Executive director appointed for ASCLA and RUSA

Contact: Barbara Macikas
Executive Director
For Immediate Release
May 22, 2007

Executive director appointed for ASCLA and RUSA

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Barbara A. Macikas as the executive director of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) and the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), divisions of the American Library Association. She began her work with ASCLA and RUSA on May 21, 2007.

Macikas has been deputy executive director of the Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association, since 2000. In that position, she directed major new initiatives in such diverse areas as pre-school literacy, public library advocacy and recruitment to the profession. At PLA, she also was responsible for fundraising through the PLA Partners Program and overseeing collaborations with several external organizations. Before assuming the deputy position, she was conference manager for PLA, managing the highly successful PLA national conference.

Before joining the PLA staff, Macikas was a consultant with Association and Event Management (Homewood, Ill.), managing conferences and events for nonprofits and consulting in association management. While working as a consultant, she served as interim manager in the ALA Executive Office, focusing on ALA presidential activities and also consulted with ALA Offices for International Relations, Development and Human Resources. Other client groups Macikas has worked with include the Illinois Library Association and the American College of Sports Medicine. From 1985-1992, she worked in ALA Conference Services, serving as director from 1988-1992. She began her ALA career as a program coordinator (1981-1985) in the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), in continuing education.

In addition to her active ALA life, she is a trustee of the Homewood Public Library District and is a volunteer for her local school district. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The search committee included: Diana D. Shonrock (president, RUSA), Marilyn M. Irwin (president, ASCLA), Diana M. Paque (immediate past president, ASCLA), William Alfred McHugh (secretary, RUSA), Diane Foote (executive director, ALSC), Satia Marshall Orange (director, ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services), as well as Dorothy Ragsdale (former director, ALA Human Resources) and Mary Ghikas (senior associate executive director, ALA).