2014 United for Libraries/Gale Trustee Conference Grant

Donna Gerardi Riordan

Donna Gerardi RiordanDonna Gerardi Riordan, who is in her fourth year of a five-year term as an appointed trustee and vice president of the Board of Trustees of the Orcas Island (Wash.) Public Library, is the winner of the 2014 United for Libraries/Gale Trustee Conference Grant.

In her role as Trustee, she has also served as finance chair, co-chair of the standing committee on facilities and systems and board representative to Orcas Island’s Crossroads Lectures series, along with other voluntary roles in the community, including the Orcas Island Community Foundation.

Riordan also is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, treasurer of the Association for Women in Science, co-founder of the Orcas NO COALition and founder of Research Can, a nonprofit research organization. In addition to her volunteer activities, she founded DGR Strategies, a consultancy focused on providing strategic advice and programmatic support to national organizations, foundations and institutions committed to education and workforce training. Riordan has degrees from Georgetown University (biology) and George Washington University (science and technology policy). She lives with her family on Orcas Island, Wash.

“What I did not know when I joined the board was how critically important the library is as a community organization that responds to a dizzying array of informational needs by patrons in this rural, isolated community,” said Riordan. “As we plan for the future and embark on a capital campaign for an expansion, as a trustee, I realize that I have much to learn from my colleagues in other large and small, urban and rural libraries, as well as professional librarians. Therefore, attendance at the ALA Annual Conference will be both a timely and an incredibly important mechanism to spend valuable time with colleagues in a setting designed to share relevant and creative information.”