Election Candidate: Michael John LaCroix

Michael John LaCroix  Michael John LaCroix

   Candidate for Friend at Large


Current Position:

Senior Library Director, Creighton University, Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library, Omaha, Nebraska

Previous Positions:

Director of Library Services, Albright College, 1991-1994
Library Director, Wingate University, 1984-1991
Library Director, Greensboro College, 1980-1983

Degrees and Certificates:

University of North Carolina at Greensboro, MBA, 1983; University of Kentucky, MSLS, 1972; MacMurray College, BA, Psychology and Economics.

ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:

ALA Conference Programming Coordinating Team, ACRL Representative, 2002-2004; ACRL Board Member, 2007-2011; ACRL Budget and Finance Committee, 2003-2007; ACRL President's Program Planning Committee, 2005-2007; LAMA Buildings and Equipment Section, Functional Space Requirements Committee, 1995-1999, Chair, 1998-1999.

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

Nebraska Library Association, College & University Library Section, Vice-Chair, 2006-2007; Nebraska Library Association, Auditing Committee, 1999-2001, Chair, 2000-2001; Nebraska Library Association, Treasurer, 2002-2003; Nebraska Library Commission State Advisory Council on Libraries, 1996-2001, Chair, 1999; Nebraska Library Commission, Commissioner, 2013- .

Honors and Awards (library and non-library):

Nebraska Library Association, College & University Section Distinguished Service Award, 2006; Beta Phi Mu, 1986.

Major Accomplishments:

Working with alumni and college officials, I was able to establish Friends of the Library organizations at two colleges and re-invigorate a dormant group at a third institution.

Publications:

Author, MINITEX and ILLINET: Two Library Networks. Champaign: University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science, 1987. (Occasional Paper No. 178).
Author, "Librarians DO Have a Sense of Humor!" North Carolina Libraries 48 (Spring 1990): 61-63.

Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:

I am honored to be a candidate for Friend-at-Large for United for Libraries and to have the opportunity to assist and support those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries of all types. Over the course of my career, I have had the good fortune to serve on various library boards including the Berks County System Board in Pennsylvania and the Nebraska State Advisory Council on Libraries. In addition, I have participated in Nebraska's Library Advocacy Day meetings with legislators and their staffs. I currently serve as a Commissioner on the Nebraska Library Commission. There are many challenges before us, but organizations such as United for Libraries can make a significant difference in the resources we provide citizens of our respective communities and advocacy in promoting the value of libraries for the common good.

Member of ALA since:

1980