Contact: Larra Clark

ALA Press Officer


For Immediate Release

October 13, 2003

Linke, Switzer seek ALA Treasurer post

Erika C. Linke, associate dean of University Libraries for Collection and User Services at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and Teri Switzer, assistant director for Human Resources and Budget at the Auraria Library, University of Colorado at Denver, are candidates for the 2004-2007 term as treasurer of the American Library Association (ALA).

Since 1984, Linke has held positions of increasing responsibility at Carnegie Mellon, including associate university librarian for Collection & User Services, assistant university librarian for Collection & User Services, and head of Collections and Access. She is engaged in the Million Book Project, an international digital collaboration among librarians and computer scientists in the U.S., China and India. Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon, she was head of Interlibrary Loan and INFORM (a fee-based service) at the University of Minnesota. She has served as treasurer of the Carnegie Mellon Federal Credit Union since 1993.

Linke has served on various committees in the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA).
She recently concluded a term on the ACRL Board and Executive Committee. She also has served on and chaired the ACRL Budget and Finance Committee. Currently she serves on the ACRL Friends Fund Committee and chairs the ACRL Long Term Investment Fund Task Force. Earlier she served on the ACRL Copyright Committee and served as chair for two years

Linke holds a master’s degree in library science from the University of Minnesota. She was a member of the 2003 Senior Fellows program at UCLA.

Before taking the post at Auraria Library, 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., is a member of the governing board of the Central Colorado Library System, and is on the Budget Priorities Committee at the University of Colorado.

Switzer currently is serving a one-year term as ALA Treasurer. She is an active participant in ACRL, has served on the LAMA Executive Board, and chaired its Human Resources Section and the LAMA/Library Organization and Management Section (LOMS) Financial Management Committee.

Switzer holds a master’s degree in library science for 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, which, for the first time,
will be available online.

ACRL and LAMA are divisions of the ALA.