Snelson elected ACRL vice president

Contact: Megan Bielefeld

ACRL Program Coordinator
For Immediate Release

May 25, 2005

Snelson elected ACRL vice president

CHICAGO - Pamela Snelson, college librarian at Franklin & Marshall College, has been elected vice president/president-elect of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). She will assume office following the 2005 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago.

“I consider it more than an honor to have been elected,” said Snelson. “I am thrilled to have this opportunity to give back to ACRL for all it has given to me.”

“Pam's deep knowledge of ACRL and her extensive leadership experiences will be a real asset for ACRL,” said ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen K. Davis. “I look forward to working with Pam as she takes on this key leadership role.”

Snelson will complete a four-year term as director-at-large on the ACRL Board of Directors in June, 2005, and also serves as a member of the ACRL Information Literacy Advisory Committee. She has been active as a member of the ACRL National Conference Committee and the ACRL Budget and Finance Committee. Snelson was chair of the College Library Section and the
C&RL News Editorial Board. She has been a reviewer for
CHOICE since 1987.

Snelson also has been active in the College & University Section of the New Jersey Library Association, with service as member-at-large on the Executive Committee and as the Automated Library Services Section President.

Her publications include
Understanding Remote Reference and Its Importance for Reference Services, 1997
; Remote Users of OPACs: Do They Differ from Library Users, 1994;
Relationships Between Access and Use in Information Systems, 1993.

Prior to joining Franklin & Marshall College in 1998, Snelson held numerous positions at Drew University including assistant director for automation and public services, coordinator of access services, head of periodicals, reference librarian and acquisitions librarian. She received her bachelor's degree from Drew University, her master's of library science from Rutgers University, and her master's of political science from Drew University. She also received her Ph.D. in Information and Library Studies from Rutgers University.

Two additional candidates were elected to the ACRL Board of Directors. Janis Bandelin, director of libraries at Furman University, and Karen Williams, associate university librarian for academic programs at the University of Minnesota, were elected as directors-at-large for 2005-2009.

Also on the 2006 ballot, ACRL members approved, by a nearly 2 to 1 margin, a dues increase, which will go into effect in fiscal year 2006. In a letter to ACRL members, ACRL President Frances J. Maloy said, “This vote is an endorsement of the value ACRL provides to you. You have voted to ensure the vitality of future programs and services, such as the very successful National Conference in Minneapolis, Information Literacy Immersion Program, publications, workshops and advocacy.”

Annual dues for personal members will be $45 for fiscal year 2006 and $55 thereafter. Annual dues for full-time students or retirees will be $35. Annual dues for full-time students or retirees will be $35. ACRL dues have been unchanged since 1989 when the last dues increase was approved.

A link to election results for ACRL's 17 sections can be found in the 'Spotlight' section of the ACRL Web site,

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association, representing 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic and research libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.