Contributors and Feedback

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The American Library Association is grateful to a number of individuals for their contributions to the State of America’s Libraries 2014:

Tonya Badillo is director of the Long Branch (N.J.) Free Public Library and a two-time recipient of the Institute of Museum and Library Services Laura Bush 21st Century Diversity Recruitment Scholarship.

Matthew Conner is instruction/reference librarian at the Peter J. Shields Library, University of California, Davis, and the author of The New University Library: Four Case Studies (ALA Editions, 2014).

Michael Dudley is an urban planning librarian and researcher with the Institute of Urban Studies at the University of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and is the editor of Public Libraries and Resilient Cities (ALA Editions, 2012).

Keren Mills is digital services development officer, library services, at the Open University of the United Kingdom.

Gill Needham is associate director, Information Management and Innovation, at the Open University Library and Learning Resources Centre, United Kingdom, and the author or editor of a number of works, including, with Mohamed Ally, M-Libraries 4: From Margin to Mainstream—Mobile Technologies Transforming Lives and Libraries. Facet Publishing (U.K.), 2013.

Valerie Nye is co-editor (with Kathy Barco) of True Stories of Censorship Battles in America’s Libraries (ALA Editions, 2012).

Diantha Dow Schull is a principal and founder of DDSchull Associates and author of 50+ Library Services: Innovation in Action (ALA Editions, 2013).

Les Watson is former pro-vice chancellor of Glasgow (Scotland) Caledonian University and the editor of Better Library and Learning Spaces: Projects, Trends and Ideas (Facet Publishing, U.K., 2012).

Jeannette Woodward, formerly a library manager for many years, is a founder and principal of Wind River Library and Nonprofit Consulting. She has written a number of books, including The Transformed Library: E-Books, Expertise, and Evolution (ALA Editions, 2012).

The following ALA divisions and offices also contributed to this report.

  • American Association of School Librarians
  • American Libraries magazine
  • Association of College and Research Libraries
  • Office for Diversity
  • Office for Information Technology Policy
  • Office for Intellectual Freedom
  • Office for Library Advocacy
  • Office for Research and Statistics
  • Office of Government Relations
  • Public Information Office
  • Public Library Association
  • Washington Office
  • Young Adult Library Services Association


Please direct feedback regarding this report to:

Mark Gould
Public Information Office
American Library Association


Reporters should contact:

Macey Morales
Manager, Media Relations
American Library Association



The State of America's Libraries 2014