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 Mariel Colbert at

List of ACRL Chapter Speaker Visits

Cheryl A. Middleton

Cheryl A. Middleton, ACRL President 2017-2018
Associate University Librarian for Research & Scholarly Communication
Oregon State University Libraries & Press
121 The Valley Library
Corvallis, OR 97331-4501
Work Phone: (541) 737-8527

M.L.I.S., Louisiana State University
B.S. in General Science, Oregon State University

Library Positions:
Associate University Librarian for Learning & Engagement, Oregon State University Libraries & Press, 2012-present
Head of OSU Libraries Teaching & Engagement, Oregon State University Libraries & Press, 2010-2012
Head of Undergraduate Learning & Library Information Access, Oregon State University Libraries & Press, 2006-2010
Interim Head of Undergraduate Learning & Library Information Access, Oregon State University Libraries & Press, 2006-2006

Cheryl A. Middleton

Lauren Pressley, ACRL President-Elect 2017-2018
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

Irene M.H. Herold

Irene M. H. Herold, ACRL Past President 2017-2018
University Librarian
University of Hawai’i at Mañoa
2500 McCarthy Mall
Honolulu, HI 96822
Work Phone: (808) 956-7205
Ph.D. in Managerial Leadership in the Information Professions, Simmons College
M.A. in History, Western Illinois University
M.L.S., University of Washington
B.A. in English, University of Washington
Library Positions:
University Librarian, University of Hawai’i at Mañoa, 2013-present
Dean of the Library, Keene State College, 2001-2013
Director of the Library, Daniel Webster College, 1998-2000
Public Services Librarian, Monmouth College, 1992-1998

Mary Ellen Davis

Mary Ellen K. Davis
Executive Director
Association of College and Research Libraries
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-2795
T: 312-280-3248

M.A., (Education), Central Michigan University, 1983
M.S., (Library & Information Science), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1981
B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1977 

Library Positions:
Executive Director, ACRL, 2001-Present
Senior Associate Executive Director, ACRL, 1993-2001
Editor & Publisher, College & Research Libraries News ( C&RL News), ACRL, 1991-2001
Director, Communications and Systems, ACRL 1990-91
Publications Program Officer, ACRL 1985-90
Assistant Director, "Let's Talk About It," 1984-85
Reference Librarian and Bibliographer, Central Michigan University, 1982-84
Reference Librarian, Downers Grove Public Library, 1981-82
Graduate Assistant, Main Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1980-81

Request for an ACRL Officer