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Steven J. Bell
ACRL President

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  • Continuing work with President’s Program 2013 Planning Committee. The Committee is developing its list of potential speakers, as well as a plan for pre-program activities and promoting the event.
  • Assisted Joyce Ogburn to identify and appoint members to serve on the Organizational Values Task Force.
  • Attended the ASAE Symposium Chief Staff Executives and Chief Elected Officers with ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen Davis, Baltimore, November 17-18, 2011.
  • Participating member of ALA Committee on Appointments.


  • Keynote Speaker, Maryland ACRL Chapter, Columbia MD on October 14, 2011.
  • Represented academic librarianship at Drexel iSchool's iConnect 2011 Alumni Panel on October 15, 2011.
  • Keynote Speaker, Academic Librarians Association of Ohio, November 4, 2011.
  • Keynote Speaker, ACRL New England Chapter  May 18, 2012.
  • Keynote Speaker for the Illinois ACRL Chapter on March 16, 2012.
  • Keynote Speaker, Federation of Kentucky Academic Librarians June 15, 2012.
  • Keynote Speaker,  ACRL New York Metro Chapter Program on December 7, 2012  Presentation: "Want a More Entrepreneurial Academic Library? First Escape Your Culture".
  • Keynote Speaker, ACRL Kentucky Chapter on March 24, 2013
  • Panel Sessions Presenter,  ACRL 2013, in April 2013. Panels: “Experience is Everything: Moving Beyond Usability to Totality” and “Ditch the Textbook
  • Keynote Speaker,  Delaware Valley Chapter on April 19, 2013 (hosted at Temple University).  Bell spoke about the importance of grassroots leadership to ACRL chapter success. 
  • Keynote Speaker, Eastern New York Chapter, May 20, 2013. Delivered a presentation on user experience that fit the theme of their conference. Also delivered the concurrent session “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the ACRL President But Were Afraid to Ask…Plus 10 things ACRL is doing to improve our Association”
  • Plenary Speaker, Charleston Conference, November 2013.

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   Biographical Information

Steven J. Bell is associate university librarian for research and instructional services at Temple University, a position he has held since 2006. From 1997-2005, he was library director at Philadelphia University. Prior to that, he held positions at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School Library where he was assistant director (1994-97) and head of access services (1994-94).

His activities in ACRL include serving as co-chair of the 2011 President’s Program Planning Committee (2010-present), as co-chair of the ACRL 2011 Conference Keynote Speaker Committee (2009-present), and as chair of the ACRL Appointments Committee (2008-09).

He was co-chair of the ACRL 2007 Conference Innovations Committee (2005-07), and was on the ACRL College Libraries Section (CLS) Executive Committee (2006-09), where he served as chair (2007-08). Bell was also active as chair of the CLS Research Committee (2004-06), and served on the ACRL 2005 Conference Workshop Committee (2004-05). He was a member of the ACRL Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Committee (2000-04) and served a term on the ACRL Excellence in Academic Librarianship Award Nominating Committee (1999-2000).

Steven’s work with state and regional associations includes serving on the PALINET Board of Trustees (2002-05), and as president of the ACRL Delaware Valley Chapter (1998-2000).

His publications include author of, “Fit Libraries Are Future-Proof,” American Libraries, Vol 41, Number 10, 2010,; author, “Taming the Textbook Market,” Inside Higher Ed, June 11, 2010,; and co-author with John Shank, Academic Librarianship by Design, ALA Press, 2007.

Through projects such as the Keeping Up Website (2001), Kept-Up Academic Librarian (2003), the Blended Librarians Online Learning Community (2004), ACRLog (2005), Designing Better Libraries (2007), and his Library Journal column “From the Bell Tower” (2009), Steven demonstrates a consistent track record of thought leadership and opportunity creation for academic librarians seeking out new ideas to stimulate innovation in their libraries.

Bell received his doctor of education in Higher Education Administration from the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his master’s of library science from Drexel University, and his bachelor of arts in American Studies from Temple University.

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