Davenport, Rettig seek 2008 – 2009 ALA presidency

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For Immediate Release

October 29, 2006

Davenport, Rettig seek 2008 – 2009 ALA presidency

(CHICAGO) Nancy Davenport, interim director of library services at the District of Columbia (D.C.) Public Library, and James Rettig, university librarian at the University of Richmond (Va.), are candidates for the 2008-2009 presidency of the American Library Association (ALA).

Davenport served on the ALA Executive Board from 2002 to 2005 and was elected to the ALA Council for the 1999-2002 term. She also chaired the ALA Constitution and Bylaws Committee in 2000. She was president of the Federal Librarians Round Table in 2001 and chaired the Membership Committee of the Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) from 1985 to 1987.

Before joining D.C. Public Library and starting her library consulting practice this year, Davenport served as president of the Council on Library and Information Resources (2004-2006) and was co-dean at the Frye Lea dership Institute from 2005 to 2006. She worked at the Library of Congress (LOC) for more than 30 years, most recently as director of acquisitions (1998-2004), and as acting chief of Rare Books and Special Collections and acting chief of Prints and Photographs. She held multiple senior positions at the LOC’s Congressional Research Service.

Davenport has been appointed to the National Historical Records and Publications Commission by President Bush and also serves on the board of directors of the National Information Standards Organization. She was named Distinguished Alumnus by West Virginia University in 2005. Davenport holds a master’s in library science from the University of Pittsburgh.

Rettig served on the ALA Executive Board from 2003 to 2006 and was elected to three terms on the ALA Council. He also served as chair of the ALA Committee on Organization (2000-2003) and ALA Publishing Committee (1997-1999). Rettig is a past president of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) and chaired the College & Research Libraries News Editorial Board, a publication of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) from 1986 to 1988.

Before joining the University of Richmond in 1998, Rettig held administrative and public service positions at the College of William and Mary, the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Dayton and Murray State University. He wrote the monthly "Current Reference Books" review column in
Wilson Library Bulletin, continued online as "Rettig on Reference, " for 18 years. He also served as a member of the OCLC Reference Services Advisory Committee from 1992 to 1995.

Rettig received the Distinguished Alumnus Award this year from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Library and Information Studies. He also has received ALA’s G.K. Hall Award for Library Literature, RUSA’s Mudge Citation and Shores-Oryx Press Award, and
Online magazine’s author award. He holds a master’s degree in English from Marquette University and a master’s in library science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

ACRL, LAMA and RUSA are divisions of the ALA.

ALA members current as of January 31 will vote on the spring ballot. The candidate elected will serve as ALA president-elect for 2007 – 2008 and as president the following year.