CHICAGO — Peter D. Hepburn, Gina A. Persichini, Gail A. Schlachter and Mike L. Marlin have been elected to serve on the American Library Association (ALA) Executive Board. The new board members were elected by the ALA Council in a vote taken at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting held Jan. 24 to 28 in Philadelphia. Hepburn, Persichini and Schlachter will each serve three-year terms beginning in July 2014 and concluding in June 2017. Marlin was elected to fill the unexpired term of Sylvia Norton who was recently appointed executive director of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). His term begins immediately and will conclude at the close of the 2014 Annual Conference in Las Vegas.
Hepburn is head librarian at the College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, Calif. He has served on ALA Council as the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) Councilor since 2010. He has served on numerous ALA committees and has been an active member of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) as well as the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) and the Library Leadership & Management Association (LLAMA). Hepburn holds a BA in Political Science/French from the University of Victoria (B.C.) and an MLIS from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.
Persichini, networking consultant, Idaho Commission for Libraries, has served on ALA Council as the Idaho Chapter Councilor since 2006. She has also served on several committees and task forces and is currently an active member of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT), Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT), Learning Round Table (LEARNRT), and New Members Round Table (NMRT). Persichini holds a BA in English from Florida Atlantic University and an MLIS from the University of South Florida.
Schlachter is president of Reference Service Press in El Dorado Hills, Calif. She has served five terms on ALA Council as a Councilor-at-Large and a term as the RUSA Chapter Councilor and has served on several ALA committees, including chair of the ALA Publishing Committee and American Libraries Advisory Committee. Schlachter is past president of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) and remains an active member of RUSA as well as the Public Library Association (PLA), Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT), Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT), and Ethnic and Multicultural Exchange Round Table (EMIERT). Schlachter earned a BA in American History from the University of California, Berkeley, three MAs from the University of Wisconsin in Education, American Colonial History and Library Science, an MPA from the University of Southern California, and a Ph.D in Library Science from the University of Minnesota.
Marlin, director of the Braille and Talking Book Library at the California State Library in Sacramento, is completing his first term as a Councilor-at-Large. He has served on several committees and working groups and is a member of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), and Ethnic and Multicultural Exchange Round Table (EMIERT), Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT), Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT), International Relations Round Table (IRRT), New Members Round Table (NMRT) and the Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT). Marlin holds a BA in Semiotics and Communications from Brown University and an MLIS from the University of Washington.
AASL, ACRL, ASCLA, LITA, LLAMA, PLA and RUSA are divisions of the ALA.
The ALA Executive Board manages the affairs of the Association. It is composed of the president, president-elect, immediate past president, treasurer, executive director and eight members elected by Council from among the members of that body. For more information on the Executive Board, please visit http://www.ala.org/aboutala/governance/officers.