Todaro elected ACRL vice president/president-elect

Contact: Dawn Mueller
ACRL Production Editor
For Immediate Release
May 9, 2006

Todaro elected ACRL vice president/president-elect

CHICAGO - Julie Todaro, dean of library services for Austin Community College, was elected vice president/president-elect of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).
She will assume office following the 2006 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in New Orleans.

Todaro plans to focus her 2007-2008 presidential year on continuing to make ACRL the premier "virtual, digital and in-person" professional association for academic library professionals; positioning academic library professionals for maximum impact within higher education environments; expanding external partnerships to advance library and information goals within higher education and other association and organization environments; and continuing a focus on public policy as it pertains to information, research and higher education and related issues.

"I am honored to be elected to serve as ACRL's vice-president/president-elect," said Todaro. "We live in exciting and challenging times in library and information environments and although my temptation is to attempt to address all of the needs articulated in ACRL's strategic plan, I will be working in the next few months to narrow down my focus to more clearly set an agenda that builds on past presidential leadership."

Todaro has held numerous positions in ALA and ACRL. She served on the National Conference Invited Papers Subcommittee and was co-chair of the Institute for Information Literacy. Currently, she is serving as a member of the Grassroots Library Advocacy Presidential Task Force and the C&RL News Editorial Board. She also has served as chair for the Council of Liaisons.

"ACRL is delighted to have Todaro on the board as vice-president/president-elect," ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen Davis said.
"Her advocacy skills and her success in working with higher education organizations will be invaluable to ACRL as it continues to implement its strategic plan."

Todaro also has been active in state and regional associations. She is past president of the Texas Library Association. She was chair of the Texas Library Association's Legislative Committee, chair of the College and University Library Division, a member of Tall Texans Leadership Committee on Implementation, and chair of the President's Committee on Committees.

Her publications include "The Truth is Out There," a quarterly column in
Library Administration & Management; "Nothing But Net," in
Community and Junior College Libraries; and a forthcoming July 2006 Monograph for Neal-Schuman, Inc. with Mark Smith entitled "Training Library Staff and Volunteers to Provide Extraordinary Customer Service."

Prior to serving as dean of library services for Austin Community College, Todaro was the head librarian at the Rio Grande Campus of Austin Community College from 1984-2001.
Todaro received her doctorate of library science from Columbia University, School of Library Service, and her master's of library science from the University of Texas at Austin, School of Information.

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.