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Contact: JoAnne Kempf
ALA Governance
For Immediate Release
February 5, 2008

Chen, Eagan, and Knowles elected to ALA Executive Board

(CHICAGO) Diane R. Chen, Joseph Eagan and Em Claire Knowles have been elected to serve on the American Library Association (ALA) Executive Board. The new board members were elected by the ALA Council in a vote taken at the 2008 ALA Midwinter Meeting held January 11 to 16 in Philadelphia. Chen, Eagan, and Knowles will each serve three-year terms beginning in July 2008 and concluding in June 2011.

Chen is a library information specialist at the Hickman Elementary School in Nashville, Tenn., and has been an active member of the ALA for 13 years. She has held leadership positions in the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), where she chaired the AASL Legislation Committee and is the director-elect of Region 4. Chen is also an active member of the Tennessee Library Association and is a past-president of the Tennessee Association of School Librarians. She a graduate of Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa., where she majored in Elementary Education and Modern Languages/Chinese, and holds an M.A. in Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa. Chen is an active blogger for School Library Journal.

Eagan, the manager of the Olney Library of the Montgomery County (Md.) Public Libraries, has been a member of ALA since 1988. He is currently the chair of the ALA Council Orientation Committee and previously chaired the ALA Conference Committee. He has served as the Maryland Chapter Councilor since 2002 and has been a member of the Maryland Library Association Executive Board since 1998. Eagan is also a member of the Public Library Association (PLA) and the ALA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Round Table (GLBTRT), and has held numerous committee positions with both organizations. He is a graduate of Boston College and holds an MLS degree from Simmons College and an MLA degree from John Hopkins University.

Knowles serves as the assistant dean for Student Administrative Services at the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science in Boston. She is a lifetime member of ALA and has served on numerous ALA committees and task forces throughout her tenure. Knowles is a founding member of the Racial and Diversity Committee of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). She has held leadership roles in the Black Caucus of the ALA, REFORMA/ Northeast, and currently chairs the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. She holds a B.A. from the University of California, Davis, an MLS from the University of California, Berkeley, MPA from California State University, Sacramento, and a Doctor of Arts from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

AASL, PLA and ACRL are divisions of the ALA. REFORMA is an affiliate of the ALA.

The ALA Executive Board manages the affairs of the association. It is composed of the president, president-elect, immediate past president, treasurer, executive director and eight members elected by Council from among the members of that body. For more information on the Executive Board, please visit