James Rettig elected ALA president for 2008-2009; Hersberger elected ALA treasurer 2007-2010

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For Immediate Release

May 1, 2007

James Rettig elected ALA president for 2008-2009; Rodney M. Hersberger elected ALA treasurer 2007-2010

CHICAGO - James Rettig, university librarian at the University of Richmond (Va.), has been elected president of the American Library Association (ALA) for the 2008-2009 term, defeating Nancy Davenport, president, Nancy Davenport and Associates.

As ALA president, Rettig will be the chief elected officer for the oldest and largest library organization in the world. The ALA has a membership of more than 64,000 librarians, library trustees and library supporters. Its mission is to promote the highest quality library and information services and public access to information.

Rettig will become president-elect in July 2007, and will assume the ALA presidency in July 2008, following the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif. He will serve a one-year term as president and a one-year term as Immediate Past President.

"It truly is a great honor to be elected vice-president/president-elect of the American Library Association," said Rettig. "I look forward to representing ALA, to working with my fellow ALA members, and to working on behalf of library workers and all types of libraries. I also look forward to continuing our conversation about creating new opportunities for participation in ALA. Thank you especially to those who expressed their confidence in me with their votes.

"During her campaign for this office Nancy Davenport demonstrated commitment and zeal for ALA and our profession. I know she will continue her dedicated work on behalf of both."

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.

Rodney M. Hersberger, dean of the University Library at California State University-Bakersfield (CSUB), will serve a three-year term as ALA Treasurer beginning at the conclusion of the 2007 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., and extending through the 2010 ALA Annual Conference held again in Washington D.C.

"I am honored and grateful that my colleagues have the confidence in my qualifications to select me for this important ALA office," said Hersberger. "I intend to use my education and training in accounting, finance and business management and my extensive experience in ALA to carry on the excellent example of our current Treasurer, Teri Switzer. I hope to continue to simplify the reporting of ALA finances and to provide financial leadership so the membership can make well-informed decisions how to invest ALA revenues to their best results."

Hersberger currently serves on the ALA Budget Analysis and Review Committee (2005-2009). He represented the Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) on the ALA Council from 1989 to 1993 and chaired LAMA's Financial Management Committee from 1982 to 1984. He also served as a juror on the ALA-American Institute of Architects (ALA-AIA) Library Buildings Award Committee in 1997 and 1999.

Hersberger joined CSUB in 1984. Under his direction, the university built a new library that opened in 1994. Previously he served as assistant to the dean for Administrative Services and acting assistant director for Technical Services at the University of Oklahoma. He also held several positions at Northern Illinois University, where he directed the move to the new Founders' Memorial Library. In 2001, he opened LibrariesByDesign, LLC, a library building consultancy practice.

Hersberger holds a B.A. in accounting and an M.L.S. from Indiana University and has his M.B.A. from Northern Illinois University.

ACRL, LAMA and RUSA are divisions of the ALA.

A total of 15,031 votes were cast in the election. Council, Division and Roundtable elections also were decided.

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