Dziedzic, Switzer seek to fill ALA Treasurer vacancy

Contact: Larra Clark


For Immediate Release

December 18, 2002

Dziedzic, Switzer seek to fill ALA Treasurer vacancy

Donna Dziedzic, director of Naperville (Ill.) Public Library, and Teri Switzer, assistant director for Human Resources and Budget at Auraria Library in Denver, are candidates to fill the remainder of the American Library Association (ALA) Treasurer term being vacated by Liz Bishoff. The one-year term would begin in June 2003.

At Naperville, Dziedzic is responsible for an $8 million budget and staff of 185. Dziedzic served as assistant state librarian at the New Jersey State Library from 1984 to 1992 and as director of the Illinois Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped from 1977 to 1983. She led New York Public Library's Andrew Heiskell Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped from 1992 to 1993. Dziedzic also has been the sole proprietor of a consulting business and allied health practice. In many of these positions, she has either supervised or been directly responsible for finances.

Before taking the reins at Naperville in 1996, Dziedzic worked as the senior program director at the ALA, where she served as staff liaison to the finance, audit and endowment committees. She currently serves as a member at large on the ALA Council and is a past president of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA). Dziedzic also is a past member of the ALA Budget Assembly.

She received the ALA/ASCLA Service Award in 1997 and the 1979 City of Chicago Superior Public Service Award. Dziedzic holds a master's degree in library science from the University of Illinois.

Before taking the post at Auraria Library earlier this year, Switzer worked three years as interim assistant dean for administrative services at Colorado State University (Ft. Collins), where she was responsible for primary oversight of all fiscal services for the University Libraries. She also has worked as personnel librarian and associate professor at Colorado State for more than seven years. She is the treasurer of Keystone Valley Corp., a sub-chapter S corporation with business holdings in Summit County, Colo., and is a member of the governing board of the Central Colorado Library System.

Switzer is an active participant in the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Personnel Administrators and Staff Development Officers Discussion Group, and served as its co-chair from 1993-94. She also is a board member for Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) and chairs its Human Resources Section. Switzer has chaired the LAMA/Library Organization and Management Section (LOMS) Financial Management Committee. Switzer holds a master's degree in library science from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and a master's degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting/taxation from Colorado State University. She is a member of Beta Phi Mu and Beta Alpha Psi honorary societies.

ALA members current as of January 31 will vote on the spring ballot. As part of the ALA Midwinter Meeting, ALA will host a candidates' forum for the 2004-2005 presidential and 2003-2004 treasurer posts Monday, January 27, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Ballroom B from 5 to 6 p.m. Carol Brey and Herman Totten are seeking the ALA presidency.

ASCLA, ACRL and LAMA are all divisions of the ALA.