ACRL announces Kathryn Deiss as new content strategist

Contact: Dawn Mueller
For Immediate Release
June 13, 2006

ACRL announces Kathryn Deiss as new content strategist

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathryn Deiss as the division's content strategist, effective July 17, 2006. As content strategist, Deiss will seek out important and innovative practices, approaches and projects to bring them to the attention of the larger academic and research library community through a variety of formats including books, workshops, articles, podcasts and virtual learning events.

She also will serve as an advisor regarding organizational development, professional development and facilitation for the association.

"We are very excited to have someone with Kathryn's expertise joining the ACRL staff.
Her knowledge of academic librarianship and organizational development will enable ACRL to continue advancing its strategic plan through the development of new products and services in the areas of continuous learning and leadership," said Mary Ellen K. Davis, ACRL Executive Director.

Deiss comes from an association and consortium background having most recently headed the Strategic Learning Center of the Metropolitan Library System, a multi-type consortium serving libraries in the Chicago metropolitan area. Prior to working at the Metropolitan Library System, Deiss led the Office of Leadership and Management Services (OLMS) at the Association of Research Libraries.

Deiss is well known for her consulting, facilitation, and training services for academic and research libraries as well as for many other types of libraries and not-for-profit agencies.

As a librarian, Deiss served as head of Interlibrary Loan at Northwestern University Library, serials and auction catalog librarian for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and art librarian for the Albany Public Library in Albany, N.Y.

Deiss received her B.A. in sociology from Trinity University (San Antonio, Texas) and her MLS from The University at Albany (N.Y.).

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 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 libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.