ACRL candidates for 2014: A look at who’s running for office

Ann Campion Riley; Rickey D. Best

Ann Campion Riley is the associate director for access, collections, and technical services at the University of Missouri, a position she has held since 2007. Prior to this, Riley served as director of technical and access services at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (2004–2007), library director at Saint Louis Community College-Meramec (1996–2004), and collection development librarian at Maryville University (1988–1996).

She has been a member of ACRL for 17 total years, beginning in 1986. During her membership with ACRL, she has served on the ACRL Board of Directors as Director-at-Large (2009–2013), the ACRL Membership Committee (2004–2006), the ACRL Chapter’s Council (2003–2005), and the ACRL Library Advocacy Institute as Regional Advocacy Trainer (2003–2005). She has also held roles in ACRL sections, including the Distance Learning Section as member-at-large (2001–2003) and Membership Committee chair (2004–2006), and in the Community and Junior College Library Section as secretary (1999–2001) and Resources Review Committee chair (1996–1999).

Riley’s ALA activities include serving on the ALA Committee on Organization (2005–2007), and being a member of the Intellectual Freedom Round Table. She has also been a member of the Library Leadership and Management Association, having served in the Library Organization and Management Section (2007–2009) and the Systems and Services Section (2007–2009), as well as a member of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (1980–1986, 1989–2007) and the Library Information Technology Association (1999–2002). Riley has also served in the MARC Format for Holdings Data Working Group (1989–1992) and in the Collection Development and Management Section (1990–2001).

Riley’s work with state and regional associations includes serving as a member of the Great Western Library Alliance (GWLA) Collection Development Committee (2009–present), member of the Great Plains Network and GWLA Advisory Council on the Management of the Lifecycle of Research Data Project (2012–present), member of the GWLA Digital Collections Committee (2007–2010), member of the Missouri Library Association as president (2005), Awards Committee chair (2007–2009) and By-laws Committee chair (2006–2008), member of the MOBIUS (Missouri state consortium) Task Force on New Discovery Tools (2007–2008), chair of the CARLI (Illinois state consortium) Statewide Serials Task Force (2006–2007), member of the CARLI Collections Working Group (2005–2007), member of the CARLI I-Share Acquisitions and Serials Team (2005–2007), president of the Missouri Association of College and Research Libraries (2003), chair of the MOBIUS Task Force on Cooperative Collection Development (2002–2003), secretary of the Missouri Public Academic Library Administrators (1999–2002), Board member of the Saint Louis Regional Library Network (1999–2002), and chair of the Missouri Library Network OCLC Users’ Group (1990–1991).

Riley has been honored as a Research Library Leadership Fellow with the Association of Research Libraries (2011–2012), and as a Global Scholar with the University of Missouri (2010). She has been awarded the “You Make a Difference Award” (Saint Louis Community College, 2004). She has also been honored with participation in Leadership Chesterfield (2001), LEADERS 1999, National Institute of Leadership Development, and Beta Phi Mu.

Her publications include “The Community of Libraries,” column MOinfo: Newsletter of the Missouri Library Association, 2005; coauthor of “Caution! Hazardous Substances: Recognizing and Deflecting Toxic Personalities in the Workplace,” presented at the ACRL Conference in Baltimore, 2007; and coauthor of “Using Staff Focus Groups to Help in Services Assessment,” Proceedings of the North Central Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, 2001.

Rickey D. Best is collection development librarian at Auburn University-Montgomery (AUM), a position he has held since 2010. Prior to this, Best served in a number of positions at AUM, including dean (1997–2010), head of technical services (1996–1997), and archivist/special collections librarian (1986–1997).

He has been a member of ACRL since 1988, during which time his activities have included serving as a member of the ACRL Government Relations Committee (2005–2010), the ACRL Standards and Accreditation Committee (2010–2012), the ACRL Leadership Recruitment and Nominating Committee (2010–2011), the ACRL Standards and Accreditation Committee (2010–2012), and the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Awards Committee (2012–2013). Best has also served on the ACRL Chapter’s Council as secretary (2010), vice-chair/chair-elect (2011–2012), and past chair (2012–2013), as well as vice-chair of the ACRL Intellectual Freedom Committee (2012).

Best has been a member of ALA since 1986, during which time he has served as a member of the ALA Chapter Relations Council (2011–2012). He has also served as a member of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (1997–present), including on the committee for the Esther J. Percy Award (2008–2009), as well as a member of the Library Administration and Management Association (2002–present), including on the Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation Section Committee on Using Measurement Data for Library Planning and Assessment (2010–present).

