ALA Presidential Candidates for 2007–2008
Seeking the 2007–2008 ALA presidency are Nancy Davenport, interim director of library services at the District of Columbia (D.C.) Public Library and James Rettig, University Librarian at the University of Richmond in Virginia.
Davenport served on the ALA Executive Board from 2002 to 2005 and was elected to the ALA Council for the 1999–2002 term. She also chaired the ALA Constitution and Bylaws Committee in 2000. She was president of the Federal Librarians Round Table in 2001 and chaired the Membership Committee of the Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) from 1985 to 1987.
Prior to her tenure at the District of Columbia Public Library, Davenport served as president of the Council on Library and Information Resources (2004–2006) and was co-dean at the Frye Leadership Institute from 2005 to 2006. She worked at the Library of Congress (LC) for more than 30 years, including serving as director of acquisitions (1998–2004), as acting chief of Rare Books and Special Collections, and acting chief of Prints and Photographs. Additionally, Davenport was employed in senior positions at the LC’s Congressional Research Service.
Davenport has been appointed to the National Historical Records and Publications Commission by President Bush and also serves on the board of directors of the National Information Standards Organization. She was named Distinguished Alumnus by West Virginia University in 2005. Davenport holds a master’s in library science from the University of Pittsburgh.
Rettig served on the ALA Executive Board from 2003 to 2006 and was elected to three terms on the ALA Council. He served as chair of the ALA Committee on Organization (2000–2003) and ALA Publishing Committee (1997–1999). Rettig is a past president of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) and chaired the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) News Editorial Board from 1986 to 1988.
Prior to his tenure at the University of Richmond in 1998, Rettig held administrative and public service positions at the College of William and Mary, the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Dayton, and Murray State University. He wrote the monthly "Current Reference Books" review column in Wilson Library Bulletin, and continued online as "Rettig on Reference" for 18 years. He was a member of the OCLC Reference Services Advisory Committee from 1992 to 1995.
Rettig received the Distinguished Alumnus Award this year from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Library and Information Studies. He also has received ALA’s G.K. Hall Award for Library Literature, RUSA’s Mudge Citation and Shores-Oryx Press Award, and Online Magazine’s author award. He holds a master’s degree in English from Marquette University and a master’s in library science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
ALA members current as of January 31 will vote on the spring ballot. The candidate elected will serve as ALA president-elect for 2007–2008 and as president the following year.