Jenkins to step down from ACRL

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ALA News Release

For Immediate Release

June 2001

Jenkins to step down from ACRL

Althea Jenkins has announced she will be stepping down as executive director of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) at the end of July 2001.

Originally selected for the position by the ACRL Board of Directors and appointed by the American Library Association (ALA) Executive Director in 1991, Jenkins led ACRL through its transition to be a financially stable, proactive advocate for academic librarians, as well as an efficient delivery operation for services, products and programs to members.

"Althea Jenkins has been an impressive, articulate and credible advocate and has extended partnerships of mutual benefit to the higher education and academic library communities," Helen Spalding, ACRL's councilor and the newly elected ACRL Vice President/ President-elect said.

During her decade-long tenure with ACRL, Jenkins compiled a list of impressive accomplishments, including increasing the financial resources of the association; expanding its publication program, including electronic resources; strengthening the continuing education offerings; developing collaborations and partnerships with higher education and other information-related organizations; and promoting information literacy as a concept for student learning.

"As executive director of ACRL, I have had an unparalleled opportunity to view the work of academic libraries within their institutions nationwide and observe the contributions they make," Jenkins said. "Our libraries, as the cornerstones of a democratic society, have the capacity for changing lives. Their achievement of this mission is very evident on college and university campuses across the country."

"It has been a great privilege to serve the academic library community in this rewarding way," she continued. "Helping academic librarians gain the knowledge and skills needed to serve their constituents is one of the highest priorities of the ACRL board of directors. I am pleased to have contributed to ACRL's success in this area."

Jenkins is leaving ACRL to join the Florida State University staff as director of the University Libraries. In addition to providing leadership and managing two main libraries (Strozier and Dirac) on the Florida State University campus, Jenkins will be responsible for the information resources and services of nine other departmental, regional and international university libraries.

The Florida State University is a research university serving nearly 26,000 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs. The libraries have holdings of more than 2.3 million volumes and an annual budget of $12.5 million.

Jenkins previously served as Library Director at the University of South Florida at Sarasota/New College and Miami-Dade Community College.

She is currently a member of the American Association for Higher Education; the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Group; the Eckerd College Board of Trustees; the University of Pittsburgh Library Visiting Committee; and the North Central Accrediting Association Institutional Action Council.

In 2000, she received the Florida State University School of Information Studies Distinguished Alumni award. Jenkins holds a bachelor's degree in science from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, a master's in library science from Florida State University, and a doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University.

The ACRL board of directors will work with the ALA administration to fill the executive director position quickly. ACRL is a division of the ALA.