Reichel elected ACRL vice president

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ALA News Release

For Immediate Release

October 2000

Reichel elected ACRL vice president

Mary Reichel, university librarian and Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor at Appalachian State University (Boone, NC), is the new vice president/president-elect of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). She assumed office following the 2000 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago.

“ACRL’s importance for our profession and for academic libraries cannot be overstated,” Reichel said. She plans to focus her 2001–2002 presidential term on recruitment to the profession, broadening member participation, increasing diversity, continuing ACRL’s strong legislative and policy focus and building closer connections with other higher education groups through an emphasis on the importance of information literacy and scholarly communication. “ACRL is the learning community for excellence in academic libraries.” Reichel said.

Reichel has been an active member of ALA and ACRL since 1977. She has served on the ACRL Board and has chaired the Instruction Section, the Appointments and Nominations Committee and the President’s Program Planning Committee. She also has served on the Southeastern Library Network (SOLINET) Board. Prior to coming to Appalachian State University in 1992, Reichel held positions at the University of Arizona (Tucson), Georgia State University (Atlanta), the State University of New York at Buffalo and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

ACRL is the largest division of the ALA, representing 11,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is dedicated to enhancing the ability of academic library and information professionals to serve the information needs of the higher education community and to improve learning, teaching and research.