Every year ALCTS sends a list of questions to the ALA presidential candidates. In 2017 there are three candidates for president, all of whom responded thoughtfully to our questions. Their responses (in alphabetical order) follow. The 2017 elections will...
2014 ALA, ALCTS Elections
Each year, members of the American Library Assocation have the opportunity to vote for who will lead the association in the coming years. Elections open Wednesday, March 19. All eligible members will be sent an e-mail with voting instructions.
Included on the ballot is the election for ALA Council. This year, there are several members of ALCTS running for Council: John DeSantis, Xudong Jin, Rodney Lippard, Heather Moulaison, Andrew Pace, Erin Stalberg, and Thomas Teper. More information about these individuals is below.
ALCTS members may vote who will take responsibility for our association in the coming years, both at the division and section levels. We hope you will consider your choices carefully, and that you enjoy the opportunity to learn more about the candidates.
The election closes on Friday, April 25. More information regarding the upcoming ALA elections can be found on the ALA website, including a Guide to the ALA Elections.
Karen E. K. Brown (Head, Preservation Department, University at Albany SUNY)
As President of ALCTS I will advocate for the value of libraries with an eye to the future of the profession. This demands long-term thinking about why the work of libraries is important, how we will do our work, and what it is that we do that is most valued. Technical services makes a significant contribution to our libraries and communities and we need to bring this fact to the forefront. I believe if we focus on promoting progress in all aspects of our work that libraries, and librarians, can remain a vital part of learning, education, and discovery. The emphasis must be on providing educational opportunities for the membership at all levels and all stages of our careers. A vital ALCTS depends on an engaged membership whose needs and values are integrated with long-term strategic planning.
Norm Medeiros (Associate Librarian for Collection Management & Metadata Services, Haverford College)
ALCTS is my professional home. Although I have contributed to it through committee work and other volunteer opportunities, I’ve gained far more from ALCTS than I’ve given back. I accepted the nomination to run for ALCTS President because I care deeply about my “home,” and frankly I’m worried about it. I want current members to be fulfilled by, involved with, and proud of ALCTS. I want the emerging generation of collection managers, technical services librarians, and preservationists to be drawn to ALCTS because it speaks their language and addresses their needs. I want members of other associations to take notice of ALCTS as it transforms from what some deem a tired organization into one that is fresh and bold. These aspirations are not easy to achieve. Yet to me nothing is more vital to the future of ALCTS than positioning it on this ambitious course.
John Frank Myers (Catalog Librarian, Schaffer Library, Union College)
There is no time in which I would rather be a librarian than today ... unless it is tomorrow. We have capabilities to provide access to and manage resources that were undreamed of, as recently as my entry into the profession in the early 1990s. Preserving historical strengths while adapting and leveraging new technologies is a clear challenge, one in which ALCTS can, does, and should have a leadership role. Navigating such transitions has been a hallmark of my career both in the context of my employment and my CC:DA service. I would like to offer such experience to the wider ALCTS organization.
Karla (Hahn) Strieb (Associate Director, Collections, Technical Services and Scholarly Communication, The Ohio State University Libraries)
I see ALCTS poised between a distinguished past and a potentially vigorous future. I’ve seen the organization respond to transformative changes in the profession and in the information environment. ALCTS has consistently benefited from strong, visionary leaders throughout the organization and I’ve been fortunate to work with many of them over time. However, I believe ALCTS must change even faster if it is to become more, rather than less, relevant to both newer and more seasoned members. Librarians at all career stages need ALCTS to be a rich resource for informing and transforming professional practice, offering diverse opportunities to contribute to our profession, the institutions that employ us, and the users who will rely on our work. I hope to leverage many experiences with ALCTS along with my experiences with organizations such as NISO and ARL to inform and enrich my work on the Board if I am elected.
Division Councilor (2014–2017)
Andrew Hart (Head, Preservation Department, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
I am honored by the nomination to serve as Division Councilor. Over the course of twenty years as an active member of ALCTS, much of my work has been related to planning and governance, including two terms on the Board of Directors. Meeting with the Executive Committee in each of the two years I was a candidate for ALCTS President further informed my understanding of the Division and my appreciation for how past Councilors have represented ALCTS. If elected, I will endeavor to follow their examples as advocates for collections and technical services and liaisons who inform and engage the ALCTS Board in considerations for ALA as a whole.
Stephen Joel Bosch (Materials Budget, Procurement, and Licensing Librarian, University of Arizona)
ALA is at a crossroads and some hard decisions need to be made in the next few years. The current business model is not sustainable as revenue from traditional lines decreases and new revenue sources are slow to develop. ALA cannot continue with no growth/reduced budgets since these erode the Association’s ability to attract and sustain the staffing and resources required to make the organization successful. This is not going to be easy. Some of ALA’s greatest strengths are also perceived as great weaknesses. ALA provides the big tent that brings together the myriad varieties of librarians, staff and other information professional. Yet this complexity is also perceived as daunting to some as they find it difficult to find their place/way in the organization. ALA will need to learn to engage a new generation of members who clearly have different expectations about what a membership organization should be.
Acquisitions Section (AS)
Jeanne Harrell (Coordinator of Monograph & Automated Acquisitions, Texas A&M University Libraries)
After numerous years in leadership roles in the profession, I believe that I could contribute to the on-going success of the Acquisitions Section of ALCTS as Chair-Elect. The Acquisitions Section is "dedicated to acquisition and associated bibliographic control for all formats of information resources through purchase, lease and other access methods and in all types of libraries." I believe that we have a responsibility to enable our colleagues in acquisitions to be successful through all types of training opportunities (webinars, pre-conferences, conference programs or discussion group programs) as well as forums and one-on-one sharing of current trends and creative approaches to meet the needs of our customers and the requirements of our organizations. Publications and programs are strengths of this section, which I would encourage and support as Chair-Elect. My goal would be to meet the expectations of our members and surpass them.
Janet Hulm (Head of Acquisitions & Resource Sharing, Ohio University)
I appreciate the collegiality, the professionalism, and the accessibility of ALCTS. I would be honored to serve in this capacity and to have the opportunity to encourage positive growth and change in our field through our membership.
Dracine Hodges (Head, Acquisitions Department, The Ohio State University)
The changing landscape of libraries continues to create interesting challenges and dynamics in librarianship. Acquisitions and Collection Development face particularly complex priorities and pressures that influence both the guiding philosophies and day-to-day workflows. Like most librarians in this area, I’m constantly looking to ALCTS and the Acquisitions Section to learn about innovations that enhance collections, provide efficiency in the services we provide, and help with staffing transitions. The current economic climate has real issues that affect vendors, collections, services, and ultimately end-users. I want to help the organization and ultimately our community face these challenges with thoughtful discussions and meaningful engagement among the membership.
Xan Arch (Director of Collection Services, Reed College)
I'm interested in understanding and promoting the ways in which acquisitions intersects with other technical services areas, especially as the material we acquire is increasingly online. Beyond that, I'd like to be an advocate for communication between AS and other divisions of ALA since acquisitions work touches many different areas of the library. I'm also interested in how AS and ALCTS provide services and opportunities for new librarians in technical services, as well as how we attract these librarians to the division.
Cataloging and Metadata Management Section (CaMMS)
Bobby Bothmann (Metadata & Emerging Technologies Librarian, Minnesota State University)
Of late one of my main concerns is the return on investment of attending conferences as we see travel costs continue to rise and our professional development budgets continue to shrink. I found ALA's revision of the conference structure to be a great first step; however, I find too many forums, interest group meetings, and programs still conflict. I would hope that as chair-elect and as chair I might have some opportunity to effect a little more change in this area.
Bradford Lee Eden (Dean of Library Services, Valparaiso University)
I have been involved in cataloging/technical services/metadata initiatives within librarianship for over 20 years. Many of my research and scholarly works address the concerns of both library professionals and support staff in this area of librarianship, as well as future directions and initiatives. My interest in this position is to assist the profession and the association with the challenges and opportunities in this area of librarianship moving forward.
Eva Sorrell (Principal Cataloger/Technical Services Librarian, California State University)
I am concerned with the education of catalogers coming into the field and the continuing education of those already practicing. Significant changes have been happening in cataloging--FRBR, FRAD, RDA... Things that we have been discussing theoretically for years are finally here, but is everyone prepared (particularly smaller libraries)?
