Bourdon named ALA associate executive director

Contact: Mark Gould
Director, PIO
For Immediate Release
November 8, 2006

Bourdon named ALA associate executive director

CHICAGO - Cathleen Bourdon, executive director of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) and the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), has been appointed the associate executive director (AED) for Communications and Member Relations of the American Library Association (ALA). She will assume her duties on December 1.

“Cathleen is a respected colleague at ALA headquarters, and I look forward to working with her in this senior management position,” said Keith Michael Fiels, ALA executive director. “During her tenure as the executive director of RUSA and ASCLA, she has developed new programs and services for members and managed numerous grant projects. She is an enthusiastic and creative individual and I am pleased that she has accepted this opportunity.”

In her new post, Bourdon will manage the Communications and Member Relations Department, which includes the Chapter Relations Office, ALA Library, International Relations Office, Member and Customer Service Center, Membership Promotion, Office of Research and Statistics, Public Information Office, and the Public Programs Office.

Bourdon previously served as acting director and deputy director of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and library director, and supervisor of the cataloging department and assistant professor of library and information science at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wis. She also served for three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia teaching English as a second language.

She has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and a master’s degree in library science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Since 1997, she has edited the “Librarian’s Library” column published in American Libraries.

ACRL, ASCLA, and RUSA are divisions of the American Library Association.