Diana Paque named ASCLA president

Contact: Cathleen Bourdon

Executive Director



For Immediate Release

June 16, 2005

Diana Paque named ASCLA president

CHICAGO – Diana Paque, university librarian, John F. Kennedy University, Pleasant Hill, Calif. has been named 2005 president of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). She will assume office in July 2005.

“ASCLA is at a crossroads as an association,” said Paque. “With a limited number of potential members, we need to decide how we can best serve the needs of our current and future members and be a necessary part of their professional lives. During my presidential term, I intend to focus on ASCLA's role particularly in areas of succession planning, mentoring, and member development.”

Previously, Paque served as chief of the Library Development Services Bureau, California State Library, as the director of the Library of California, California State Library, and as head librarian, Solano Community College, Suisun (Calif.). In 1999, Solano Community College recognized Paque as the Distinguished Faculty of the Year.

Paque has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Santa Clara University, and a Master of Science in Library Science, a Master of Public Administration, and a Doctor of Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

Paque currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Northern California Consortium of Psychology Librarians and is an incoming member this fall on the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium Board of Directors. She is a member of the California Library Association Assembly and its Finance Committee, and is a member of the Accreditation Steering Committee at her university.

ASCLA is the ALA division devoted to the development of specialized and cooperative library activities. Its 1,000 members represent state library agencies, specialized library agencies, multitype library cooperatives and librarians who work outside of traditional library settings.