United for Libraries Board Member Stielow appointed to Center for the Future of Libraries Advisory Group

For Immediate Release
Mon, 05/16/2016


Jillian Wentworth

Marketing/Public Relations Specialist

United for Libraries


BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania —  United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is pleased to announce that United for Libraries Board Member Fred Stielow has been appointed to the Center for the Future of Libraries Advisory Group.

Stielow engaged 64 boards and orchestrated automation for 45 rural libraries while director of New York’s Mid-Hudson Public Library System. This former board member of the Charles Town (W.V.) Library now serves as trustee for the Anne Arundel County (Maryland) Public Library.

An Indiana University Ph.D., Stielow’s career extends to teaching at Catholic University and the University of Maryland, plus adjunct for the University of Illinois, University of Puerto Rico and Israel’s Galilee College. Stielow was Distance Librarian of the Year in 2014 and a and Fulbright Fellow. He recently retired as American Public University System’s vice president and dean emeritus.  

Stielow created a state-of-the-art digital library for a fully online university.  He is a pioneer in this field.  He was also a Delphi Oracle for the American Alliance of Museums’ Future of Museums project.

The Center for the Future of Libraries Advisory Group will advise the Center on emerging trends affecting libraries, as well as meaningful and important innovations and activities happening within the profession; identify, analyze, and share information relevant to the future of libraries and the adoption and use of foresight and innovation techniques to improve libraries’ development; recommend new programs for and provide feedback on existing programs from the Center that would help librarians and communities better plan and innovate for the future; assist in the identification of strategies to influence and engage decision-makers in the development and enhancement of libraries’ future roles in society; and reach out to other organizations and experts within the field or in other fields to help expand and improve the work of the Center.

United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association that supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries. United for Libraries brings together library Trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information or to join United for Libraries, contact Jillian Wentworth at (312) 280-2161 or jwentworth@ala.org.