ACRL Officers Speakers Bureau

For several years, funds have been available to give chapters the opportunity to invite members of the ACRL Board and the Executive Director to the region as participants in chapter activities. The purpose of the visit is to speak about the activities and initiatives of ACRL and to learn of members’ interests at the chapter level. Each year, several chapters have benefited from the ACRL Chapters Speakers Bureau program.

The program features a slate of speakers eager to share ideas. Below is an informational listing of the ACRL President, Vice-President/President-Elect and Executive Director.

To maintain equity, each chapter or potential chapter is visited at a frequency of approximately every four years. Potential chapters are defined as those in an active state of being formed. This budget line is funded at an average of $750 per trip.

The chapter may indicate a preference for a particular officer from among the three, but if that person is not available (or is already over committed) another officer may represent the Association.

To request a speaker, the chapter should submit the ‘Request for an ACRL Officer’ form below. Submit requests for a fall/spring conference as soon as possible. Chapters are awarded funding on a first come, first serve basis. To best accommodate requests, chapters should submit requests for an ACRL officer at least 6 months prior to the chapter’s event.

If you have any questions, contact Lauren Carlton at

List of ACRL Chapter Speaker Visits

Jon E. Cawthrone, ACRL President 2020-2021
Dean of Wayne State University Library System and School of Information Sciences
5155 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI, 48202
Phone: (313) 577-4020

Library Positions:
Dean of Wayne State University Library System and School of Information Sciences, 2017-Present
Dean of Libraries at West Virginia University, 2014-2017
Associate Dean of Public Services and Assessment at Florida State University, 2012-2014
Associate University Librarian for Public Services at Boston College, 2011-2012

Lauren Pressley

Julie Garrison, ACRL President-Elect 2020-2021
Dean of University Libraries, Western Michigan University
University Libraries - Waldo Library
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5353 USA
Work Phone: (269)-387-5202

Library Positions:
Associate Dean, Research and Instructional Services. Grand Valley State University Libraries, 2009-2016
Director of Off-Campus Library Services at Central Michigan University, 2003-2007
Assistant/Associate Director of Public Services, Duke University Medical Center Library, 2000-2002


Karen Munro

Karen Munro, ACRL  Past President 2020-201
Associate Dean of Libraries, Learning and Research Services
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6
Work Phone:(778) 782-3252

Library Positions:
Head, University of Oregon Portland Library and Learning Commons, 2008 – 2017
E-Learning Librarian, University of California Berkeley, 2005 – 2008
Literature Librarian, University of Oregon, 2002 – 2005

Request for an ACRL Officer