Kristin E. Martin (Electronic Resources Management Librarian, University of Chicago)
I have a keen interest in considering how libraries can best provide access to the growing number of electronic resources, and how new technologies and linked data might reduce the amount of duplicative work that occurs with every individual library managing its own record loads. Additionally, I am interested in how different collections and different schemas can be brought together through a unified search interface to help improve access to all types of library resources. I believe that ALCTS CaMMS can provide opportunities for librarians to learn about new technologies and methods to manage the growing corpus of electronic resources, investigate methods to integrate currently "hidden collections" with their core library collections, and provide a forum and voice for cataloging concerns and opportunities of the profession.
Kevin A. Furniss (Serials & Electronic Resources Catalog Librarian, Tulane University Libraries)
I have been a Serials Catalog Librarian at Tulane University since 2008. During that time, I have enjoyed contributing to ALCTS and CRS by serving on the Continuing Resources Committee on Holdings Information, including time as Chair. Cataloging has never been more challenging. We must be proactive and work with content creators, publishers and database providers earlier in the process, to ensure identification and accessibility of materials, develop standards that provide flexibility and useability, and prioritize content to ensure that the most vital materials remains accessible over time, regardless of format. Cataloging administrators must understand the challenges of and possibilities for the description and access of analog and digital objects and be able to advocate in a rapidly changing environment and difficult funding climate.
Caroline Ribakoff Miller (Team Leader, Discovery Team, University of California, Los Angeles)
I am currently Past Chair of the LITA/ALCTS Authority Control Interest Groups, after having planned two successful events last year as Chair. I just came off of serving two terms as CaMMS representative to the ALCTS Program Committee. Both of these committee experiences have afforded me a good understanding of upcoming hot topics and trends within cataloging/metadata management within the broader context of technical services as a whole. I have been and will continue to be a vocal advocate for the needs of cataloging and metadata librarians as Member-at-Large.
Collection Management Section (CMS)
Andrea Wirth (Collection Development & Science Librarian, Oregon State University)
As the models for collection development and management continue to evolve, it is critical that librarians involved with or interested in collections have strong networks and exceptional professional development opportunities. As a long-time member, I believe the Collection Management Section (CMS) is the best organization for collaboration, networking, and service opportunities for anyone interested in library collections. However, keeping CMS positioned as a relevant and valuable investment for members is no small task. Seeing both the successes and the ongoing potential over the last few years as Secretary has made it clear to me that both timely communication about and inclusiveness in Section activities are important. If elected Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect, I will work with CMS and ALCTS leaders and members to help make an even more worthwhile, accessible, inclusive, and rewarding professional organization in which to be involved.
Betsy Appleton (Electronic Resources Librarian, George Mason University)
Collection development and management continues to be dynamic, exciting work for libraries today. Though the mission of libraries to collect and preserve the scholarly and cultural record remains unchanged, we must continue to fulfill that mission by developing and managing collections in increasingly varied formats and while anticipating new challenges. The ALCTS CMS section has supported librarians meeting these challenges for over twenty years, and I would be delighted to support the work of CMS as a Member-At-Large. As a relatively new librarian, I aim to provide CMS a useful perspective to the challenges and opportunities newer professionals may encounter as they begin their careers.
Brian J. Falato (Catalog Management, University of South Florida)
The practice of building and managing collections in the library is undergoing major change. The old notion of individually assessing titles for purchase decision is being replaced by bulk purchasing of titles, often in e-book format. And patron-driven/demand-driven acquisition practices are supplanting the librarian's role as sole arbiter of what to purchase. In these times, leadership and education initiatives from the Collection Management Section become even more important, and I would like to be part of those initiatives as a CMS Member-at-Large.
Peggy Murphy (Collection Services Manager, Los Angeles Public Library)
I would be very happy to be the Secretary of the Collection Management Section. Since my major interests and work involve Collection Management, I think that being a part of this Section will be informative and instructive. I will attend ALA Midwinter and Annual Conventions and this year will be at PLA. Collecting and disseminating the information will be interesting and educational.
