And the winners are . . .

The official results of the 2018 ACRL elections

Lauren Pressley, director of the University of Washington (UW) Tacoma Library and an associate dean of UW Libraries, is the 81st president of ACRL.

Lauren Pressley

Lauren Pressley

“I begin my presidential year with enthusiasm and excitement. Serving as vice-president has provided many opportunities to meet members, learn more about the exciting work happening in academic and research libraries, and to plan for this coming year.

“Most recently, the Appointments Committee and I have worked diligently to finalize committee appointments. Our member volunteers’ enthusiasm for this association is impressive and inspiring. I am also delighted to serve as president during the upcoming ACRL 2019 conference, to be held April 10–13 in Cleveland. The conference theme will be ‘Recasting the Narrative.’ You can learn more about the conference and how to participate at http://conference.acrl.org/, and I hope to have the opportunity to connect with many of you there.

“The 2018–19 year should prove to be one of important work across all of ACRL. I will help to promote and advance the Plan for Excellence and ACRL’s new signature initiative focused on equity, diversity, and inclusion. This signature initiative is designed to permeate the work of the association, and I look forward to championing the important equity, diversity, and inclusion work that will come from it.

“It is an honor to follow in the footsteps of a long line of exemplary ACRL presidents and to work with our talented membership and committed staff. I would like to thank our many members who volunteered their service to the association. The high level of membership engagement, the leadership and staffs’ responsiveness to current trends and issues in the field, and the strategic approach ACRL takes as an association give me great optimism for the future of our profession. I look forward to working with you all in the coming year and hope to see you at ACRL 2019.”

As president, Pressley will preside over the ACRL Board of Directors and ACRL Executive Committee, and plan ACRL’s major program at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference. She will work with the ALA president and other division presidents representing ACRL both within and outside of ALA.

Pressley has been a member of ACRL for 14 years, beginning in 2004. During her membership with ALA/ACRL, she has served as a councilor-at-large on the ALA Council (2010–present) and as a member of the ALA Resolutions Committee (2013–17). 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 (2016–17) 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).

She is a member of Beta Phi Mu, and was a participant in the University of California-Los Angeles’s Senior Fellows executive leadership program (2014). She was the recipient of the Bea Kovacs’ Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Library and Information Studies Program, (2018), 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 “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 2016), and authorship of So You Want To Be A Librarian (Library Juice Press 2009).


Karen Munro, associate dean of libraries, learning and research services, at Simon Fraser University (SFU), has been elected vice-president/president-elect of ACRL.

Karen Munro

Karen Munro

“I am honoured and excited to be incoming vice-president/president-elect of ACRL. My past 16 years within the association have been interesting, challenging, and rewarding, and I’m eager to continue working with colleagues to strengthen our professional home.

“As I contemplate joining the ACRL leadership team, I’m keen to learn more about the strategic work already underway across the association. In particular, I’m interested in the work that so many people are doing to make our association, our institutions, and our profession more equitable, inclusive, and welcoming. I’m interested in the efforts we are making to understand and anticipate new roles for academic and research library workers, and I’m looking forward to furthering our robust engagement with student learning through the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy. This is a transformative time for our profession, in which we must continue to champion the value of library and cultural work in increasingly complex contexts. I’m interested in adding my voice to the conversation.

“ACRL is a powerful member-driven association, and it has been a springboard for me in many stages of my career. I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had, and I want to ensure that others can enjoy them, too. It’s important to me that our association is as flexible, nimble, and legible as possible, and that the wealth of professional development that ACRL offers is available to everyone who wishes to take advantage of it. I hope to use my leadership role to continue shaping the organization in ways that will best serve the membership.

“I want to thank SFU Library Dean Gwen Bird and all my colleagues for their support for my candidacy—as well as my absolutely stellar cocandidate, Penny Beile, who made standing for office a truly enjoyable experience. I’m looking forward to joining Lauren Pressley and Cheryl Middleton, as well as the entire ACRL Board and all members who stood for office this year, in the work of leading the association.”

During her 16 years of ACRL membership, Munro has served as chair of the ACRL Sections Council (2008–09), as ex-officio member of the ACRL Research Coordinating Committee (2008–09), and as cochair of the ACRL Conference Planning Green Component Committee (2007–09). Within ACRL sections, she has served as chair of the ACRL Instruction Section (IS) Nominating Committee (2014–16), as a member of the IS Advisory Council (2013–16), as IS member-at-large (2013–15), as chair of the IS Conference Program Planning Committee (2010–12), and as an intern for and as chair of the IS Research and Scholarship Committee (2006–07, 2007–08). She served as secretary, vice-chair, chair, and past-chair of the Literatures in English Section (LES) (2006–07, 2007–10); as initiator, chair, and as a member of the LES New Members Discussion Group (2004–08); and as a member of and as chair of the LES Section Planning Committee (2003–05). She was also a member of the ACRL Western European Studies Section (WESS) Research and Planning Committee (2003–05) and a member of the WESS 2005 Conference Program Planning Committee (2004–05).

Munro’s work with state, regional, and other national associations includes serving as a member of and as cochair of the Online Northwest Conference Planning Committee (2010–14, 2014–17), as member-at-large of the Information Literacy Advisory Group of Oregon (2012–14), as the Oregon University System representative on the ACRL-Oregon Board (2011–13), as the Librarians’ Association of the University of California (UC) representative on the UC Heads of Public Service Information Literacy Common Interest Group (2006–07), and as a member of the UC Berkeley Librarians’ Association of the University of California–Berkeley “Academic Library 2.0” Conference Committee (2006–07).

Munro received the University of Oregon Libraries Solari Incentive Award (2014). She was featured as an ACRL Member of the Week (2009). She received a UC Berkeley Townsend Center for the Humanities Fellowship (2007); a UC Berkeley Mellon Library/Faculty Fellowship on Undergraduate Research (2006); the University of British Columbia/British Columbia Library Association, Neal Harlow Prize (2002); a University of British Columbia Graduate Fellowship (2001); a North American Serials Interest Group Student Grant Award (2001); and a Canadian Library Association, HW Wilson Scholarship (2000).

Her publications include: Tactical Urbanism for Librarians (ALA Editions, 2017); “Energy Efficiency in the LMS: Faculty Evaluations of a Sustainable Embedded Model,” coauthored by Amy Hofer for Virtually Embedded: Case Studies of Online Embedded Librarianship (ACRL, 2013); and “Research for Design: Exploring Student and Instructor Attitudes Toward Accessing Library Resources and Services from Course Management Systems (CMS),” coauthored by Merinda McLure for Communications in Information Literacy (Volume 4, Number 1, 2010).


Vice-President/President-Elect: Karen Munro (1294); Penny Beile (1088).

Bylaws Revision: Yes (2266); No (45).

ACRL Board

Director-at-Large (4-year term): Faye A. Chadwell (1381); Rhonda Huisman (909).

Director-at-Large (4-year term): April D. Cunningham (1182); Robin Brown (1093).

Anthropology and Sociology Section (ANSS)

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Jill Conte (89); Carolyn McCallum (55).

Member-at-Large (2-year term): Diane Fulkerson (82); Rebecca J. Lee (59).

Arts Section

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Sha Towers (92); Ariel Turner (37).

College Libraries Section (CLS)

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Alexia Hudson Ward (376); Nathaniel King (181).

Secretary: Lauren Jensen (309); Leah Dunn (221).

Member-at-Large (2-year term): Julia Warga (318); Kim Copenhaver (217).

Community and Junior College Libraries Section (CJCLS)

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Susan P. Lieberthal (130); Ted Intarabumrung (100).

Secretary: Linda Miles (228); Write-in candidate (0).

Digital Scholarship Section (DSS)

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Hannah Scates Kettler (197); Ryan Clement (165).

Secretary: Chelcie Juliet Rowell (207); Lynda Kellam (158).

Member-at-Large (2-year term): Alix Keener (229); Elisandro Cabada (208); Jennifer Huck (158).

Distance Learning Section (DLS)

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Natalie Haber (247); Michael Courtney (80).

Secretary/Archivist: Andrea Hebert (166); Michelle Keba (149).

Member-at-Large (2-year term): Karla J. Aleman (184); Shauna Edson (133).

Education and Behavioral Sciences Section (EBSS)

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Ericka Arvidson Raber (230); Write-in candidate (0).

Member-at-Large (2-year term): Rachael Elrod (123); Dorinne Banks (112).

European Studies Section (ESS)

Chair: Ann Snoeyenbos (78); Marta Mestrovic Deyrup (64).

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Heidi Madden (76); Thomas Keenan (65).

Secretary: Chella Vaidyanathan (93); Lindsay Hansen Brown (47).

Member-at-Large (1-year term): Timothy Shipe (139); Write-in Candidate (0).

Instruction Section (IS)

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Susanna Eng-Ziskin (468); Kathy L. Magarrell (438).

Secretary: Kirsten M. Feist (503); Bill Marino (376).

Member-at-Large (2-year term): Melissa Bowles-Terry (629); Veronica Arellano Douglas (589); Amanda Izenstark (363).

Literatures in English Section (LES)

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Nancy M. Foasberg (113); Write-in Candidate (0).

Secretary: John Glover (72); Hillary A. H. Richardson (44).

Member-at-Large (1-year term): Meg Meiman (108); Write-in Candidate (0).

Politics, Policy & International Relations Section (PPIRS)

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Elizabeth White (119); Write-in Candidate (0).

Member-at-Large (2-year term): Catherine Morse (123); Write-in candidate (0).

Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS)

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Verónica Reyes-Escudero (175); Martha O’Hara Conway (174).

Member-at-Large (3-year term): Sarah Horowitz (174); Audrey Pearson (170).

Science and Technology Section (STS)

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Tim Klassen (181); Patricia E. Kenly (115).

Publicity Officer: Angela R. Davis (214); Beth Blanton-Kent (77).

Member-at-Large (2-year term): Samuel R. Putnam (276); Write-in Candidate (0).

University Libraries Section (ULS)

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Amanda Peters (617); Jody Bailey (393).

Member-at-Large (3-year term): Nancy S. Gibson (723); Rachel Mulvihill (559); Lis Pankl (340).

Women and Gender Studies Section (WGSS)

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Tara Baillargeon (204); Write-in candidate (0).

Secretary: Julie Adamo (112); Beth Twomey (96).

Member-at-Large (2-year term): Emily Asch (202); Write-in candidate (0).

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