Farrell announces candidacy for 2019-22 ALA treasurer

For Immediate Release
Wed, 10/24/2018


JoAnne Kempf


Office of ALA Governance


CHICAGO – Maggie Farrell, dean of university libraries, University of Nevada Las Vegas, has filed as a petition candidate for treasurer of the American Library Association (ALA) for 2019-2022.

A member of ALA for 30 years, Farrell is currently chair of the Budget Analysis and Review Committee (BARC). She served on ALA Council as Councilor-at-Large (2004-2007) and as ACRL Division Councilor (2010-2013). She is an active member of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), and United for Libraries, as well as the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT), Government Documents Round Table (GODORT), Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT), the Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT), and the International Relations Round Table (IRRT). Farrell is also a member of REFORMA: The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking.

In addition to her ALA service, Farrell has been active in numerous state associations, including Arizona, Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming. She has also served on the Board of Trustees of OCLC.

Farrell was appointed by the Wyoming governor to the Wyoming Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics (2018-2013), serving as the 2013-2014 chair. She was named an American Library Association/United States Information Agency Library Fellow in 1993 and participated in Leadership Wyoming 2006-2007.

“ALA and the library profession are transforming to new, exciting ways to connect with our communities and advance libraries,” said Farrell, “but we need an organizational structure that supports professional development, networking, research, data, and advocacy.  As ALA imagines new ways of working and connecting, we require a financial infrastructure that supports ALA’s vision and work.  As treasurer, I would work with members, divisions, roundtables, units, Council and the Executive Board to provide diverse perspectives in creating financial sustainability to ensure relevancy for our association supporting libraries.”

Farrell holds a BA from the University of Missouri Kansas City, an MLS from the University of Arizona, and an MPA from Arizona State University

Farrell will engage in a candidates’ forum, along with her opponent Andrew Pace, and the president-elect candidates, Julius C. Jefferson, Jr. and Lance Werner, from 4:30 - 5:30 pm on Saturday, Jan. 26, during the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. The candidates will each have an opportunity to make a statement and will answer questions from the audience.

Ballot mailing for the 2019 ALA election will begin on March 11, 2019 and will run through April 3, 2019.  Results will be announced on April 10, 2019. Individuals must be members in good standing as of Jan. 31, 2019 in order to vote in the ALA election. Renew your membership online or by calling 1-800-545-2433, option 5.