Election Candidate: Donna K. McDonald

Donna K. McDonald  Donna K. McDonald

   Candidate for Trustee at Large




Current Position:

Director, Arkansas River Valley Regional Library System, Dardanelle, AR

Degrees and Certificates:

University of Oklahoma, MLIS, 1999.

ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:

President, United for Libraries, 2011-2012; Board Member, United for Libraries2012-2013; Trustee Division, United for Libraries, Chair, 2010; ALTAFF Publications Committee, Chair, 2009-2010; School Library Task Force, American Library Association 2011-2013; ALA's Advocacy Work Group 2013-2014.

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

Arkansas Library Association, Chair, Legislative Committee, 2009.

Honors and Awards (library and non-library):

Bessie B. Moore Award, Arkansas Library Association, 2009.

Major Accomplishments:

I am the Director of a rural four-county regional library system. Not only am I a librarian, but have also served as a trustee on the Arkansas State Library Board from October 19, 2004-November 3, 2011; Vice Chair, 2006 and Chair, 2007-2008. I regularly attend ALA’s National Legislative Day and participate in our State's efforts to gain support at the national level.


Co-authored, “A Library Board's Guide to Self-Evaluation,” United for Libraries

Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:

As Past President, I am aware of the need for United for Libraries to obtain greater financial stability and increased membership. I would appreciate the opportunity to work with the leadership of this Division to guide United for Libraries as it continues to evolve and improve in its service to library advocates.

Member of ALA since: