For immediate release | November 29, 2011

Laurie D. Borman is new American Libraries editor and publisher

CHICAGO - Don Chatham, associate executive director for ALA Publishing, has announced that Laurie D. Borman will be the new editor and publisher of American Libraries publications, effective Dec. 5, 2011.

Borman has a degree in journalism from Indiana University and brings to the position more than 20 years’ experience in print and online publishing, as well as substantial management experience as editor-in-chief for two print magazines in the travel industry and editorial director for digital and social media initiatives at Rand McNally. At Rand McNally, she was integral in launching, a subscription-based educators’ site. Borman has also been active in the library field by way of her work with the Asher Library at the Spertus Institute, a Chicago-based library and cultural arts institution. In addition to her success with social media, she has won recognition and awards for writing, photography and product development.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming Laurie to lead and enhance the many American Libraries initiatives underway,” said Chatham. “Her background, skills and experience indicate that she’ll be highly creative and innovative in this role, an absolute necessity in the current magazine and publication environments. We’re confident that she’ll serve the needs of ALA and its members very effectively.”

American Libraries, the premier source of news and information about the library and information science profession and published by the American Library Association, continues its 104-year tradition of keeping readers informed in print and (increasingly) online about the profession’s most current concerns. American Libraries publications include:

  • six print issues of American Libraries and at least four digital supplements per year;
  • American Libraries Direct, the award-winning weekly e-newsletter;
  •, a continually updated, comment-enabled website;
  • a growing family of blogs, including “Inside Scoop,” “Ask the ALA Librarian,” “Censorship Watch,” “Global Reach,” and Christopher Harris’s “E-Content”;
  • JobLIST: Your #1 Source for Jobs in Library & Information Science & Technology
  • a Twitter feed and Facebook page;
  • and video archives at AL Focus with coverage of conferences and events, interviews, profiles and more.


Donald E. Chatham