Association of College and Research Libraries
American Library Association
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-2795
Telephone: (312) 280-2523
Toll Free: 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 2523
(between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CDT)
Fax: (312) 280-2520
Margot Conahan is ACRL’s Manager of Professional Development and oversees all aspects of ACRL’s professional development offerings, including the ACRL Conference, Immersion Program, preconferences, licensed workshops, and institutes. Margot also manages ACRL’s e-Learning program.
Prior to joining ACRL, Margot worked at Sears’ corporate headquarters as a meeting planner. She earned her B.A. in British Literature with a minor in German from Truman State University, escaping Missouri to study abroad in Ireland for one year.
Outside of work, Margot enjoys running, sampling IPAs, volunteering at her kids’ school, cooking, and going to book club. Her newest hobby is obedience training for her family’s 100-pound “puppy."
David Connolly is Editorial Assistant and Classified Ads Coordinator at ACRL where he manages ALA JobLIST, the online career site ACRL operates jointly with American Libraries and ALA’s Office of Human Resources Development and Recruitment. He also tracks manuscript submissions and supports the Editor-in-Chief with other administrative tasks for C&RL News, as well as producing an ACRL Briefing Book for the Board of Directors, Budget & Finance Committee, and staff.
Before returning to college to study political science and economics at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, David spent one holiday season too many in the ‘90s as manager of a music store in the Kansas City area, where he frequently demonstrated reference interview and listener advisory skills without realizing that’s what they were.
Born and raised in the great Rocky Mountain States, David loves taking drives and day hikes in the mountains whenever he gets out of the Midwest. He always jumps at an opportunity to travel, but at home he can be found tending to his plot in his neighborhood community garden and colorful porch garden, seeing some of Chicago’s best (and worst) plays, playing video games with friends, and debating the finer points of Star Trek with anyone willing.
Mark Cummings, CHOICE, Editor and Publisher, email@example.com | 860-347-6933 x119
Mark Cummings is Editor and Publisher at Choice, the publishing unit at ACRL. In that position, he oversees the publication of Choice magazine and Choice Reviews Online and directs a twenty-two person staff—consisting of editorial, marketing, advertising, and production groups—in Middletown, Connecticut. As publisher, he is responsible for the development and implementation of long-term strategic goals for the unit, including licensing, exploration of new markets, and new-product development.
Mark has worked in publishing for over thirty years, beginning his career as a reference editor at Macmillan/Scribner’s and serving in a variety of publishing roles at Oxford University Press, Grolier Publishing Co., and elsewhere. Since the 1990s he has focused principally on creating and marketing digital products for the school and library market. He holds a B.A. from Michigan State University along with M.A. and M.Phil. degrees from Yale University.
Mark lives deep in the forests of Connecticut, where he contends with ticks and deer for space. Weekends find him sailing (Flying Scot) or cooking or listening to music, vestiges of paths not taken.
Mary Ellen K. Davis is ACRL Executive Director. She represents the association to the higher education community and has advanced ACRL’s stands on scholarly communication, information literacy, and assessment through presentations, conversations, and collaborative activities. She works closely with the ACRL Board of Directors on strategic planning and governance and with the Budget & Finance Committee.
Mary Ellen has served in various capacities at ACRL including chief operating officer, editor of C&RL News, and professional development program manager before becoming the executive director in 2001. She has an M.S. in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.A. in education from Central Michigan University, where she worked as a reference and instruction librarian.
A Chicago native, Mary Ellen loves the outdoors and tries to find something in each of Chicago’s seasons to enjoy. In the summers you will find her kayaking or gardening and in the winter cross country skiing (when there is enough snow!) and in every season she walks Layla, her family’s Siberian Husky.
Kathryn Deiss is ACRL Content Strategist. She serves as ACRL’s book acquisition editor and publisher as well as persuading ACRL’s awesome members to present webcasts and to provide online courses. Another aspect of Kathryn’s work is to design and deliver consulting services such as external library reviews, facilitation of senior leadership retreats, assistance with strategic planning, and other change initiatives. Her personal interests are in leadership development and innovation.
Prior to joining ACRK, Kathryn worked in public, museum, and academic libraries in addition to several library associations/consortia such as the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) as well as ACRL. She received her MLS from the University at Albany.
Born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico, Kathryn is bilingual in Spanish and English and has lived in Spain as well as various places in the U.S.A. She is a visual artist working in various media and currently fascinated by watercolors. She also enjoys traveling and discovering new places with her wife, Jenny Levine. Kathryn has a great time playing with Ella, her Muppet-like dog who is half dedicated hunter and half sweet little puppy.
David Free is Editor-in-Chief of College and Research Libraries News and ACRL’s Marketing and Communications Specialist. He is responsible for content and production of C&RL News in print and online; develops marketing and communications plans for ACRL programs, publications, and services; coordinates press releases and promotional activities; and coordinates ACRL’s Standards and Guidelines.
Prior to joining ACRL, David worked for years in a variety of positions in academic libraries, beginning as a student assistant at the University of Georgia and concluding as Public Services Coordinator at Georgia Perimeter College’s Decatur Campus. He earned his M.L.I.S. from Clark Atlanta University in 1997, and also holds an M.A. in English from Georgia State University and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Georgia with an English minor.
