Election Candidate: Steve Laird

Steve Laird  Steve Laird

   Vice-President/President-Elect Candidate for 2016-2017


Current Position:

President, Reference Division of Infogroup, Omaha, NE

Previous Positions

Vice President, Sales, Reference Division of Infogroup, 2004-2006
General Manager, Reference Division of Infogroup, 1998-2004

Degrees and Certificates:

Arizona State University, BA, Journalism, 1993

Offices held in the ALA/APA, state/regional library associations, and other associations (include DATES):

Board Member, United for Libraries, 2011-present
Chair, United for Libraries Awards Committee, 2013-present
Member, United for Libraries Corporate Development Task Force, 2014-present
Member, United for Libraries Finance & Audit Task Force, 2014-present

Statement of Professional Concerns:

For nearly 20 years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a variety of libraries, ranging in size and scope. Since 2012, I’ve had the privilege of serving as a United for Libraries board member and have personally witnessed the high quality of work that is being done through this powerful organization. Moreover, I’m keenly aware of the positive impact that Friends, Library Foundations, and Trustees have on both their local libraries and their communities. Through education and advocacy, these groups have provided assistance at not only local, but also state and national levels. It has been my honor to serve United for Libraries and I very much look forward to building upon the success of the past. Moreover, I hope to continue to find innovative approaches, which will support libraries today and in the future.

Member of ALA since:

2006