Best’s work with state and regional associations includes serving as a member of the Alabama Library Association (2003–present), in which he has served as a member of the Intellectual Freedom Committee (1989), cochair of the Intellectual Freedom Committee (2008–2011), and member-at-large for Organization and By-Laws (2012–present). Best has also been a member of the Alabama ACRL Chapter since 1986, in which he has served as vice president/president-elect (2008–2009), president (2009–2010), and past president (2010–2011). He has also served as member of the Alabama ACRL Legislative Committee (2010–present), and as chair of the Alabama ACRL Membership Committee (2012–present). His work with the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries (NAAL) includes serving as a member since 1997 and as vice-chair (2008–2009), as well as serving as a member of the NAAL representative to the State Historic Records Board (2006–present), member of the State Historic Records Board Grant Review Committee (2008–present), member of the State Historic Records Board Strategic Planning Committee (2008–present), member of the NAAL Task-Force on State Government Electronic Records (2006–2008), member of the NAAL Board of Directors (1997–2010), member (2001–2010) and chair of the NAAL Budget Committee, member (1998–1999) and chair (2003-2010) of the NAAL Committee on Continuing Education, member of the NAAL Committee on Membership (2003, 2008–2009), member of the NAAL Committee on Online Resources (2010–2012), member of the NAAL Recruitment for Academic Librarians Task Force Committee (2003–2010), and member (1997–2002) and chair (1998–2000) of the NAAL Committee on Resource Sharing.

Best has been recipient to the Beta Kappa Chapter of Beta Phi Mu Librarian of the Year Award (2010), the Alabama Library Association Humanitarian Award (2003), membership in Phi Kappa Phi (May 2003–present), membership in Omnicon Delta Kappa (November 1997–present), and was the first faculty winner of the Friends of the AUM Library Faculty and Staff Service Award (June 1996, won a second time in June 2010).

His publications include “Library School Programs and the Successful Training of Academic Librarians to Meet Promotion and Tenure Requirements in the Academy,” College & Research Libraries, 2010; “The University of Pittsburgh Study in an Electronic Environment: Have E-books Changed Usage Patterns of Monographs?,” The Acquisitions Librarian, 2007; and coauthor of “E-Book Usage and the Choice Outstanding Academic Book List: Is There a Correlation?,” Journal of Academic Librarianship, 2006.

ACRL Board of Directors

Director-at-Large: Rodney Lippard, Director, Learning Resource Centers Information Commons, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College; John Culshaw, University Librarian, University of Iowa.

Director-at-Large: Linda McCann, Director of Library Services, Bucks County Community College; Kim Leeder, Director of Library Services, College of Western Idaho.

African American Studies Librarians Section

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Derek Mosley, Director and Archivist, Ernest J. Gaines Center, University of Louisiana-Lafayette.

Secretary: Latanya N. Jenkins, Reference Librarian for Government Information and African American Studies, Temple University.

Member-at-Large: Grace Jackson-Brown, Associate Professor of Library Science, Missouri State University.

Anthropology and Sociology Section

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Helen Clements, Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian and Associate Professor, Oklahoma State University; Miriam Rigby, Social Sciences Librarian, University of Oregon.

Member-at-Large: Carolyn McCallum, Cataloging Librarian for Nonprint Materials and Anthropology Liaison, Wake Forest University; Wade Kotter, Social Sciences and Music Librarian, Weber State University.

Arts Section

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Greg Hatch, Head of Fine Arts and Architecture, University of Utah; Judith Thomas, Director of Arts and Media Services, University of Virginia Library.

Asian, African, and Middle Eastern Studies Section

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Yue Li, Associate University Librarian, Florida State University.

Member-at-Large: Liladhar Pendse, Librarian for Central Asian, Caucasus, American, and East European Studies Collections and Head of International Exchanges, University of California-Berkeley; Qian Liu, Associate Librarian and Subject Librarian for Chinese and Korean Studies, Arizona State University.

College Libraries Section

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Sally Bryant, Head of Access Services, Pepperdine University; Michael Miller, Acting Chief Librarian, Bronx Community College, City University of New York.

Secretary: Debra Andreadis, Assistant Director for Education and Research Services, Denison University; Danielle Theiss, Research, Learning and Assessment Services Librarian, Rockhurst University.

Member-at-Large: Kim Copenhaver, Assistant Professor and Instruction, Reference and Access Services Librarian, Eckerd College; Ann Watson, Dean of the Library, Shepherd University.

Member-at-Large: Anthony White, Director of Decker Library, Maryland Institute College of Art; Scott Sheidlower, Associate Professor, York College/City University of New York.

Community and Junior College Libraries Section

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Elizabeth Bowman, Outreach and Collection Development Librarian, Santa Barbara City College.

Secretary: Anders Selhorst, Head Librarian, Guilford Technical Community College.

Distance Learning Section

Vice - chair/Chair - elect : Mou Chakraborty, Director of Public Services, Salisbury University; Megan Davis, Reference and Instruction Librarian, University of Maryland University College.

Secretary/Archivist: Cheryl Blevens, Reference Instruction Librarian, Indiana State University; Carrie Moran, Regional Campus Librarian, University of Central Florida.