An avid music enthusiast with no discernable musical ability, David can often be found at local indie, garage, and punk rock shows. He lives in Chicago with way too many vinyl records and two amazingly friendly cats.
Ann-Christe Galloway is production editor for C&RL News, which involves copyediting and laying out the journal in print, assisting with updates to C&RL News online, and proofreading ACRL conference or other ACRL promotional materials.
Before joining ACRL, Ann-Christe was assistant editor for U.S. Catholic magazine. She has an M.A. in Public Affairs Journalism from Columbia College-Chicago and a B.A. in Creative Writing from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.
Some of Ann-Christe’s pastimes include reading historical fiction, binge-watching TV series, and laughing as much as possible with her husband and daughters.
Megan Griffin is ACRL’s Program Officer for Member Services where she is the contact for ACRL’s 17 section executive committees, including their rosters, appointments, and special projects. She also oversees ACRL’s Annual Conference programs, CoPA unit special events and activities, and ACRL’s ballots for the ALA annual elections. Megan is the contact for ACRL appointments to IFLA, and provides support to the ACRL President’s Program Planning Committee each year.
Megan joined the ACRL team as a Program Coordinator after earning her B.A. in Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations from Butler University, where she completed numerous marketing and event planning internships at organizations such as the Girl Scouts of Hoosier Capital Council, and Wishard Hospital, both in Indianapolis.
Megan loves living in the city and enjoys exploring all the great things Chicago has to offer with her family. In her free time, she enjoys reading mystery thriller novels, trying new restaurants, and spending time at Chicago’s many beautiful parks. She is currently venturing into the world of yoga and actively trying to convince her children to become Chicago Cub fans.
Sharon Mader, Visiting Program Officer for Information Literacy, firstname.lastname@example.org | 800-545-2433 x5241
Sharon Mader is ACRL Visiting Program Officer for Information Literacy, with responsibility for coordinating the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education initiative, in collaboration with ACRL staff, member leaders, librarians, and higher education partners. She also serves as a member of the professional development training team for ACRL’s Standards for Libraries in Higher Education.
Prior to joining ACRL, Sharon enjoyed many years as an academic librarian and administrator and retired as Dean of Library Services at the University of New Orleans early in 2015. She has an Ed.D. in Instructional Technology and Distance Education from Nova Southeastern University, an M.L.S. from Rosary College, and a B.A. in History from Oberlin College. She gained teaching experience early in her career through her Peace Corps service in Tunisia.
Sharon is a Chicago native who now lives in New Orleans, where life revolves around festivals, music, dancing, food, and year-round gardening. Her favorite hobby is learning about wine, which has led to her certification as a French Wine Scholar and continuing explorations of the wine regions of the world.
Kara Malenfant is Senior Strategist for Special Initiatives at ACRL where she coordinates government relations advocacy, scholarly communication activities, and ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries initiative. She also provides consulting services on organization change and occasionally has time for research.
Prior to coming to ACRL in 2005, Kara was an academic librarian, worked in humanitarian aid and served as a Peace Corps volunteer. She earned a Ph.D. in leadership and change from Antioch University, a M.S. in library and information science from the University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign, and a B.A. in English from Allegheny College.
Kara grew up in Minnesota and lives on Chicago’s far north side with her husband, son, and a dog who loves to lick chins. When she's not working or with her family, you'll find her gardening on her garage rooftop, biking or practicing yoga. Learn more about Kara in her Meet the Staff profile on the ACRL Insider blog.
Dawn Mueller is Senior Production Editor at ACRL. She is responsible for the production of C&RL, RBM, and all non-serial publications; develops and maintains the ACRL website and microsites; designs and produces all ACRL marketing brochures and flyers; coordinates and prepares proceedings and program books for ACRL conferences.
Prior to joining ACRL, Dawn worked as a desktop publisher for a securities firm and two print shops (not at the same time). She honed her computer and design skills at a marketing consultant service for beauty supply warehouses. She earned her B.A. in English and Women’s Studies from Northern Illinois University.
Most people are surprised to learn that she likes hip-hop. Away from work she spends time running, biking, and contorting her body every which way, invariably resulting in chronic injuries.
Chase Ollis is ACRL Program Coordinator for Member Services, where he serves as the contact for ACRL’s numerous interest groups, discussion groups, and chapters. He also manages ACRL’s awards program, coordinates donation processing, and assists with coordinating and executing ACRL’s various professional development events throughout the year.
Before his spontaneous move to the Windy City, Chase earned his B.A. in both English and Communication Studies at Furman University. As a student, he simultaneously served in multiple positions on campus, including in the University’s library system, newspaper, and radio station, as well as interned at the nationally-ranked arts festival Artisphere. Prior to joining ACRL, he worked as a circulation supervisor at Northwestern University’s Pritzker Legal Research Center. Chase is currently pursuing an M.S. in library and information science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Hailing from the “Poultry Capital of the World,” Chase is a shameless doughnut enthusiast, an amateur photographer, and self-professed astronomy buff. Between work and classes, Chase enjoys writing short fiction and non-fiction, bar trivia, and advocating for the word “y’all.”
