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Julie Garrison
ACRL President
2021–2022

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Julie Garrison is dean of university libraries at Western Michigan University, a position she has held since 2016. Prior to this, Garrison served as associate dean, research and instructional services at Grand Valley State University Libraries (2009-2016), director of off-campus library services at Central Michigan University (2003-2007), and in several roles at Duke University Medical Center Library (1995-2002).

During her 17 years of ACRL membership, Garrison has served as director-at-large on the ACRL Board of Directors (2012-2016), and was a member of the ACRL Project Outcome Task Force (2017 – 2018), the ACRL Standards for Libraries in Higher Education Task Force (2017), and the ACRL Research Coordinating Committee (2008-2011), where she also served as chair (2010-2011).  She served as a member of the ACRL/DLS Guidelines Committee (2005-2007), and the ACRL/DLS Web Committee (2003-2007), where she also served as chair (2004-2007).  Her experience within LLAMA includes serving as a member of the LLAMA Library Organization and Management Section Financial Committee (2008-2010), and the LLAMA Buildings and Equipment Section Directory of Library Building Projects (2008-2009). Garrison also currently serves as a member of the portal: Libraries and the Academy Editorial Board. She has held numerous positions within the Michigan Academic Library Association and the Michigan Library Association.  

Her publications include: “Breaking Down Silos Through Reorganization,” by Garrison J and Bundza M, a book chapter in Leading Change in Academic Libraries (2020); Can a Library Building’s Design Cue New Behaviors? A Case study,” in portal: Libraries and the Academy, authored by O’Kelly, M., Scott-Webber, L., Garrison J., and Meyer M. (2017); “Building a Peer Learning Service for Students in an Academic Library,” in portal: Libraries and the Academy, authored by O’Kelly, M., Garrison, J., Merry, B., and Torreano, J. (2015); and “Changing Role of Senior Administrators. SPEC Kit 331,” for the Washington, DC, Association of Research Libraries authored by DeLong, K., Garrison, J., and Ryan, M. (2012)