And the winners are . . .

The official results of the 2017 ACRL elections

Cheryl A. Middleton, associate university librarian for learning and engagement, Oregon State University Libraries & Press, is the 80th president of ACRL.

Lauren Pressley

Cheryl A. Middleton

“What an honor it is to serve ACRL as your incoming president. As I’ve worked with ACRL members and leadership, I continue to be impressed by the intellect, passion, and advocacy that we bring to the challenges and issues that all libraries are facing in the current political climate. It is imperative that ACRL members and leadership continue to advocate for our profession’s core values of access, privacy, intellectual freedom, and preservation of information in order to support library users and maintain our professional integrity.

During my presidential year and beyond, I am excited to work with our membership and with other ALA divisions to provide the resources and tools needed to engage with and respond to the challenges that we will face in the upcoming year.

“This is also a time to reflect on professional development and programs that inspire us, help us cope with rapid change, and prepare us meet the future needs of library users. ACRL’s committees have been hard at work engaging and listening to the membership to develop resources and professional development. This year I look forward to fostering the current work being done by our committees and to identify future opportunities to advance the ACRL strategic plan on behalf of our profession.

“I’m excited about the upcoming year and throughout my presidency, I plan to focus on listening to understand our diverse experiences. I’d like to build on the ACRL 2017 conference programs related to responding to change in our profession to develop meaningful ways for ACRL to support our members and their organizations. I’d like to focus on change not for the sake of change but to enable our members and institutions to respond to the needs of our learners. I look forward to the continued sharing and exchange of ideas and expertise, hallmarks of our profession, to enrich and enhance our day-to-day and future practices.”

As president, Middleton will preside over the ACRL Board of Directors and ACRL Executive Committee, and plan ACRL’s major program at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference. She will work with the ALA president and other division presidents representing ACRL both within and outside of ALA.

Middleton has been a member of ACRL for 19 years, beginning in 1997. During her membership with ACRL, she has served on the ACRL Research Planning & Review Committee (2010–14, chair 2013–14), the ACRL Leadership & Nominations Committee (2009–11), and will serve on the ACRL Panels Committee (beginning 2017). She has also served roles in ACRL’s University Libraries Section, including the Executive Committee (member-at-large 2003–05, vice- chair/chair-elect 2006–07, chair 2007–08, past-chair 2009–11), Academic Outreach Committee (2011–14, cochair 2012–14), Program Committee (2003–05), Nominating Committee (2002–03 and 2005–06), and Organization and Bylaws Committee (1997–2000, chair 2003). Middleton has also served on the ALA Virtual Meeting Taskforce (2003–05) and on ALA President Alire’s Presidential Initiative “Libraries: The Heart of All Communities” Initiative Reactor Advisory Group (2008–10).

Her work with state, regional, and other national associations includes serving on the Greater Western Library Alliance Libraries Impact on Student Learning Task Force (chair, 2011–14), the Oregon Library Association Conference Committee, the Local Arrangements (chair, 2002–03), the Oregon Library Association/Washington Library Association Conference Program Committee (2001–02), and the Valley Link Continuing Education Committee (1996–99, chair 1998–99).

Middleton was the recipient of the OSU Robert Lundeen Faculty Development Award (2008).

Her publications include “Magical Thinking: Moving Beyond Natural Bias to Examine Core Services” in Letting Go of Legacy Services: Library Case Studies (2014); coauthorship of “Management of Library Course Reserves and the Textbook Affordability Crisis,” Journal of Access Services (2009); and coauthorship of “Student Strategies for Coping with the High Cost of Textbooks and the Role of Academic Library Course Reserves,” portal: Libraries and the Academy (2009).

Lauren Pressley, director of the University of Washington (UW) Tacoma Library and associate dean of UW Libraries, has been elected vice-president/president-elect of ACRL.

Lauren Pressley

“ACRL has given me so much throughout my career, and I am thrilled to have been elected to serve the association as vice-president/president-elect. ACRL is the leading voice in positioning academic libraries to demonstrate their value and is poised to continue this work in new directions as laid out in ACRL’s Plan for Excellence.

“I am humbled by this role’s long tradition of strong leadership and am excited to help advance initiatives that will support our members and strengthen our libraries. I eagerly anticipate joining ACRL’s smart and capable Board and working with Cheryl Middleton, our next ACRL president; Irene Herold, our next past-president; the Board; the ACRL staff; and all members. ACRL members are bright, passionate, and creative professionals. Your contributions to the association through service, presentations, and publications enable ACRL to make a broad impact, in turn helping us all to be better partners and collaborators in our own organizations.

“As an association, ACRL is positioned to speak to the significance of academic and intellectual freedom and the importance of building inclusive and equitable communities. We are experts in information literacy at a time when people are realizing the necessity of evaluating sources. The challenges we face will enable us to speak more broadly about the values of our profession and the outcomes of our work on the larger world.

“I want to thank my colleagues for their support and kind words throughout this process. I look forward to joining ACRL’s leadership during this critical time for academic libraries and higher education, and I am excited to meet and work with you all throughout the next three years.”

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).

