Kate Nevins and Rod Hersberger to serve as the newest ALA Endowment Trustees

For Immediate Release
Wed, 02/15/2012

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CHICAGO – Kate Nevins, executive director and chief executive officer of LYRASIS and Rod Hersberger, dean emeritus, California State University, Bakersfield Library, have been appointed to serve as the American Library Association’s (ALA) newest Endowment Trustees.  The ALA Executive Board made this selection during the 2012 Midwinter Meeting held in Dallas January 20 – 25. Their appointments will fill the expiring term of an existing trustee (AC12), as well as provide for the expansion of the committee by one for a new total of four plus the treasurer. Their three-year terms will officially begin at the conclusion of the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif., June 27, 2012. These terms will end at the conclusion of the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. 

Nevins has been a professional librarian actively involved with library service for close to 34 years. She is currently the executive director and chief executive officer of the LYRASIS organization in Atlanta. She has extensive experience in library planning, which is focused on the creation, access and management of information to the library community. She holds an MLS from the University of Wisconsin, a Masters in Business from the Executive program at Ohio University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California Berkeley.

Hersberger has been a professional librarian actively involved with library service for close to 40 years. Recently retired as dean of university libraries at California State University – dean emeritus – he is the immediate past treasurer for the ALA and member of the executive board from 2007 - 2010. He holds an MLS from Indiana University, a Masters in Business Administration from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Indiana University.

The ALA Endowment Trustees have the authority to hold, invest and disburse endowment funds available for investment as directed by the ALA Executive Board and as provided by the guidelines of the ALA investment policy.  Trustees must be ALA members and have a working knowledge of investment opportunities available to endowment funds and of benchmarks used to judge fund performance.