Election Candidate: Veronda J. Pitchford

Veronda J. Pitchford  Veronda J. Pitchford

   Friend at Large

Current Position:

Director of Membership Development and Resource Sharing, Reaching Across Illinois Library System, Burr Ridge, Illinois

Previous Positions:

Library Consultant, Self Employed (2011-2013) University of Illinois, Ela Area Public Library (IL), West Virginia Library Association
Vice President, Membership and Communications, Urban Libraries Council (2006-2011)
Metropolitan Library System (1998-2006)

Degrees and Certificates:

North Carolina Central University, Masters of Library and Information Sciences, Library Science 1994 (summa cum laude)
Central Michigan University, Bachelor of Applied Arts, Public Relations, 1992.

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

ALA President Julie Todaro Advocacy Subcommittee (2015-present)
ALA Election Committee (2009-2013)
ALA Legislation committee (2001-2003)
ALA Spectrum Initiative Jury (1999-2000) & (2006-2008)
ALA Spectrum Advisory Committee (2004-2006)
ALA American with Disabilities Act Assembly (1999-2001)
ALA Public Information Office (2000-2002)
Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) Consortial ebook interest group co-chair (2013-present)
ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table Feminist Task Force Co-chair (1997-1998)
Book Expo America Conference Advisory Board (2015)
Illinois Humanities Council (Un)Common Good Advisory Board Member (2009-2011)
Illinois Center for the Book Board Member (2005-2007)
Neighborhood Writing Alliance (now defunct), Board Member (2004-2012)
Special Libraries Association-Illinois Chapter, Executive Board Member (2003-2005)
Friends of Libraries USA, Board Member (2003-2009)

Major Accomplishments:

Library Journal Mover & Shaker (2005)


“Mentoring in the millennium: new views, climate and actions,”Alanna Aiko Moore, Michael J. Miller, Veronda J. Pitchford, Ling Hwey Jeng, (2008), New Library World, Vol. 109 Iss: 1/2, pp.75 - 86
Library Leadership Development: Increasing Underrepresented Populations chapter in the International Federation of Library Associations Publication 126 edited by Ann Ritchie and Clare Walker, Published by K G Saur Muchen, 2007
The Road to Research, a Guide for Research and Resources at the University of Illinois At Chicago by Veronda J. Pitchford & Tobi Jacobi, Stipes Publishing, 1999

Statement of Professional Concerns:

Advocacy is at the heart of the United for Libraries mission as is the support of friends and trustees that fuels today's libraries. It would be an honor to work with and learn from this leading group of decision makers. This is an opportunity to publicize leading edge practices and innovative models designed to recruit and expand library support across the United States. My professional library life has been spent as an advocate focused on articulating the return on investment libraries provide communities. Most recently, I have focused on working across industries to identify partners to co-create solutions that better serve the public. As the role of the library evolves and services transform, strategic support from civic leadership such as library friends, foundations and trustees is critical. United for Libraries is the place and the platform for libraries of the future to grow support and sustainability.

Member of ALA since: