For immediate release | May 3, 2011

Stacey A. Aldrich elected ASCLA vice president

CHICAGO—Stacey A. Aldrich, state librarian of California, has been elected vice president/president-elect of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies.

Prior to becoming the state librarian of California, Aldrich was the deputy state librarian. She has also worked as the assistant director of the Omaha Public Library and has been both a public library consultant and branch chief for the Public Libraries and State Networking Branch of the Maryland State Department of Education. She holds an M.L.S. from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as a B.A. in Russian Language and Literature from the same institution. In her professional capacities, her many notable accomplishments have had a significant impact on libraries and library users. For example, she worked with a county and consultants to ensure that 6,000 square miles of California maintained public library service during the state's financial crisis and she helped to facilitate the vision and creation of AskUsNow!, Maryland's online live reference service.

Aldrich has also made significant contributions to the library profession. A member of ALA since 1992 and a longtime member of ASCLA, she has been an active member of the Maryland Library Association and the California Library Association, serving on committees with both associations. In 1995, she received special recognition from the Maryland Library Association for her work on the SAILOR project, a statewide network. In 2003, she was selected as one of Library Journal’s Annual Movers and Shakers. In addition to librarianship, she has done work for a futuring think tank in Washington, D.C. and has also served as a board member of the Association of Professional Futurists.

“I am honored to have been elected and am really looking forward to working with my colleagues to continue to provide great opportunities for special and cooperative library agencies to learn and grow together,” Aldrich said.

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Elizabeth Markel