Tory Ondrla is ACRL’s Conference Supervisor and manages logistics for the ACRL Conference and other professional development events. She facilitates site selection, negotiates hotel, convention center and vendor contracts, executes audio-visual and catering as well as working with various member committees to help them achieve their goals and objectives for ACRL events.
Tory earned her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) in 2006 from the Convention Industry Council and is a member of the Professional Convention Management Association. She is also a current member of the Travel Portland Customer Advisory Board and has served on the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau Client Advisory Council. Prior to coming to ACRL, Tory worked at SmithBucklin for 5 years where she planned meetings for technology professionals, glass manufacturers, and gynecologic oncologists.
Tory’s two small children don’t leave her much time for hobbies these days, but she enjoys reading thrillers and popular fiction, can juggle (caveat: no more than 3 items), is good at Origami, and is a better than average boogie boarder.
Allison Payne is ACRL’s Program Officer for Governance. She coordinates activities of the association’s Board of Directors and Budget & Finance Committee, prepares and maintains the ACRL budget, and manages division-level appointments.
Prior to joining ACRL, Allison has been a library assistant at Kraft Foods Global Research & Development, worked at the University of Iowa Libraries’ Preservation Department, and tutored incarcerated youth in Chicago. She holds an M.L.I.S from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a B.A. in English with a minor in Psychology from the University of Iowa.
Allison enjoys all things outdoors, traveling and propagating succulents. In the future, she hopes to attend all four Grand Slam tournaments.
Mary Jane Petrowski is ACRL Associate Director. She is responsible for developing membership recruitment, promotion, and retention programs; coordinates the annual ACRL Academic Library Trends and Statistics survey; and directs ACRL’s annual fund and scholarship fundraising campaigns. She also serves as staff liaison to a number of ACRL division-level committees.
Prior to joining ACRL, Mary Jane ran a military library on a U.S. intelligence base in Sinop, Turkey and later worked at the NATO Command Library in Ramstein, Germany. She worked for thirteen years in academic libraries, beginning as an assistant professor at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign and concluding as the director of information literacy at Colgate University. She earned her M.L.I.S. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1978, and also holds a Certificate of Advanced Study in Library Science and a B.A. in English.
A fan of Chicago’s public transportation system, Mary Jane loves riding the CTA buses and trains and walking in the city. She lives in a historic building and swims every day so that she can keep up with the changing Chicago restaurant scene. She is always part of the team that decorates the ACRL office for the holidays.
Thomas Radko, Editorial Director of CHOICE, email@example.com | 860-347-6933
Tom Radko is Editorial Director at Choice. He is responsible for overseeing an editorial department comprised of six subject editors, a copy chief, and a handful of student interns. As a team, the department is responsible for producing all content for Choice in print and online. In addition to managing the department, Tom also serves as subject editor for business and economics, religion and philosophy, and education.
Prior to coming to Choice in 2004, Tom had a 30-year career in scholarly publishing that began at the University of Chicago Press and ended at Wesleyan University Press, where he served as director for seven years. He earned a M.A. in English language and literature from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in classics from Bucknell University.
When Tom is not at work rearranging paragraphs and chasing down dangling modifiers, he can be found renovating his cottage in the woods of Connecticut, listening to music and watching documentaries, and dreaming about his annual pilgrimage to Oklahoma, where he has had a home away from home since 1985.
Elois Sharpe is ACRL’s Program Coordinator for Governance. She coordinates ACRL meeting scheduling for ALA conferences and is the contact for ACRL’s virtual meetings. She assists with division-level appointments and annual timeline. In addition she coordinates ACRL’s donation processing.
Prior to coming to ACRL, Elois worked at the Institute of Food Technologists as an Information Representative, communicating, troubleshooting and resolving issues and concerns for the organization’s members and other constituents. Elois earned her B.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Elois enjoys good action movies and strolling through Chicago’s museums. She lives by her own motto, “Your life is a gift, so don’t waste it!”
Sophie Skinner is ACRL’s Program Coordinator for Member Services. Sophie provides support for many ACRL programs including fundraising, professional development, consulting, and book publishing, as well as member promotion, recruitment, and retention programs.
Before coming to ACRL, Sophie worked as a Library Assistant in the Preservation Department at the University of Chicago’s library, helping maintain the library’s circulating collection and identifying materials requiring treatment from conservation or the bindery. She came to Chicago in 2013 for an internship at a Chicago based public art foundation, helping digitize and organize their slide library in addition to learning about book production and layout. As a student at Oberlin College, she spent three years, including summers, working at the main library’s Reference Desk. She earned her B.A. in Religion from Oberlin in 2013, focusing on Christianity in the Middle Ages.
Sophie enjoys reading, drawing, painting, and hiking. Her most recent drawings and paintings are of fellow commuters and people she sees on the street. She loves exploring the city and collecting new subjects/characters for her work. She also enjoys browsing local bookstores, focusing on the Literature, Art History, Religion, and Philosophy sections.