ACRL Officers Speakers Bureau 2014/2015

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. 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 Chase Ollis at

List of ACRL Chapter Speaker Visits


Karen Williams, ACRL President 2014-2015
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 

Ann Campion Riley, Vice President/President-Elect 2014-2015
Associate Director for Access, Collections and Technical Services
University of Missouri
52 Ellis Library
Columbia, MO 65201
Work Phone: (573) 882-1685
M.A. in English, University of Missouri, St. Louis
M.S.L.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
A.B. in English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Library Positions:
Associate Director for Access, Collections and Technical Services, University of Missouri, 2007-present
Director, Technical and Access Services, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, 2004-2007
Library Director, Saint Louis Community College, Meramec, 1996-2004
Collection Development Librarian, Maryville University, 1988-1996

Trevor A. Dawes, ACRL Past President 2014-2015
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

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 2014–2015 (Sept. 1, 2014–Aug. 31, 2015)