For immediate release | June 24, 2013

Cardenas-Dow named 2013 ACRL/LLAMA Presidents’ Program leadership moment contest winner

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) are pleased to announce that Melissa Cardenas-Dow, outreach/behavioral sciences librarian at the University of Redlands Armacost Library, has been selected as the winner of the associations' leadership moments essay contest, held in conjunction with the joint ACRL/LLAMA Presidents’ Program. Cardenas-Dow's winning essay is available on the ACRL website (PDF).

The award will be presented at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 29, 2013, during the ACRL/LLAMA Presidents’ Program that will take place during the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Titled “Standing on Marbles: Ensuring Steady Leadership in Unsteady Times,” the program will feature noted author, executive coach and leadership consultant Dr. Karol M. Wasylyshyn.

Cardenas-Dow is the chair of the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) Web Content Subcommittee and the co-chair of the ALA New Members Round Table (NMRT) Membership, Promotion, Diversity and Recruitment committee (MPDR). In 2011, she participated in ALA's Emerging Leaders program.


About ACRL

The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing more than 12,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. ACRL is on the Web at, Facebook at and Twitter at @ala_acrl.


The mission of the Library Leadership and Management Association ( is to encourage and nurture current and future library leaders, and to develop and promote outstanding leadership and management practices. LLAMA is a division of the American Library Association.


Megan Griffin

Program Officer