For immediate release | May 5, 2014

Ed McBride elected United for Libraries president-elect

PHILADELPHIA — Ed McBride, executive director of library sales for SAGE, has been elected 2014-2015 United for Libraries vice president/president elect.

McBride was formerly chief member engagement officer at LYRASIS, senior vice president of Cengage Gale’s Customer Resource Center and director of support services for the San Francisco Public Library. He is currently enrolled in the MLS-Executive Librarian Program at San Jose State University. He earned a bachelor of science degree in library technology and administration at the University of Memphis. He served on the board of United for Libraries from 2009 to 2013, as well as on several United for Libraries committees and on Public Library Association (PLA) committees.

“It has been a pleasure to serve on the United for Libraries board and to be a part of a group that supports libraries and their value for local communities and society at large," said McBride. "I look forward to working with the board again as president elect and to achieving our goals and objectives with the larger United for Libraries group through continued good work and program development. It is an honor to serve the members and I thank them for their support and vote of confidence.”

Four additional United for Libraries board positions were filled during the election. Donna McDonald and Don Roalkvam were elected trustees at large. McDonald is director of the Arkansas River Valley Regional Library System, Dardanelle, Ark. Roalkvam is treasurer of the board of trustees at Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, Ill. Peggy Barber and Michael LaCroix were elected friends at large. Barber is a consultant for Library Communication Strategies, Inc., in Chicago. LaCroix is senior library director at the Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library at Creighton University, Omaha, Neb.

United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association that supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries. United for Libraries brings together library trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information or to join United for Libraries, visit the United for Libraries website or contact Jillian Kalonick at (312) 280-2161 or


Jillian Kalonick

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United for Libraries