Continuing Resources Section (CRS)
Heather Ruland Staines (Vice President, SIPX, Inc. [formerly the Stanford Intellectual Property Exchange])
I am an exchange student in the world of librarians. A researcher, an instructor, a publisher, a vendor, I slipped behind the curtain between the exhibit hall and the business side of ALA five years ago. My service with committees, interest groups, and task forces has been eye-opening and rewarding. In particular, I have worked to create programming that appeals to and informs our many stakeholders. We are an ecosystem in delicate balance, tossed by rapidly changing tides of the economy, technology, and the needs of multiple constituencies. Increasingly, many potential contributors can only participate virtually. Great strides have been made in this effort, but there is a long way still to go. As Chair-Elect, I will broaden participation from all stakeholder groups and facilitate participation without geographical or financial barriers. It continues to be an honor to serve in (and learn from) the world of librarians.
Erin A. Leach (Seymour B. Durst Old York Library Project Cataloging/Metadata Librarian, Avery Library, Columbia University)
The landscape of continuing resources is changing as libraries reconsider their relationships with publishers and vendors, and implement new standards like RDA. Additionally, libraries are being asked to do more with less, requiring creative solutions to old problems. This changing landscape offers new leadership opportunities for the Continuing Resources Section. If elected, I will work to raise the visibility of the Continuing Resources Section within both ALA and the continuing resources community though publications, promotion, and programming. I will work with Continuing Resources Section members to establish Interest Groups that meet their as-yet unmet needs. Finally, I will work to establish relationships with sections in other ALA divisions that foster collaboration between serialists and reference staff in school, public, and academic libraries.
Ts-Ching (T. J.) Kao (Chinese Technical Service Librarian, Yale University Library)
I am particularly interested in the following issues: promote the relevance of libraries’ services to constituents; advocate for better status and pays of library professionals; enhance access to professional knowledge for all library workers; improve the quality of library and information science education to ensure the relevancy of the library profession; and, foster collaboration opportunities among librarians from all fields.
Naomi Kietzke Young (Principal Serials Cataloger, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida)
I am at once hopeful, alarmed, and intrigued by what I see in libraries, particularly with regard to continuing resources. I am hopeful because BIBFRAME and related linked data initiatives may give us the opportunity to combine and create very rich information stores. I am intrigued because the unique features of continuing resources are not yet well-reflected in those emerging standards. I am intrigued because we are increasingly involved in virtual collections and new models of publication. I am alarmed because I think our ability to record, collate, enrich and distribute information has far outpaced the ethical discussions about privacy, freedom of information, and rights and responsibilities regarding ownership of and access to intellectual property that must accompany such foundational changes in the nature of library work. I seek to improve both our technological and philosophical prowess, and I think CRS is the ideal location for such discussions.
Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS)
Annie Peterson (Preservation Librarian, Tulane University)
As the field of preservation changes, it is increasingly important to track trends over time and advocate for the continued importance of preservation. I am committed to continuing work on the Preservation Statistics Survey, and expanding it beyond libraries to collect data about other cultural heritage institutions.
Preservation is always highly collaborative work, and as digital preservation expands the range of who is involved in preservation, it is important for PARS to collaborate and maintain relationships with other sections within ALA, as well as other allied professional organizations.
Education continues to be a crucial part of preservation, and ensuring that there are ample educational opportunities for both the public and new professionals is a vital role of the preservation community.
Kristen Kern (Fine and Performing Arts Librarian, Portland State University)
The Preservation and Reformatting Section of ALCTS continues to be a leader in proactively addressing the challenges facing the preservation field as the definition of preservation has expanded to include the digital environment and research based preservation strategies adapt to changing library conditions. If elected I would focus on supporting those innovative and pragmatic initiatives proposed and implemented by the membership. The successful Preservation Week program that is increasing preservation awareness and knowledge nationwide, the essential publications produced by PARS members, and presenting stimulating conference programs are some examples of the outstanding work being done by the Section. It would also be productive to consider engaging in collaborations with associations both within ALA and beyond that share a mutual interest in preservation.
Gina L. B. Minks (Imaging & Preservation Service Manager, Amigos Library Services)
I have always enjoyed my involvement with ALCTS and PARS and think membership in the group has been very beneficial to me professionally. As a Member-at-Large, I would hope to be able assist the officers with the work of the section to make it more interactive and inclusive. With money to travel to conferences so tight, it is important to make sure that the section has the ability to reach out and help its members even if they can't attend the meetings in person. I am especially interested in how new members in PARS (and ALA) can help us better serve them.
