ALTAFF names Rose Mosley 2009-2010 president, Rod Gauvin vice president/president elect

Contact: Beth Nawalinski
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For Immediate Release
May 12, 2009

PHILADELPHIA – Rose Mosley, trustee/board president of the Maywood (Ill.) Public Library, has been named 2009-2010 president of the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). Rod Gauvin has been named 2009-2010 vice president/president elect of ALTAFF. Gauvin is senior vice president of K-12, news, microfilm and genealogy publishing and Global Content Alliances for ProQuest. Gauvin and Mosely will serve one-year terms beginning in July 2009. They were named to their positions as part of the combining of the boards of Friends of Libraries U.S.A. (FOLUSA) and the Association for Library Trustees and Advocates (ALTA), which merged to form ALTAFF on Feb. 1.

Mosley is supervisor of Labor and Employee Relations with the Social Security Administration, where she began working in 1966. She served four years on the former Suburban Library System board, where she was the first African American appointed and subsequently elected to the board. She is past president and member of the Illinois Library Association’s Trustee Forum, and is active in Toastmasters International, which honored her with the Distinguished Toastmaster Award in 2004, the highest recognition one can receive in Toastmasters. Mosley was selected as the 1998 Trustee of the Year for the State of Illinois for her service and commitment to libraries.

Gauvin joined ProQuest in March 2001, bringing more than 30 years of information industry experience in reference, professional, trade and educational publishing. Prior to his appointment at ProQuest, he worked for the Thomson Corp. as president and CEO of South-Western Educational Publishing, and as managing director of Thomas Nelson & Sons in the United Kingdom. He started his career with Thomson at Gale Research (now Gale Cengage). A long time supporter of libraries, Gauvin was the architect of the Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year Award. He was vice president of FOLUSA and board member of the Friends of the Grosse Pointe (Mich.) Public Library. He is a board member (2009-2011) of the United Way of Washtenaw County. Gauvin received his BA degree, cum laude, from Assumption College in Worcester, Mass.
ALTAFF is a division of ALA with approximately 5,000 Friends of Library, Trustee, Foundation and individual members and affiliates representing hundreds of thousands of library supporters. The new division brings together Trustees and Friends into a partnership that unites the voices of lay supporters to create a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information about ALTAFF, please contact Beth Nawalinski at (312) 280-2161or