Gorman, Stripling seek 2005-2006 ALA presidency

Contact: Larra Clark

ALA Press Officer


For Immediate Release

October 13, 2003

Gorman, Stripling seek 2005-2006 ALA presidency

Michael Gorman, Dean of Library Services at the Henry Madden Library, California State University, Fresno, and Barbara Stripling, Director of Library Programs at New Visions for Public Schools in New York City, are candidates for the 2005-2006 presidency of the American Library Association (ALA).

Gorman currently is a member of the ALA Executive Board (2003-2006) and ALA Council (2002-2005).
He has served as chair of the ALA Pay Equity Committee and as a member of the ALA Resolutions Committee. He is a past president of the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of ALA, and an active member of the California Library Association, where he has served on numerous committees.

Gorman has taught at library schools in his native Britain and in the United States – most recently at the University of California, Los Angeles.
From 1977 to 1988, he worked at the University of Illinois (Urbana) Library as, successively, director of technical services, director of general services, and acting university librarian.
From 1966 to 1977, he worked at the British Library. Gorman has published widely and was the first editor of the
“Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules,” second edition, in 1978 and its 1988 revision.

Most recently, Gorman received the 2001 Highsmith Award for his book,
“Our Enduring Values.”
He has been awarded the
1997 Blackwell’s Award for “
Future Libraries: Dreams, Madness, and Reality” by Walt Crawford and Gorman, the 1992 Dewey Medal and the 1979 Margaret Mann Citation.

Gorman received his library education in Great Britain at the Ealing School of Librarianship. He is both an Associate and a Fellow of the (British) Library Association.

Stripling currently is a member of the ALA Executive Board (2001-2005) and has served as an at-large member of the ALA Council.
She has served on numerous ALA committees, such as the Nominating Committee, the Committee on Education, the Conference Committee and the ALA-APA Transition Team.
She also is a past president of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of ALA, and past co-editor of its journal,
School Library Media Quarterly.

Stripling joined New Visions for Public Schools, a local education fund that supports innovative practice in public schools, in 2002.
Previously, she served as director of instructional services, Fayetteville (Ark.) Public Schools (1998-2002); director, Library Power, Public Education Foundation, Chattanooga, Tenn. (1994-1998); and school library media specialist for students from kindergarten to 12
th-grade (1977-1994).
She has written or edited four books and numerous articles.

In 1990, Stripling was named the Arkansas School Library Media Specialist of the Year, awarded by the Arkansas Association of Instructional Media.
She also received the Retta Patrick Award from the Arkansas Library Association in 1989.

Stripling earned her Master’s of Arts in communication from the University of Colorado and a Master’s of Education in instructional resources, as well as an Educational Specialist degree in educational administration from the University of Arkansas.

ALA members current as of January 31 will vote on the spring ballot, which, for the first time, will be available online.
The candidate elected will serve as ALA vice president/president-elect for 2004-2005 and as president the following year.