And the winners are …: The official results of the 2014 ACRL elections

Karen A. Williams

Karen A. Williams, dean of university libraries at the University of Arizona, is the 77th president of ACRL.

“I feel especially lucky that my year as president will include both an ACRL conference and the 75th anniversary of our association. I hope to see many of you in Portland in March 2015 for the ACRL 2015 conference, which carries the theme ‘Creating Sustainable Community.’ This theme recognizes that higher education is an ecosystem forever in flux, with the pace of change increasing in response to powerful forces in our surrounding environment. These changes include an increased understanding of how students learn, evolving research methods, and changing practices in how scholars communicate and disseminate their research and creative work—all of which are heavily influenced by new and rapidly changing technologies. In response to these changes, librarians and library staff are inventing new and innovative roles for us, both within our institutions and, increasingly, across institutions and with others, such as publishers and higher education associations. Radical collaborations will afford us the most creative outlets. ACRL 2015 will offer more than 300 programs and unlimited networking opportunities. Check out the website ( to see what your colleagues have said about the value of previous conferences, to submit a proposal, or to check out the scholarships.

“The ACRL 75th Anniversary Celebration Task Force has been hard at work for some time now, planning a variety of opportunities to celebrate the past and envision the future. Among these activities are a special anniversary edition of C&RL, a report on the future of academic librarianship, and programs at both ACRL 2015 and the 2015 ALA Annual Conference. The 2015 ACRL President’s Program will look forward, focusing on the theme of new roles and new work.

“I also look forward to working with our three goal area committees (the value of academic libraries, student learning, and research and the scholarly environment), as well as the many other committees, task forces, and working groups that carry out the critical work of ACRL through member involvement with strong staff support.

“I’m excited about working with you as we launch the next 75 years of ACRL!”

As president, Williams will preside over the ACRL Board of Directors and ACRL Executive Committee, and plan ACRL’s major program at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference. She will work with the ALA president and other division presidents representing ACRL both within and outside of ALA.

Prior to her current position, Williams held a number of positions at the University of Arizona, including undergraduate services team leader (2003–04), digital library initiatives team leader (1999–2003), acting team leader for special collections (2000–03), social sciences team leader (1993–99), head of central reference (1990–93), acting head of library instruction (1989–90), central reference librarian (1986–89), and assistant library instruction librarian (1983–85).

Her activities in ACRL include serving as ACRL Board Member (2005–09), member and chair of the ACRL Leadership Nominations and Recruitment Committee (2009–10, 2010–11), cochair of the ACRL 2011 Invited Papers Committee (2010–11), and member of the ACRL Scholarly Communication Committee (2005–09). Williams is a faculty member of the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Program (1999–present) and was a faculty member of the ACRL/ARL Scholarly Communication Institute (2006–07). She has also served on the ACRL College & Research Libraries Editorial Board (2007–09), on the Publications in Librarianship Editorial Board (2002–05), as a member of the Hugh T. Atkinson Memorial Award Committee (2002–05), and as a member of the Excellence in Academic Libraries Award Nominating Committee (2001–04). Williams has served on the ACRL Information Literacy Advisory Council (2000–01), the ACRL Institute for Information Literacy Steering Committee as member and facilitator (1998–2002), and the ACRL Professional Education Committee (1984–87).

Within the ACRL Instruction Section, she has served as secretary (1988–89), vice-chair (1999–2000), chair (2000–02) and chair of the Miriam Dudley Award Committee (2001–02), chair of the Pre-conference Program Planning Committee (1998–99), chair of the Strategic Plan Task Force (1996–97), and as member and chair of the Continuing Education Committee (1984–85, 1985–87). She has also served as secretary to the University Libraries Section (1995–97).

Her ALA activities include serving as chair of the RUSA Reference Services in Large Research Libraries Discussion Group (1992) and member of the RUSA Professional Development Committee (1985–89).

Williams’s work with state and regional associations includes serving as chair of the Association of Research Libraries Learning Outcomes Working Group (2003–05), member of the OCLC E-Learning Task Force (2003), and president of the Arizona Library Association College and University Libraries Division (1993–94).

Williams won the ACRL Special Presidential Recognition Award given to founding members of the Institute for Information Literacy and Immersion Program faculty in 2009. She was involved in the CIC Academic Leadership Program (2005–06) and the UCLA Senior Fellows Program in 2001. Williams also won the University of Arizona Award for Excellence in 2001.

Her publications include coeditor of The Expert Library: Staffing, Sustaining, and Advancing the Academic Library in the 21st Century, ACRL, 2010; author of “A Framework for Articulating New Library Roles,” Research Library Issues, 2009; and author of “Every Librarian a Leader,” in Information Literacy Instruction Handbook, ALA, 2008.

Ann Campion Riley

Ann Campion Riley, associate director for access, collections, and technical services at the University of Missouri, has been elected vice president/president elect of ACRL.

“I am thrilled to be the next person in a long line of hard-working librarians to have the opportunity of leading ACRL. The inspiring experience of working with a future-oriented Board of Directors will be wonderful. Active ACRL members are all hard-workers, and bring a great spirit of inquiry to the organization. Furthering ACRL’s current initiatives, such as the Value of Libraries work and the study of the role of research data curation in libraries, are continuing challenges. Looking for the next set of challenges won’t take long as ACRL looks forward and works to engage and serve new and current members.”

