For immediate release | May 2, 2016

Cheryl A. Middleton elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect

CHICAGO - Cheryl A. Middleton, associate university librarian for learning and engagement at the Oregon State University (OSU) Libraries and Press, has been elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect. She will become president-elect following the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, and assume the presidency in July 2017 for a one-year term.

Emily Daly, head of assessment and user experience and librarian for education at Duke University, and Caroline Fuchs, associate professor and outreach librarian at St. John’s University, have been elected to the ACRL Board of Directors as director-at-large.

LeRoy LaFleur, associate director of library services at Tufts University, has been elected to the ACRL Board of Directors as councilor.

“It is an honor to be elected as the vice-president/president-elect of ACRL,” Middleton said. “I appreciate the opportunity to build on the legacy of the leaders before me. They helped shape the organization that is considered the vanguard for excellence in academic and research libraries. Over the next three years, I look forward to working with the membership, Board, and staff of ACRL. I want to thank everyone involved in making this possible and will strive to serve the ACRL community with commitment, enthusiasm, and respect.”

An ACRL member for 19 years, Middleton has served on the association’s Research Planning and Review Committee (2010–14, chair 2013–14) and Leadership and Nominations Committee (2009–11). She has also been a very active member of ACRL’s University Libraries Section, serving on the section Executive Committee (member-at-large 2003–05, vice-chair/chair-elect 2006–07, chair 2007–08, past-chair 2009–11), Academic Outreach Committee (2011–14, cochair 2012–14), Program Committee (2003–05), Nominating Committee (2002–03 and 2005–06), and Organization and Bylaws Committee (1997–2000, chair 2003).

“I am delighted to have Cheryl join the Board as vice-president/ president-elect,” ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen K. Davis said. “She has made valuable contributions to ACRL including serving and chairing many committees, most recently the Research Planning and Review Committee, which identifies key trends in academic and research librarianship and higher education as well as conducting an environmental scan. Her knowledge of academic librarianship and higher education along with as her extensive record of service will be a great asset to the Board.”

Middleton’s work with state, regional, and other national associations includes serving on the Greater Western Library Alliance Libraries Impact on Student Learning Task Force (chair, 2011–14), Oregon Library Association Conference Committee, Local Arrangements (chair, 2002–03), Oregon Library Association/Washington Library Association Conference Program Committee (2001–02), and Valley Link Continuing Education Committee (1996–99, chair 1998–99). A member of Beta Phi Mu, she was the 2008 recipient of the OSU Robert Lundeen Faculty Development Award.

Her publications include “Magical Thinking: Moving Beyond Natural Bias to Examine Core Services” in Letting Go of Legacy Services: Library Case Studies (2014); coauthorship of “Management of Library Course Reserves and the Textbook Affordability Crisis,” Journal of Access Services (2009); and coauthorship of “Student Strategies for Coping with the High Cost of Textbooks and the Role of Academic Library Course Reserves,” portal: Libraries and the Academy (2009).

Middleton earned her MLIS from Louisiana State University. She also holds a BS in General Science from Oregon State University.

For full ACRL election results, visit the ACRL website.


The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing more than 11,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) develops programs, products and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. ACRL is on the Web at, Facebook at and Twitter at @ala_acrl.


Mary Ellen K. Davis

Executive Director