ALA mourns loss of Washington Office’s Mark Bard

Contact: Steve Zalusky

Manager of Communications,

ALA Public Information Office

(312) 280-1546


For Immediate Release,

September 15, 2009

CHICAGO – It is with deep sadness that the American Library Association (ALA) announces the untimely death of Mark Anthony Bard, who passed away last Friday, Sept. 11, from injuries sustained when he was struck by a car near his home on Oct. 1, 2007, in Alexandria, Va.

Bard, 26, of Fennville, Mich., was an extremely bright and committed young professional with a passion for his work (especially with rural areas) as Information Technology Specialist in ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP).

He left a lasting impression throughout the association through his attendance at ALA conferences and his participation in the Second Life working group. ALA will miss him dearly and sends its deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Tulip City Wings of Mercy, The Harbor Shores Humane Society, The Fennville Public Schools Educational Foundation or the charity of one’s choice. An online registry book is available at The online obituary is available at

Anyone wishing to send a sympathy card to the family may do so through ALA Human Resources.