Katie Risseeuw (Preservation Librarian, Northwestern University Library)
As a Member at Large of the PARS Executive Committee, I will be an active member by assisting in decision-making and supporting the committee’s role in the larger organization. My work on the Program, Planning, & Publications Committee and the Book & Paper IG has given me experience in the PARS structure and insight into the responsibilities of the Executive Committee.
ALCTS Candidates for ALA Council
John DeSantis (Cataloging and Metadata Services Librarian, Dartmouth College)
Librarians of all types continue to face challenges to their profession, and libraries of all types face challenges to the services which we provide. The American Library Association plays an important role in providing direction and support for libraries, library workers and library/information science education. It has been an honor for me to serve on ALA Council for nine years, and I wish to build on this experience so that I may continue to advocate for our profession and provide a voice of leadership within our association.
Xudong Jin (Library Director, Pitt Community College, Winterville, NC)
I have worked as library assistant, librarian, department head, associate director, and library director for more than 20 years. I know what library staff, librarians, and administrators want and what opportunities and challenges they are facing. I understand services and trend of academic libraries and pay attentions to other libraries. As a re-elected ALA Councilor-at-Large, we need to continue challenging ourselves and our organization to make ALA as strong as possible so that it can continue its crucial leadership role. If re-elected, I will serve librarians and library staff in all types of libraries by championing intellectual freedom and right to access to information. I will also focus on our core goals and new initiatives, commit to growing the ALA endowed funds to provide a strong financial future for ALA, and promote opportunities and training for new members and emerging leaders. Thank you for your vote.
Rodney Eugene Lippard (Director, Learning Resource Centers Information Commons, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Salisbury, NC)
I have served as North Carolina Chapter Councilor for six years; during that time I have come to understand what Council is and what role it plays in the governing of our association and I have felt fortunate to be a part of this body. A friend once made the comment that has continued to stick with me that "Libraries are the true democratic spaces." Libraries and library staff, no matter what type, are at the forefront of bringing information to the public without regard of ability or status while respecting the rights of the individual. Council is the governing body that ensures our profession remains truthful to our core principles. I would very much appreciate the opportunity to continue to contribute to our profession by serving on Council.
Heather Lea Moulaison (Assistant Professor, The iSchool at the University of Missouri)
As the profession looks to the future, it is more essential than ever for there to be strong connections between members of the profession, students who are preparing to join it, and instructors and researchers in iSchools and library schools.
As a library educator and scholar who has been an active member of the profession and who remains an active member of ALA, my concerns are the following: how can we continue to draw the best and brightest into librarianship in this period of rapid technological change? What advances in practice should we pursue most intently, and how? In what ways can the profession reach out to education to create a partnership to ensure the success of those entering the profession?
My aspirations, if elected, are to focus attention not only on the future of the profession, but also on the individuals who will be carrying us into that future.
Andrew C. Pace (Executive Director, Networked Library Services, OCLC)
Libraries sit at the intersection of users and society, users and technology, and users and information. It is the role of libraries to turn information into knowledge at that intersection. It has always been my goal to be as close to this intersection as possible, learning from librarians, staff, and users, in order to improve services in libraries. I hope to continue to learn and stay involved with this effort by continuing as an ALA Councilor-at-large.
Erin S. Stalberg (Director of Discovery and Access, Mount Holyoke College, Library, Information, and Technology Services)
My professional concerns include the development of organizational cultures that seek to mainstream processes and achieve efficiencies in order to make room for new opportunities for innovation and creativity in our libraries. We must identify and articulate the costs and value of our libraries, understand user needs to inform the choices we are making as a community, and leverage our data and technologies to facilitate effective use of our resources and push the boundaries of our imagination. We all struggle to measure value; how do we collect concrete data to help us to decide what to move forth on, what to leave behind, and how to allocate (and reallocate) our resources to achieve ever-changing user desires and organizational goals? I have been involved with ALCTS and ACRL for many years and am now interested in broadening my ALA participation with ALA Council.
Thomas H. Teper (Associate Dean of Libraries for Collections and Technical Services, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
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