2012-2013 United for Libraries Executive Board
Gail Guidry Griffin
Gail Guidry Griffin is a Trustee at Shreve Memorial Library in Shreveport, La. Griffin has served as Trustee at Large and Trustee Section Chair for United for Libraries, then ALTAFF. She has also chaired United for Libraries’s Public Library Association Conference Committee and is served as co-chair of United for Libraries’s Legislation, Advocacy & Intellectual Freedom Committee and United for Libraries’s Awards Committee. In addition to being a public library Trustee, she is a librarian/library media specialist at A.C. Steere Elementary School in Shreveport. She has a B.S. and M.S. from Grambling State University, an M.L.S. from Louisiana State University. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in library studies/curriculum and instruction.
Rod Wagner is Director of the Nebraska Library Commission. Rod was appointed to his current position in 1988. Prior to that time he served as Deputy Director of the Library Commission and Director of NEBASE, a state affiliated network of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). He is a past president of the Nebraska Library Association and has served as the Nebraska Library Association’s chapter councilor on the American Library Association Council. He serves on the board of the Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska (AFCON) and currently is the AFCON president-elect. He is also a founding member and current ex-officio member of the Nebraska Center for the Book board of directors.
Ed McBride is Director of Library Sales, SAGE Publications Thousand Oaks, Calif. Previously he was Chief Member Engagement Officer at LYRASIS, Senior Vice President, Customer Resource Center, at Thomson Gale, and Director of Support Services at the San Francisco Public Library. He served on the board of Friends of Libraries USA (FOLUSA) and was Foundation at Large member on the ALTAFF Board. He earned a bachelor of science degree in library technology and administration at the University of Memphis, and he is pursuing a master's of library science/executive librarian program at San Jose State University.
Susan J. Schmidt
Susan J. Schmidt is a former Friends of Libraries U.S.A. (FOLUSA) president and long-time board member. Schmidt is a media assistant at the Montgomery County Public Schools, served as president of the Friends of the Little Falls chapter of the Friends of the Library, Montgomery County from 1992-2012, and is a governor’s appointed member of the Maryland Advisory Council on Libraries since 1998. She also served as president of the Friends of the Library, Montgomery County from 2004-2006. Schmidt has been an active participant in and speaker at ALA’s Advocacy Institute since its inception and helps to coordinate ALTAFF’s popular Nuts & Bolts program for Friends, Trustees, and Foundations held at both the ALA Midwinter Meeting and ALA Annual Conference each year.
Donna K. McDonald
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
As director of the Arkansas River Valley Regional Library System, McDonald provides overall professional library management of a four-county, seven-library system. She has been a member of ALTAFF since 2007 and served as chair of the Publications Committee in 2008-2009 and is currently the Trustee Section chair elect. She is the co-author of “A Library Board’s Practical Guide to Self-Evaluation” (ALTAFF, 2008). McDonald has also served as the chair of the Legislative Committee of the Arkansas Library Association since 2007 and was chair of the Arkansas State Library Board, 2007-2008. She received the Bessie B. Moore Trustee Award from the Arkansas Library Association in 2009. McDonald received her MLIS in 1999 from the University of Oklahoma and her BA in 1979 from the University of Arkansas.