And the winners are . . . The official results of the 2023 ACRL election

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Beth McNeil, dean of libraries and school of information studies and Esther Ellis Norton professor of library science at Purdue University, is the 86th president of ACRL.

“What an exciting and dynamic time in academic libraries, full of both opportunities and challenges facing us as library workers and members of ACRL,” McNeil said. “I am delighted to serve as ACRL President and deeply honored to have been selected to do so. Throughout my career, ACRL has been my professional home, providing the developmental and growth opportunities I needed, connections with mentors I admired and learned from, and networking opportunities that continue to fuel my fire for the work we do.

Elisandro (Alex) Cabada, assistant professor, emerging technologies and immersive scholarship librarian, and director of the Grainger IDEA Lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect.

“I am honored to serve as the next ACRL president,” Cabada said. “With the recent NIH and OSTP mandates, we are entering a new era of Open Scholarship. By making research more freely available to a much broader population, we bring a more diverse community of scientists into the research process, thereby accelerating our ability to solve society’s greatest challenges. While there are many challenges ahead for us, there are also opportunities to advocate for the value of Open Access, for responsible and ethical use of technology, such as generative AI, and for a purposeful understanding of how this will impact our underserved and marginalized communities. With this understanding, we can come together to build on the meaningful work needed to address the inequities of the digital and technological divide in our communities.

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