Cannon elected ACRL vice president

Contact: Stephanie Orphan


For Immediate Release

May 21, 2002

Cannon elected ACRL vice president

Tyrone H. Cannon, dean of university libraries at the University of San Francisco (USF), has been elected vice president/president-elect of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). He will assume office following the 2002 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Atlanta.

"I am very pleased to be elected vice president/president-elect of the Association of College and Research Libraries," Cannon stated. "As an academic librarian for more than 20 years, I know the significant role our association, through its membership, has played in supporting the important work performed daily by academic librarians and staff in a wide range of scholarly institutions."

Cannon's 2003-2004 presidential term will focus on articulating the role that academic librarians and libraries play in learning communities. Another priority is recruitment to the profession and working to create a more diverse profession.

"Tyrone's work on numerous ACRL and ALA committees, involvement in ALA's Black Caucus, and participation in other library and higher-education organizations have prepared him for this key leadership role," ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen Davis said. "We are looking forward to his leadership in the year to come."

Cannon is an active member of ALA and ACRL. He has been a member of the Black Caucus of ALA since 1981 and also has served on ALA's Standing Council on Minority Concerns and Cultural Diversity, and Membership Committee.

At ACRL, he has held positions on the Appointments Committee; Nominations Committee; CHOICE editorial board; University Libraries Section's Policy and Planning Committee; and Ninth National Conference Invited Papers Subcommittee.

Cannon also has been active at the state and regional level, serving as treasurer of the ACRL New England Board; a member of the ACRL New England Program Planning Committee; and a member of the NELINET Reference Advisory Committee. In California, he was on the CAL/PALS Executive Board for four years and on the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium Executive Board.

Other professional memberships include EDUCAUSE; American Association for Higher Education; National Association of Social Workers; and the Academy of Certified Social Workers.

Prior to coming to USF in 1995, Cannon was senior associate university librarian at Boston College, where he also served as head of the reference department. From 1988 to 1999, he was head of the social sciences division in the library at Oklahoma State University.

ACRL is the largest division of the ALA, representing 11,000 academic and research librarians. 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.