Mason University.

Member-at-Large: Lynn Marie Thitchener, Associate Librarian, Cornell University; Lori Driver, Interim Head, Government Documents, Florida International University.

Rare Books and Manuscripts Section

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Richenda Brim, Head of Preservation Department, Stanford University Libraries; John Henry Overholt, Curator, Donald and Mary Hyde Collection of Dr. Samuel Johnson and Early Modern Books and Manuscripts, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Secretary: Elizabeth Call, Public Services Librarian, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University Libraries; Alexander Johnston, Senior Assistant Librarian, University of Delaware Library.

Member-at-Large: Elizabeth Joffrion, Director of Heritage Resources, Western Washington University; Blynne Olivieri, Head of Special Collections, University of West Georgia.

Slavic and Eastern European Section

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Thomas Francis Keenan, Slavic East European and Eurasian Studies Librarian, Princeton University.

Secretary: Masha Stepanova, Coordinator of Cataloging and Slavic Librarian, Miami University.

Science and Technology Section

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Andrew P. Stuart, Assistant Head Reference and Subject Librarian for Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Environmental and Plant Biology, Ohio University Libraries; John Carey, Head of Health Professions Library, Hunter College/City University of New York.

Secretary: Barbara Harvey, Science Liaison Librarian, Grand Valley State University; Jeanne Hoover, Science Librarian, East Carolina University.

Member-at-Large: Rachel Borchardt, Science Librarian, American University; Beth Blanton-Kent, Librarian for Physical Sciences, University of Virginia.

University Libraries Section

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Rebecca Blakiston, User Experience Librarian, University of Arizona Libraries; Nicole Sump-Crethar, Associate Professor, Interim Head of Digital Initiatives, Oklahoma State University.

Secretary: Carrie Elizabeth Moran, User Engagement Librarian, University of Central Florida; Nora Dethloff, Assistant Head of Information and Access Services, University of Houston.

Member-at-Large: Tarida Anantachai, Learning Commons Librarian, Syracuse University Libraries; Lisa T. Nickel, Associate Dean of Research and Public Services, The College of William & Mary; Donna Michelle Lanclos, Associate Professor for Anthropological Research, J. Murrey Atkins Library, University of North Carolina-Charlotte; Kelly Blessinger, Head, Research and Instruction Services, Louisiana State University Libraries.

Western European Studies Section

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Molly Poremski, International Languages and Literatures Librarian, University at Buffalo; Katie Gibson, Humanities Librarian, Miami University.

Secretary: Deb Raftus, Romance Languages and Literatures Librarian/Latin American and Caribbean Studies Librarian, University of Washington Libraries; Eileen M. Bentsen, Associate Librarian for Honors College, History, and Medical Humanities, Baylor University.

Member-at-Large: Marcus Richter, Technical Services Librarian and Assistant Professor, Alma College Library.

Women and Gender Studies Section

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Nina Clements, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Penn State University; Pamela M. Salela, Instructional Services Librarian, Associate Professor, University of Illinois-Springfield.

Secretary: Erica Carlson Nicol, Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian, Washington State University.

Member-at-Large: Laura Bonella, Faculty and Graduate Services Librarian, Kansas State University; Susan Hoang, Reference and Instruction Librarian for Languages and Cultures, Carleton College.

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