Member-at-Large: Elaine Fabbro, Acting Director of Library Services, Athabasca University; Cynthia Porter, Distance Support Librarian, A. T. Still University.

Education and Behavioral Sciences Section

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Joyce Garczynski, Communications and Development Librarian, Towson University; Bernadette Lear, Behavioral Sciences and Education Librarian and Coordinator of Library Instruction, Pennsylvania State University-Harrisburg.

Member-at-Large: Ericka Raber, Research and Instruction Librarian, University of Iowa; Mary Feeney, Associate Librarian, Research Services Team, University of Arizona.

Instruction Section

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Ellysa Stern Cahoy, Education Librarian, Penn State University; Susanna Eng-Ziskin, First-Year Experience Librarian and Reference Services and Collections Coordinator, California State University-Northridge.

Secretary: Nancy Fawley, Head of Library Liaison Program, University of Nevada-Las Vegas; Jackie Belanger, Research and Instruction Librarian and Assessment Coordinator, University of Washington-Bothell.

Member-at-Large: Elana Karshmer, Instruction Program and Information Literacy Librarian, Saint Leo University; Sara Holder, Interim Head Librarian, McGill University; Amy E. Gibson, Head of Instruction, Information Literacy Librarian and Professor, University of Mississippi.

Law and Political Science Section

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Mara Degnan-Rojeski, Public Policy and Data Librarian, Georgetown University; Rosalind Tedford, Director for Research and Instruction Services, Wake Forest University.

Member-at-Large: Sarah Hogan, Bibliographer for Political Science, Sociology, International Relations, and Public Policy, University of Chicago.

Literatures in English Section

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: David D. Oberhelman, W. P. Wood Professor of Library Service, Oklahoma State University; Amanda Rust, Assistant Department Head for Arts and Humanities, Northeastern University Libraries.

Secretary: Priscilla Finley, Humanities Librarian, University of Nevada-Las Vegas; Linda Stein, Librarian, University of Delaware.

Member-at-Large: Elizabeth Chase, Head of Collections, Assessment and User Engagement, Stonehill College; Robin Imhof, Humanities Librarian, University of the Pacific.

Rare Books and Manuscripts Section

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Cherry Williams, Curator of Manuscripts, Indiana University; John Pull, Team Leader for Web Operations, Library of Congress: Congressional Research Service.

Member-at-Large: Jessica Pigza, Assistant Curator, Rare Book Division, New York Public Library; Beth Whittaker, Assistant Dean of Distinctive Collections, University of Kansas.

Science and Technology Section

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Mary Linn Bergstrom, Research Data Curation, Science and Engineering Liaison Librarian, University of California-San Diego; Will E. Hires, Research Librarian for STEM, Howard University.

Publicity Officer: Clara Fowler, Manager of Information Services, MD Anderson Cancer Center; Tod Colegrove, Director of the DeLaMare Science and Engineering Library and Assistant Professor, University of Nevada-Reno.

Member-at-Large: Moriana Garcia, Natural Sciences Liaison Librarian, Denison University; Louise Richards, Assistant Director of the Odegaard Undergraduate Library and Fisheries and Oceanography Liaison Librarian, University of Washington.

Slavic and Eastern European Section

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Brenda Carter, Slavic Cataloger, University of Pittsburgh.

University Libraries Section

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Jason Martin, Head of Public Services, Stetson University; David Moore, Library Director, University of Alabama-Huntsville.

Member-at-Large: Amanda Peters, University Learning Communities Librarian, University of Michigan; April Schweikhard, Reference and Instructional Services Librarian, University of Oklahoma-Tulsa; Drew Smith, Assistant Librarian of Academic Services, University of South Florida; Rachel Schipper, Associate Dean, University of Florida.

Western European Studies Section

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Jeff Staiger, Librarian for Classics, English, and Romance Languages, University of Oregon; Kristen Totleben, Modern Languages and Cultures Librarian, University of Rochester.

Secretary: Lidia Uziel, Librarian for Western Europe, Harvard University.

Member-at-Large: Anna Shparberg, Librarian for History, German Studies, and Linguistics, Rice University.

Women and Gender Studies Section

Vice-chair/Chair-elect:Stacy Russo, Librarian, Santa Ana College.

Secretary: Marissa Ball, Emerging Technologies Librarian and Women and Gender Studies/Queer Studies Liaison, Florida International University Libraries; Nina Clements, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Penn State Brandywine.

Member-at-Large: Bea Calvert, Women’s Studies Librarian, Newcomb College Institute at Tulane; Susan Wood, Media and Reader Services Librarian, Suffolk County Community College.

Volunteer for ACRL committees

ACRL Vice-President/President-Elect Karen Williams invites all members to volunteer to become engaged in the association by volunteering to serve on a committee or editorial board. The ACRL committee volunteer form for section and division-level appointments is now open. If you wish to be considered for a committee appointment, complete the ACRL volunteer form by February 15, 2014.

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