Stevens, Oliver seek 2010 - 2011 ALA presidency

Contact: JoAnne Kempf
Office of ALA Governance
(312) 280-3212

For immediate release
October 8, 2009


CHICAGO – Roberta Stevens and Kenton L. Oliver are candidates for the 2010-2011 presidency of the American Library Association (ALA).

Stevens is currently outreach projects and partnerships officer at the Library of Congress and project manager for the National Book Festival.

She previously served as the Library of Congress Bicentennial Program Manager, which included major nationwide projects in partnership with the American Library Association. Prior to joining the Library of Congress, she was the Director of Technical Operations for the Fairfax County Public Library.

Stevens worked as a school librarian and as head of media services for the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (at the Rochester Institute of Technology).

Stevens, a member of the ALA Executive Board’s Finance & Audit Committee, was elected to the ALA Council for two successive terms. She also served on the Committee on Legislation and chaired its Privacy and Telecommunications subcommittees. She is currently the executive board’s representative on the Seven Measures of Success Working Group.

For nearly a decade, Stevens managed the Library of Congress exhibit booth at the ALA Annual Conference and Midwinter Meetings. She organized the All Conference Reception and the tours, presentations, workshops and seminars at the Library of Congress for attendees at the 1998 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

Stevens received a bachelor’s, a master’s and an MLS degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an MA in English from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She also took courses in the MBA program at George Mason University. She was the first former graduate of the MLS program at Buffalo to be invited as the commencement speaker.

Since 2001, Oliver, executive director of the Stark County District Library in Canton, Ohio, has overseen a library district serving an area of 256,000 residents with 11 locations. Prior to that, in a career spanning more than 30 years, he has been associate director for branch services for the Johnson County Library in Overland Park, Kan.; library director of the Olathe Public Library in Olathe, Kan.; and head of public services for the Daniel Boone Regional Library in Columbia, Mo.

Oliver recently completed his fourth year chairing the ALA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee. An elected member of the Freedom to Read Foundation board, he is a former Kansas Chapter Councilor to the ALA council as well as a past member of the ALA Executive Board.

Oliver has also served on many American Library Association committees, including the Committee on Organization, the Resolutions Committee (Chair) and the Budget Analysis & Review Committee, and such task forces as the Legislation Committee’s Privacy Task Force, the External Accreditation Task Force, the Governance Task Force and the Core Values Task Force II.

He served as president of the Kansas Library Association and the Missouri Library Association. He has also been an active member of the Public Library Association, participating on its Intellectual Freedom Committee, Library Video Award Jury, Gordon M. Conable Award Jury, its Nominating Committee and its Membership Committee.

He holds an undergraduate degree (B.A.) in American History from Washburn University of Topeka and an MLS from Emporia State (KS) University.

This election will also be ALA’s first completely online election.

Under the new election procedure, members who have not provided ALA with e-mail addresses by March 1, 2009, will receive a paper mailing containing information and instructions on how to vote online. They will also receive in that same mailing a unique password enabling them to vote. Those without Internet access at home or work can easily access the site by visiting their local public (or in many instances academic or school) library.

A printed version of a paper ballot will continue to be readily available upon request to members with disabilities who have no Internet access.

To help the ALA prepare for the election, log on to the ALA Web site (in the upper right hand corner of the home page) and add your e-mail address to your member record (instructions on how to do this are provided on the site).