For immediate release | July 26, 2011

Alire named 2011 Achievement in Library Diversity Research Honoree

CHICAGO--Dr. Camila Alire, dean emerita at the University of New Mexico Libraries and Colorado State University Libraries, has been named the 2011 Achievement in Library Diversity Research Honoree. As part of its ongoing support of the propagation of library-based diversity research, the ALA Council Committee on Diversity and the ALA Office for Diversity are pleased to recognize Dr. Alire for her contributions to the profession and her promotion of diversity within it. The Office for Diversity began designating this honor in 2004.

With a full career in academic and research libraries, Alire’s contributions to the professional literature include titles on leadership and diversity, recruitment and retention of librarians of color, library service to Latinos and diverse populations, library marketing and advocacy and disaster recovery. She is the author of several books and articles, including "Academic Librarianship" (Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2010), "Academic Librarians as Emotionally Intelligent Leaders" (Libraries Unlimited, 2007), and "Serving Latino Communities" (Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2007).

Alire currently serves as Professor of Practice (adjunct) for Simmons College’s PhD program in Managerial Leadership in the Information Professions and has served as adjunct professor at San Jose University’s Executive MLIS program. In addition to her work at the University of New Mexico Libraries and Colorado State University Libraries, other library experience includes service as a community college library director, head of a special library, school librarian (K-12) and assistant to the dean/instructor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Librarianship and Information Management.

Alire’s service to the profession includes President of the American Library Association, 2009-2010, past president of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and past president of the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA). She has chaired several ALA committees, including the Committee on Legislation, Nominating Committee and Committee on Education, and served as chair of the 2005 ACRL National Conference. Alire has served on the ALA Executive Board and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Board. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the American Library Association’s 2011 Joseph W. Lippincott Award for distinguished service to the profession of librarianship and the American Library Association’s 1997 Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award.

Alire received her master’s in library science from the University of Denver and a doctorate in education from the University of Northern Colorado.

Alire will be recognized as the Achievement in Library Diversity Research Honoree at the 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas. Alire will receive the honor and make opening remarks during the “DiversiTea” program, tentatively scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, from 4 - 5:30 p.m.

ALA’s Office for Diversity offers thanks to the Diversity Research Grants Advisory Committee, Veronica L.C. Stevenson-Moudamane (chair), Aimee Babcock-Ellis, Vickie E. Beene, Dr. Stanton F. Biddle, Eileen K. Bosch, Robert J. Bremer, Elizabeth Jean Brumfield, Nicole Lea Busch, Denyvetta Davis, Kim L. Eccles, Michael Gutierrez, Joyce E. Jelks, Raymond P. Schwartz, Susan Elizabeth Shepley, Kathryn Sigler and R. Niccole Westbrook.

For more information on the Achievement in Library Diversity Research and the Diversity Research Grants Program, please visit