Her work with state, regional, and other national associations includes serving on the New Media Consortium’s Horizon Project Advisory Board (2010–13), as a founding cochair (2014–16) and advisory board member (2016–present) of Library Pipeline, as secretary/treasurer for the North Carolina Library Association’s Technology and Trends Round Table (2008–09), and cofounder of the NC-Library Instructional Technology Group (2008).

Pressley was a participant in the University of California-Los Angeles’s Senior Fellows executive leadership program (2014). She was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Early Career Award at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, School of Education (2011), was a Library Journal Mover & Shaker (2009), and participated in the NCLA Leadership Institute (2008).

Her publications include coauthorship of “Evolution of Liaison Librarians” in SPEC Kit (ARL 2015); coauthorship of “Building Knowledge Together: Interactive Course Exhibits in the Academic Library,” in Pete McDonnell, ed., The Experiential Library: Transforming Academic Libraries through the Power of Experiential Learning (Chandos Publishing 2016); and coauthorship of “Manager, Librarian and Web Developer: How a Multidisciplinary Team ReImagined LibApps,” in Aaron Dobbs and Ryan Sittler, eds., Integrating LibGuides into Library Websites (Rowman & Littlefield 2009).


Vice-President/President-Elect: Lauren Pressley (1563); José Aguiñaga (907).

ACRL Board

Director-at-Large (4-year term): Kelly Jacobsma (1321); Erin Tieman Smith (953).

Director-at-Large (4-year term): Jeanne R. Davidson (1231); Annemarie Roscello (1058).

Anthropology and Sociology Section (ANSS)

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Katie Elson Anderson (65); Carolyn Jones McCallum (56).

Secretary: Erin Pappas (66); Jill Conte (62).

Member-at-Large (2-year term): Susan Silver (78); Ruth Baker (43).

Arts Section

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Yvette Cortes (128); Write-in Candidate (0).

Secretary: Mallory Sajewski (127); Write-in Candidate (0).

College Libraries Section (CLS)

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Dena Hutto (329); Becky Albitz (198).

Secretary: Inga H. Barnello (292); Carrie Wade (224).

Member-at-Large (2-year term): Jonathan Hoyt Harwell (274); Meggan A. Houlihan (243).

Community and Junior College Libraries Section (CJCLS)

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Peter Hepburn (106); Stephanie Tolson (103).

Distance Learning Section (DLS)

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Kristin M. Woodward (214); Dawn Lowe-Wincentsen (94).

Secretary/Archivist: Michael Courtney (150); Brenda Smith (148).

Member-at-Large (2-year term): Joelle Pitts (196); Laureen P. Cantwell (109).

Education and Behavioral Sciences Section (EBSS)

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Jill Erin Morningstar(212); Write-in candidate (1).

Secretary: Samantha Ann Godbey (121); Alex R. Hodges (96).

Member-at-Large (2-year term): Cassandra Kvenild (118); Jeffrey A. Knapp (67); Elena M. Soltau (37).

Instruction Section (IS)

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Meghan Sitar (520); Carolyn Radcliff (362).

Secretary: Andrea P. Baer (536); Lauren Wahman (325).

Member-at-Large (2-year term): Carrie L. Forbes (581); Anne C. Behler (441); Russell Hall (375).

Literatures in English Section (LES)

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Christine Ruotolo (62); David D. Oberhelman (60).

Secretary: Priscilla Finley (93); Alex Watson (24).

Member-at-Large (1-year term): Abby Janine Scheel (74); Erin Vonnahme (43).

Politics, Policy, and International Relations Section (PPIRS)

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Brett Cloyd (58); Elizabeth White (45).

Secretary: Mary K. Oberlies (98); Write-in candidate (1).

Member-at-Large (2-year term): Erin Ackerman (97); Write-in candidate (1).

Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS)

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Shannon K. Supple (194); Aislinn Sotelo (128).

Secretary: E. Haven Hawley (165); Melanie J. Meyers (149).

Member-at-Large (3-year term): Elizabeth Call (178); Martha M. Lawler (137).

Science and Technology Section (STS)

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: John Meier (159); Margaret Mellinger (146).

Secretary: Hannah Gascho Rempel (150); Annie Zeidman-Karpinski (145).

Member-at-Large (2-year term): Sara Russell Gonzalez (165); Kelli J. Trei (130).

Slavic and East European Section (SEES)

Secretary: Maira Bundza (40); Write-in candidate (1).

University Libraries Section (ULS)

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Kerry Creelman (605); Nicole Sump-Crethar (400).

Secretary: Michelle Demeter (487); Emily Frigo (486).

Member-at-Large (3-year term): Bruce Henson (591); Nancy E. Garmer (493); Ryan Litsey (456).

Western European Studies Section (WESS)

Member-at-Large (1-year term): Diana Brooking (59); Paula Mae Carns (50).

Women and Gender Studies Section (WGSS)

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Pamela M. Salela (184); Write-in candidate (0).

Secretary: Susan Hoang (180); Write-in candidate (0).

Member-at-Large (2-year term): Kimberly L. Clarke (182); Write-in candidate (0).

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