Dean Emerita, University of New Mexico Libraries and Colorado State University Libraries; Adjunct Professor of Practice, Managerial Leadership in the Information Professions, Simmons College

Dr. Camila Alire


Dr. Camila Alire, dean emerita at the University of New Mexico Libraries and Colorado State University Libraries, was named the 2011 Achievement in Library Diversity Research Honoree.

With a full career in academic and research libraries, Alire’s contributions to the professional literature include titles on leadership and diversity, recruitment and retention of librarians of color, library service to Latinos and diverse populations, library marketing and advocacy and disaster recovery. She is the author of several books and articles, including "Academic Librarianship" (Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2010), "Academic Librarians as Emotionally Intelligent Leaders" (Libraries Unlimited, 2007), and "Serving Latino Communities" (Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2007).

Alire currently serves as Professor of Practice (adjunct) for Simmons College’s PhD program in Managerial Leadership in the Information Professions and has served as adjunct professor at San Jose University’s Executive MLIS program. In addition to her work at the University of New Mexico Libraries and Colorado State University Libraries, other library experience includes service as a community college library director, head of a special library, school librarian (K-12) and assistant to the dean/instructor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Librarianship and Information Management.

Alire’s service to the profession includes President of the American Library Association, 2009-2010, past president of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and past president of the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA). She has chaired several ALA committees, including the Committee on Legislation, Nominating Committee and Committee on Education, and served as chair of the 2005 ACRL National Conference. Alire has served on the ALA Executive Board and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Board. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the American Library Association’s 2011 Joseph W. Lippincott Award for distinguished service to the profession of librarianship and the American Library Association’s 1997 Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award.

Alire received her master’s in library science from the University of Denver and a doctorate in education from the University of Northern Colorado.

Alire was recognized as the Achievement in Library Diversity Research Honoree and made opening remarks during the “DiversiTea” program at the 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas.

Awards Won

Title Year
ODLOS logo Achievement in Library Diversity Research

Each year the Diversity Research Grant Advisory Committee seeks to recognize an individual for advancing research that informs diversity, equity and outreach efforts in Library and Information Science by honoring them with an Achievement in Library Diversity Research designation. Achievement is defined as a body of published work or a groundbreaking piece whose dissemination advances our understanding of or sparks new research in the areas of diversity, equity and outreach. Entries are not limited to peer reviewed, scholarly publication. We welcome open access and other forms of published dissemination. Nominations are accepted year-round and an honoree will be selected from the pool of nominees received by April 30.

2011 - Winner(s)