Election Candidate: Alice Calabrese Berry

Alice Calabrese Berry  Alice Calabrese Berry

   Candidate for Foundation at Large






Current Position:

President, Board of Trustees, River Forest Public Library, River Forest, IL

Previous Positions:

Executive Director, Metropolitan Library System, 2004-2010
Executive Director, Chicago Multitype Library System, 1991-2004
Executive Director, DuPage Library System, 1989-1991

Degrees and Certificates:

Dominican University, MLS, 1971; Rosary College, BA History, 1970.

ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:

ALA Executive Board Member, 1999-2002; Illinois Chapter Councilor, 1997-1999;  International Relations Committee, 1997-1999, Chair, 1999; Office of Information Technology Policy, 2003-2007, Chair, 2004, 2005.

Offices held in state/regional library associations, and other associations:

Illinois Library Association, Board member, 1977, 1997-2001; Illinois Library Association Children's Services Division, President, 1977;  Public Policy Committee, 2010-12.

Honors and Awards (library and non-library):

Dominican University Alumna of the Year, 2010; Appointed to the Illinois Broadband Deployment Council by Illinois Governor Quinn, 2010 - present;  U.S. Presidential appointment to the White House Conference on Library and Information Services Advisory Committee, 1990-1992; Beta Phi Mu National Board, Member, 2008-2010; Today's Chicago Woman Award-named one of "100 Women Making a Difference", July, 1995.

Major Accomplishments:

2004 Merger of the Chicago Multitype Library System and the Suburban Library System forming the Metropolitan Library System; receipt of an IMLS Leadership Grant, "Coaching 21st Century Learners for Advancement in the library Profession," for $249,000. awarded to the Chicago Multitype Library System, (2002-04); IMLS Member Initiative Grant, $239,000. awarded to the Metropolitan Library System for thirteen of its public libraries, (2008-10); establishment of the Chicago Library System Foundation and the establishment of the Metropolitan Library System Foundation.

Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:

Library trustees and friends play a crucial role in building, promoting, and maintaining dynamic, service-oriented public libraries.  Another critical role is advocating for funding with community stakeholders, local, state and national legislators and private corporations and foundations.  Although we have made real progress in all of these areas in recent years, more needs to be done to ensure that trustees and friends understand the changing demographics of our library users and are conversant with the amazing array of new technologies shaping today's library services and changing the ways users experience those services and library collections.  It will be my goal to promote programs and activities that will help grow and educate the United for Libraries membership for a challenging, but very exciting future.

Member of ALA since: