ACRL announces invited speakers for 14th National Conference

Contact: Margot Sutton Conahan
(312) 280-2522

For Immediate Release
June 16, 2008

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The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce a distinguished lineup of invited paper presenters for the ACRL 14th National Conference, “Pushing the Edge: Explore, Engage, Extend,” to be held March 12-15, 2009 in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Seattle, Wash. These speakers will examine such topics as the culture of assessment, measures of success in higher education and issues and trends in higher education.

Marilee J. Bresciani is associate professor of postsecondary education at San Diego State University and faculty coordinator of the master’s and doctorate in postsecondary educational leadership. Bresciani previously served as the assistant vice president for institutional assessment at Texas A&M University and director of assessment at North Carolina State University. Her research focuses on organizational evaluation of student learning and development. Bresciani has authored four books, along with multiple chapters, refereed journal articles and other publications. In addition, she is a frequent facilitator of workshops and conversations around evaluating student learning centeredness across the globe. During her presentation in Seattle, Bresciani will discuss the differences and similarities between measures of success used in business and higher education, within the context of general education.

Peter Hernon is a professor at Simmons College, where he teaches courses on government information policy and resources, evaluation of information services, research methods and academic librarianship. He received his Ph.D. from Indiana University and, in addition to teaching at Simmons College, has taught at the University of Arizona and Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand). He is the co-editor of Library & Information Science Research, founding editor of Government Information Quarterly and past editor of The Journal of Academic Librarianship. He is also the author of approximately 275 publications, including 45 books. Hernon is the 2008 recipient of the ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award. His presentation will examine the culture of assessment from the perspective of an accreditation organization, how academic libraries fit into the accreditation process and how to assess performance.

Elson S. Floyd has been president of Washington State University (WSU), the state of Washington’s land-grant research university, since May 2007. WSU is classified among the nation's 96 leading public and private universities with very high research activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Floyd brings an exceptionally wide range of administrative experience, as well as valuable state and national perspectives on higher education issues and policies. A native of Henderson, N.C., he holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science and speech, a master of education degree in adult education and a doctor of philosophy degree in higher and adult education, all from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. Floyd will discuss trends in higher education administration during his presentation at the ACRL National Conference.

Further details about the ACRL 14th National Conference are online at Registration will open in mid-to-late September 2008. For more information, contact Margot Conahan at (312) 280-2522 or by e-mail at


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.