Riley’s activities in ACRL include serving as a member of the ACRL Board of Directors (2009–13), ACRL Chapters Council (2003–05), ACRL Library Advocacy Institute (2003), Regional Advocacy Trainer (2003–05), member-at-large of the Distance Learning Section (2001–03), chair of the DLS Membership Committee (2004–06), secretary of the Community and Junior College Library Section (1999–2001), and CJCLS Resources Review Committee chair (1996–99).

Riley’s work with state and regional associations includes serving on the Great Western Library Alliance (GWLA) Collection Development Committee (2009–present), Great Plains Network and GWLA Advisory Council on the Management of the Lifecycle of Research Data Project (2012–present), GWLA Digital Collections Committee (2007–10), Missouri Library Association (MLA) Awards Committee chair (2007–09), MLA president (2005), and president of the Missouri Association of College and Research Libraries (2003).

Her awards include being honored as a Research Library Leadership Fellow by the Association of Research Libraries (2011–12), and as a Global Scholar by the University of Missouri (2010). She has been awarded the “You Make a Difference Award” by the 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 and presentations include “The Community of Libraries” column in 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 National Conference in Baltimore (2007); and coauthor of “Using Staff Focus Groups to Help in Services Assessment” published in the Proceedings of the North Central Association Annual Meeting (2001).


Vice-President/President-Elect: Ann Campion Riley (1501); Rickey D. Best (693).

ACRL Board

Director-at-Large (4-year term): John P. Culshaw (1295); Rodney Eugene Lippard (791).

Director-at-Large (4-year term): Kim Leeder (1188); Linda McCann (890).

African American Studies Librarians Section (AFAS)

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Derek T. Mosley (55); Write-in candidate (0).

Secretary: Latanya N. Jenkins (56); Write-in candidate (0).

Member-at-Large (2-year term): Grace Jackson-Brown (56); Write-in candidate (0).

Anthropology and Sociology Section (ANSS)

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Miriam Rigby (51); Helen P. Clements (44).

Member-at-Large (2-year term): Wade Ralph Kotter (51); Carolyn McCallum (45).

Arts Section

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Greg Hatch (73); Judith Ellen Thomas (45).

Asian, African, and Middle Eastern Section (AAMES)

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Yue Li (38); Write-in candidate (0).

Member-at-Large (2-year term): Liladhar R. Pendse (30); Qian Liu (25); Write-in candidate (0).

College Libraries Section (CLS)

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Sally Bryant (271); Michael J. Miller (220).

Secretary: Debbie Andreadis (239); Danielle Theiss (235).

Member-at-Large (1-year term): Ann M. Watson (301); Kim Copenhaver (169).

Member-at-Large (2-year term): Tony White (360); Scott Sheidlower (108).

Community and Junior College Libraries Section (CJCLS)

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Elizabeth Bowman (201); Write-in candidate (1).

Secretary: Anders Selhorst (200); Write-in candidate (2).

Distance Learning Section (DLS)

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Megan A. Davis (169); Mou Chakraborty (105).

Secretary/Archivist: Cheryl L. Blevens (138); Carrie E. Moran (133).

Member-at-Large (2-year term): Cynthia Porter (153); Elaine Fabbro (123).

Education and Behavioral Sciences Section (EBSS)

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Bernadette A. Lear (89); Joyce Virginia Garczynski (64).

Member-at-Large (2-year term): Mary Feeney (95); Ericka Arvidson Raber (51).

Instruction Section (IS)

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Ellysa Stern Cahoy (410); Susanna Eng-Ziskin (366).

Secretary: Jackie Belanger (399); Nancy Fawley (349).

Member-at-Large (2-year term): Sara Holder (478); Amy Elizabeth Gibson (400); Elana D. Karshmer (333).

Literatures in English Section (LES)

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Amanda Rust (73); David. D. Oberhelman (44).

Secretary: Linda Lawrence Stein (66); Priscilla J. Finley (45).

Member-at-Large (1-year term): Robin Imhof (69); Elizabeth Chase (45).

Law and Political Science Section (LPSS)

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Rosalind Lee Tedford (50); Mara Degnan-Rojeski (42).

Member-at-Large (2-year term): Sara Hogan (88); Write-in candidate (0).

Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS)

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Cherry Dunham Williams (192); John Nicholas Pull (80).

Member-at-Large (3-year term): Beth M. Whittaker (173); Jessica Pigza (100).

Science and Technology Section (STS)

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Mary Linn Bergstrom (182); Will Hires (95).

Publicity Officer: Clara S. Fowler (146); Patrick “Tod” Colegrove (127).

Member-at-Large (2-year term): Moriana L. M. Garcia (148); Louise M. Richards (125).

Slavic and East European Section (SEES)

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Brenda Carter (34); Write-in candidate (2).

University Libraries Section (ULS)

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Jason Martin (478); David P. Moore (408).

Member-at-Large (3-year term): Amanda Peters (599); Drew Smith (439); April J. Schweikhard (417); Write-in candidate (5).

Western European Studies Section (WESS)

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Jeff Staiger (58); Kristen Totleben (28).

Secretary: Lidia Uziel (81); Write-in candidate (0).

Member-at-Large (1-year term): Anna Shparberg (83); Write-in candidate (0).

Women and Gender Studies Section (WGSS)

Vice-chair/Chair-elect: Stacy Russo (95); Write-in candidate (0).

Secretary: Nina Clements (55); Marissa C. Ball (43).

Member-at-Large (2-year term): Susan E. Wood (57); Bea Calvert (39).

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