ACRL Officers Speakers Bureau 2013/2014

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 chapter level. Last year, several chapters benefited from the ACRL Chapters Speakers Bureau program.

The program continues this year with 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.

If you have any questions, contact Chase Ollis at

List of ACRL Chapter Speaker Visits

                        Trevor A. Dawes, ACRL President 2013-2014
Associate University Librarian
Washington University in St. Louis
1 Brookings Drive
Campus Box 1061
Saint Louis, MO 63130-4862
Work Phone: (314) 935-5410

Ed.M. in Educational Leadership, Columbia University
M.L.S., Rutgers University
M.A. in Educational Administration, Columbia University
B.A. in Sociology, Columbia University

Library Positions:
Associate University Librarian, Washington University in St. Louis, 2013-present
Circulation Services Director, Princeton University, 2004-2013
Adjunct Instructor, College of Information Science and Technology, Drexel University, 2006-present
Head of Circulation and Support Services, Columbia University, 1999-2004
Head of Information and Library Privileges Office, Columbia University, 1992-1999

Karen Williams, ACRL Vice-President/President-Elect 2013-2014
Dean of University Libraries
University of Arizona Libraries
1510 E University Blvd
Main Library A349
Tuscon, AZ 85721
Work: (520) 621-6432

University of Michigan, AMLS, 1982
University of Michigan-Flint, BA English, certificate in secondary education, 1979

Library Positions:
Dean of University Libraries, University of Arizona, 2013-present
Associate University Librarian for Research and Learning, University of Minnesota, 2004-2013
Undergraduate Services Team Leader, University of Arizona, 2003-2004
Digital Library Initiatives Team Leader, University of Arizona, 1999-2003
Acting Team Leader for Special Collections, University of Arizona, 2000-2003
Social Sciences Team Leader, University of Arizona, 1993-1999
Head of Central Reference, University of Arizona, 1990-1993
Acting Head of Library Instruction, University of Arizona, 1989-1990
Central Reference Librarian, University of Arizona, 1986-1989
Assistant Library Instruction Librarian, University of Arizona, 1983-1985 


Steven J. Bell, ACRL Past President 2013-2014
Associate University Librarian for Research & Instructional Services
Temple University
1801 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Work Phone: (215) 204-5023

Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration, University of Pennsylvania
M.S.L.S., Drexel University
B.A. in American Studies, Temple University
Library Positions:
Associate University Librarian for Research & Instructional Services, Temple University, 2006-present
Library Director, Philadelphia University, 1997-2006
Assistant Director, Wharton School Library, University of Pennsylvania, 1994-1997
Head of Access Services, Wharton School Library, University of Pennsylvania, 1991-1994

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 2013-2014 (Sept. 1, 2013-Aug. 31, 2014)