ACRL Officers Speakers Bureau

For several years, funds have been available to give chapters the opportunity to invite members of the ACRL Board and the Executive Director to the region as participants in chapter activities. The purpose of the visit is to speak about the activities and initiatives of ACRL and to learn of members’ interests at the chapter level. Each year, several chapters have benefited from the ACRL Chapters Speakers Bureau program.

The program features a slate of speakers eager to share ideas. Below is an informational listing of the ACRL President, Vice-President/President-Elect and Executive Director.

To maintain equity, each chapter or potential chapter is visited at a frequency of approximately every four years. Potential chapters are defined as those in an active state of being formed. This budget line is funded at an average of $750 per trip.

The chapter may indicate a preference for a particular officer from among the three, but if that person is not available (or is already over committed) another officer may represent the Association.

To request a speaker, the chapter should submit the ‘Request for an ACRL Officer’ form below. Submit requests for a fall/spring conference as soon as possible. Chapters are awarded funding on a first come, first serve basis. To best accommodate requests, chapters should submit requests for an ACRL officer at least 6 months prior to the chapter’s event.

If you have any questions, contact Lauren Carlton at

List of ACRL Chapter Speaker Visits

Karen Munro

Karen Munro, ACRL President 2019-2020
Associate Dean of Libraries, Learning and Research Services
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6
Work Phone:(778) 782-3252

University of British Columbia, MLIS, 2002
University of Iowa, MFA Writing, 1999
McGill University, BA English Literature, 1995

Library Positions:
Head, University of Oregon Portland Library and Learning Commons, 2008 – 2017
E-Learning Librarian, University of California Berkeley, 2005 – 2008
Literature Librarian, University of Oregon, 2002 – 2005

Jon E. Cawthrone, ACRL President-Elect 2019-2020
Dean of Wayne State University Library System and School of Information Sciences
5155 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI, 48202
Phone: (313) 577-4020

M.L.S., University of Maryland
Ph.D. in Managerial Leadership in the Information Professions, Simmons College

Library Positions:
Dean of Wayne State University Library System and School of Information Sciences, 2017-Present
Dean of Libraries at West Virginia University, 2014-2017
Associate Dean of Public Services and Assessment at Florida State University, 2012-2014
Associate University Librarian for Public Services at Boston College, 2011-2012

Lauren Pressley

Lauren Pressley, ACRL Past President 2018-2019
Director of the UW Tacoma Library and Associate Dean of University Libraries
University of Washington, Tacoma
1900 Commerce Street
Tacoma, WA 98402
Work Phone: (253) 692-4444

M.L.I.S., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
B.A. in Philosophy, North Carolina State University
B.A. in Small Group and Interpersonal Communication, North Carolina State University

Library Positions:
Director of the UW Tacoma Library and Associate Dean of University Libraries, 2015-present
Director, Learning Environments, Virginia Tech, 2014-2015
Associate Director, Learning and Outreach, Virginia Tech, 2013-2014
Head of Instruction, Wake Forest University, 2011-2013

Request for an ACRL Officer