Election Candidate: Charles D. Hanson

Charles D. Hanson

Candidate for Secretary/Treasurer

Current Position:

Director of Library Services, Kettering University, Flint, MI   

Previous Positions:

Head of Access Services, Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, MI
Director, Grosse Pointe Public Library, MI
Head Librarian/Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University

Degrees and Certificates: 

Ph.D, Masters in Library Science, B.A.

ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:

PLA Committees (International Relations, Membership) – 1986-2006
LAMA Council of Library Affiliates, 1994-1995
LAMA, Small Libraries Publications Committee, 1997-1999
Grolier National Library Week Committee, 2004-2005
Member, FOLUSA Board of Directors, 2005-2007
United for Libraries:  ALTAFF Board Member, 2007-present
Member, Freedom to Read Foundation,  1999 - present

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

President, Friends of Michigan Libraries, 2007-present
Board Member & Secretary, Goodwill Industries of Mid-Michigan, 2001-present
Executive Board, Michigan Library Association, 1994-1995
Past President and Member, Shorewood Kiwanis Club, MI, 1989- present

Honors and Awards (library and non-library):

Distinguished Service Award, Friends of Grosse Pointe P.L., 1996
John Cotton Dana Award (Public Relations), 1995
Award of Excellence, Michigan Library Association, 2010

Major Accomplishments:

Have served in libraries of various types – school, special, public, and academic – and made libraries strong service organizations. As President of the Friends of Michigan Libraries (FOML), I developed new outreach and advocacy activities, including workshops and training, to strengthen FOML’s mission.


Among Michigan Friends, the official newsletter of the Friends of Michigan Libraries (available at www.foml.org).
A Manual for Michigan Friends (Editor and contributor).
“Friends on Campus,” The Voice, United for Libraries’ newsletter

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Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:

My library career has included management positions in university, school, public, and special libraries.  Libraries are my focus, and I continue to be an advocate for the critical importance of libraries in everyone’s daily life. I am also a strong proponent for Friends of the library and the importance of their roles in the community. If elected, I will continue my commitment to being a voice for libraries and to those organizations, like the Friends, that serve as advocates for libraries.

Member of ALA since: