ALA-APA director named

Contact: Mary Ghikas

ALA Senior AED


For Immediate Release

November 26, 2003

ALA-APA director named

The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jenifer Grady as Director, American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA), effective December 22, 2003.
She will meet with the ALA-APA Salaries and Status Committee and other ALA members at the upcoming Midwinter Meeting in San Diego.
Grady has an M.S.L.S. (1993) from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and an M.B.A. (2003) from Case Western Reserve University.

“I expect Jenifer will be exactly the kind of fighter we need to improve the salary and status of library workers,” said Maurice J. (Mitch) Freedman, ALA Immediate Past President and chair, ALA-APA Salaries and Status Committee. “The committee was impressed with her energy, enthusiasm and the depth of commitment she has applied to every aspect of her professional and volunteer work.”

Grady comes to the ALA-APA from a position with Battelle Memorial Institute, where she has been a client services specialist on the Garrett Morgan Commercialization Initiative in Cleveland, evaluating the readiness of women-owned and minority-owned firms to transfer and commercialize NASA technology, developing marketing plans and assisting in the development of grant proposals for clients.

Previously she was knowledge management librarian and informatics apprentice at the Eskind Biomedical Library, Vanderbilt University; assistant director for informatics at the Library, Meharry Medical College; information specialist at the Academy for Educational Development; and outreach coordinator at the New York Academy of Medicine, National Network of Libraries of Medicine.
She also was an associate (one-year fellowship) at the National Library of Medicine.

Grady co-authored “Print versus Electronic Journals: a Preliminary Investigation into the Effect of Journal Format on Research Processes” in the
Journal of the
Medical Library Association,
April 2002.
She also wrote “Get ‘Em While They’re Hot,” an article about researching African American history through cookbooks, for
North Carolina Libraries, Winter 1992.

While earning her M.B.A., Grady directed the Tax Assistance Program for Low-Income Workers. She also was president of the Black MBA Student Association.
She is a member of the American Marketing Association and the American Medical Informatics Association and on two committees of the Cleveland chapter of the National Black MBA Association.
She has participated in many volunteer activities, including MedWish, the AIDS Task Force of Greater Cleveland Speakers Bureau, Habitat for Humanity and others.

The ALA-APA Director Search Committee members were:
Freedman, search committee chair; Diane Fay, president of ALA's Library Support Staff Interests Round Table (LSSIRT) and a member of the ALA-APA Salaries and Status Committee; Keith Michael Fiels, ALA and ALA-APA executive director; Mary Ghikas, ALA senior associate executive director; Lorraine Olley, executive director of the Library Administration and Management (LAMA); Dorothy Ragsdale, director, ALA Human Resources; and Lorelle Swader, director of ALA’s Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) office. LAMA is a division of the ALA.

The ALA-APA is a nonprofit professional organization established in 2001 “to promote the mutual professional interests of librarians and other library workers.”
Its two broad focus areas are: certification of individuals in specializations beyond the initial professional degree and direct support of comparable worth and pay equity initiatives and other activities designed to improve the salaries and status of librarians and other library workers. The ALA-APA is a companion organization to the ALA.
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