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For Immediate Release
May 1, 2003

Carol A. Brey-Casiano elected ALA president for 2004-2005; Teri R. Switzer elected to complete ALA treasurer term

Carol A. Brey-Casiano, executive director of the El Paso (Texas) Public Library, has been elected president of the American Library Association for the 2004-2005 term. Brey-Casiano won over Robert R. Newlen, head of the Legislative Relations Office, Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., and Herman L. Totten, Regents Professor in the School of Library and Information Sciences at the University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton.

Teri R. Switzer, assistant director for Human Resources and Budget at Auraria Library in Denver, was elected to fill the remainder of the American Library Association (ALA) Treasurer term being vacated by Liz Bishoff. Switzer defeated Donna Dziedzic, director of Naperville (Ill.) Public Library, and Joann G. Mondowney, assistant director of the Flint (Mich.) Public Library. The one-year term begins in June 2003.

As ALA president, Brey-Casiano will be the chief elected officer for the oldest and largest library organization in the world. The ALA has a membership of more than 64,000 librarians, library trustees and library supporters. Its mission is to promote the highest quality library and information services and public access to information.

Brey-Casiano will become president-elect in July 2003, and will assume the ALA presidency in July 2004, following the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando. She will serve a one-year term as president.

"I am extremely pleased to be elected the next President of ALA, and want to thank my colleagues for their faith in my abilities," Brey-Casiano said. "Together, we can tell our story to the American people, making it clear that libraries - and the people who work in them - are essential to our democracy."

Brey-Casiano is currently a member of ALA Council and previously served as Illinois Chapter Councilor from 1992-95. She has chaired the Public Library Association’s (PLA) Basic Education and Literacy Services Committee, as well as the Public Relations Committee of the Texas Library Association (TLA). She is a REFORMA member and is chair for TLA’s Library Services to the Spanish-Speaking Roundtable. She has been a member of the ALA Library Advocacy Now! Network since its inception.

Prior to working in El Paso, Brey-Casiano was director of the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library System in Las Cruces/Dona Ana County (N.M.) from 1996-2000. She also manages her own consulting firm, Visions, and served as director of the Oak Park (Ill.) Public Library from 1991-95. After starting her career as a bookmobile librarian in rural Missouri, she served as the youngest director of the Muskogee (Okla.) Public Library at age 24.

Brey-Casiano was named to the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom Roll of Honor in 1999 and was recognized as one of the Outstanding Young Women of America in 1984.

She holds a master’s degree in library science from the University of Illinois and began her Ph.D. studies at the University of Texas at Austin in the Graduate School of Library & Information Science.

Before taking the post at Auraria Library earlier this year, Switzer worked three years as interim assistant dean for administrative services at Colorado State University (Ft. Collins), where she was responsible for primary oversight of all fiscal services for the University Libraries. She also has worked as personnel librarian and associate professor at Colorado State for more than seven years. She is the treasurer of Keystone Valley Corp., a sub-chapter S corporation with business holdings in Summit County, Colo., and is a member of the governing board of the Central Colorado Library System.

"I am honored to have been elected ALA treasurer for the coming year," Switzer said. "ALA is facing several challenges, and I pledge to diligently work with the ALA Executive Board, the Council, the ALA officers and the membership to meet these challenges. I will continue to support ALA’s mission of promoting quality library and information services and public access to information to all people. Thank you for your confidence in my abilities and I look forward to the coming year."

Switzer is an active participant in the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Personnel Administrators and Staff Development Officers Discussion Group, and served as its co-chair from 1993-94. She also is a board member for Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) and chairs its Human Resources Section. Switzer has chaired the LAMA/Library Organization and Management Section (LOMS) Financial Management Committee.

Switzer holds a master’s degree in library science for the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and a master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting/taxation from Colorado State University. She is a member of Beta Phi Mu and Beta Alpha Psi honorary societies.

ASCLA, ACRL, PLA and LAMA are all divisions of the ALA.

A total of 9,844 votes were cast in the election. Division and Round Tables were also decided.

Related Files

DSR Results (PDF File)
Council Results (PDF File)