Irene M.H. Herold elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect

For Immediate Release
Mon, 05/11/2015


Mary Ellen K. Davis

Executive Director


CHICAGO — Irene M. H. Herold, university librarian at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, has been elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect. She will become president-elect following the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco and assume the presidency in July 2016 for a one-year term.

Beth McNeil, associate dean of the Purdue University Libraries, and Lori J. Ostapowicz-Critz, head of the faculty engagement department at the Georgia Institute of Technology, have been elected to the ACRL Board of Directors as director-at-large.

“ACRL is a community of impressive, intelligent, and engaged members,” Herold said. “I will do my best to honor the trust you all have placed in me as your vice president/president-elect.  I look forward to the next three years continuing the momentum of the association while collaborating with the Board, staff, and members.  While humbled by the legacy of impressive leaders of the past, I will strive to bring aloha spirit to my term as part of my approach to leadership.”

Herold’s activities in ACRL include serving as a member of the ACRL Board of Directors (2011-2015), Communities of Practice Implementation Task Force (2011-2013), Research and Scholarly Environment Committee (2013-2015), Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award Committee (2009 and 2011), Law and Political Science Section program and award committees (2003-2007, 2005-2007 & 2010-2011), and College Libraries Section’s Library Directors’ Discussion Group (co-convener, 2004-2007). Herold additionally served the College Libraries Section as vice-chair/ chair/ past-chair (2007-2011).

“ACRL is delighted to have Irene M.H. Herold join the Board as vice-president/president-elect,” said ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen K. Davis. “Irene’s service as director-at-large for the last four years means she is already familiar with the issues before the Board and will be able to easily transition to her new role. Her knowledge of ACRL, academic librarianship, and the broader higher education environment, along with her leadership in both ACRL and other organizations, will be an asset to the Board as it continues to work with members to meet their needs and to advance the Plan for Excellence.”

Herold’s work with state, regional, and other national associations includes serving as director of the College Library Directors’ Mentor Program (2011-2013), chair of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges’ Library Committee (2004-2006), member of the ACRL/New England Chapter Conference Program Planning Committee (2003-2004), founder and chair of the New Hampshire College and University Council Libraries Committee’s Leadership Mentoring Program (2003-2006) and vice-chair/chair of the New Hampshire College and University Council Libraries Committee (2000-2001).

She has been honored as a member of the Beta Phi Mu International Library and Information Science Honor Society (1993-present) and the Phi Alpha Theta International Honor Society in History (1998-present). Herold received the ALA/READEX/GODORT Catherine J. Reynolds Award (1994) and was a full scholarship recipient for the Ph.D. program for managerial leadership in the information professions from Simmons College (2007-2012).

Her publications include “Capacity Building: Academic Libraries as Campus Partners,” Library Issues, July 2014; co-authorship of “Mindful Leadership Defined and Explained,” Advances in Librarianship, 2014; and co-authorship of “The Triple Bottom Line: Portable Applications and Best Practices for Sustainability in Academic Libraries,” Focus on Education for Sustainability: Toolkit for Academic Libraries, 2014.

Herold earned her Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and her MLIS from the University of Washington. She also holds a BA in English from the University of Washington and MA in history from Western Illinois University.

For full ACRL election results, visit the association website.


The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing more than 11,500 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. ACRL is on the Web at, Facebook at, and Twitter at @ala_acrl.