Barbara Stripling was inaugurated as president at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.
Stripling holds the position of assistant professor of practice at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. She previously served seven years as the director of School Library Services for the New York City Department of Education. A member of ALA since 1977, she has served as a member-at-large of ALA Council from 1992–1996 and 1998-present. She also served on the ALA Executive Board (2001–2005) and is past president (1996–1997) of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL).
Stripling received a B.A. in speech and drama from Stanford University (1968), an M.A. in Communication and Theatre from the University of Colorado (1974), an M.Ed. in Instructional Resources from the University of Arkansas (1991), an Ed.S. in Educational Administration from the University of Arkansas (2003), and a Doctorate of Professional Studies, Information Management from Syracuse University (2011).
Upon her election, Stripling stated, "As ALA President, I plan to serve ALA members in all types of libraries by championing intellectual freedom and the right to privacy; literacy; advocacy for all types of libraries; public funding for libraries and library salaries; legislative action; equitable access to information, including e-books; and community-building and civic engagement through libraries. My 2013-2014 presidential initiative, Libraries Change Lives, will continue and deepen ALA’s support for fulfilling the promise of libraries by enabling libraries of all types to build transformative practice around the community priorities they have discovered by turning outward. The goal for all libraries is to listen to their communities and support community members in achieving their aspirations."