CHICAGO — Six people were elected to two-year terms on the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Board of Trustees in the annual FTRF election held this past April. Current FTRF Vice President Emily Knox and Executive Committee member Robert Holley were both re-elected to the board. Peter Coyl, Sara Dallas, Eldon Ray James and Cyndi Robinson were newly elected. The candidates will join the FTRF Board of Trustees following the June Freedom to Read Foundation meeting in Washington, DC. Learn more about the candidates:
CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) welcomes Raymond Garcia as a Communications Assistant in the ALA Governance Office. He began April 9.
He previously worked as a Journalism Intern for the Public Library Association (a Division of the American Library Association). He helped managed one of PLA’s sites, Public Libraries Online and oversaw a group of contributing writers. During his time with PLA, he helped PL Online reach 60,000 monthly views, a record for the site. He also revamped PL Online’s social media accounts.
CHICAGO- Courtney McDonald, Learner Experience & Engagement Librarian and Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Libraries, has been elected the 2019-20 President-Elect of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA). McDonald will serve her Presidential term during 2020-21.
Evviva Weinraub, Associate University Librarian for Collections & Technologies at Northwestern University, has been elected as the 2020-2021 President of the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA). She will serve as Vice-President during 2019-20.
CHICAGO - Julius C. Jefferson Jr., section head of the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., has been elected president-elect of the American Library Association (ALA).
Jefferson received 5,108 votes, while his opponent, Lance Werner, executive director of Kent District Library in Comstock Park, Michigan, received 3,011 votes.
CHICAGO -- Attention: Public Library Association (PLA) members. Are you looking for ways to expand your professional network and become more active in PLA? Please consider applying to join PLA as a volunteer on one of our committees, task forces, advisory groups or award juries. Our volunteers help shape the Association by advancing its strategic plan and influencing the direction of public librarianship.