Message from RUSA VP/President-Elect, Chris LeBeau

Hello RUSA Members,

I invite you to volunteer for one of RUSA’s committees or a section committee.

There are so many ways to get engaged and serve our community of over 3,000 members. Check out the RUSA committee list  or look for committees under RUSA Sections. Volunteers must be RUSA members. We need people with many different talents and interests.

To volunteer:

  • Login to ALA
  • Visit the Committee Volunteer Form page
  • Change drop down menu option to “RUSA”
  • Fill out the form about yourself and your current ALA responsibilities;
  • Again, be sure the drop down at the bottom is set to “RUSA” or to a section.

You’re in!

You may also email me, Chris LeBeau,, and tell me about your experience and what you would like to do. Likewise, feel free to contact section vice-chairs to express your interest:

BRASS: Louise M. Feldmann,
CODES: Daniel C. Mack,
ETS: Courtney Greene McDonald,
HISTORY: Christina Thompson Shutt,
STARS: Heidi Nance,
RSS: Amy Elizabeth Rustic,

For book lover volunteers
Many members are interested in serving on the Notable Books Council. The number of volunteers far outnumbers the slots for this committee. As an alternative consider our Listen List, the Reading List, the Sophie Brody award, and all the other awards on our RUSA Awards page. All provide excellent experience in book reviewing.

Thank you again to all our current, past and future volunteers – you are truly what makes RUSA such a wonderful place to belong! We couldn’t do it without you.

Thank you in advance,

Chris LeBeau
RUSA VP/President-Elect

RUSA’s President’s Program: Be Our Guest! Transform Your Library into an Exciting Experience for Users

Dave Cobb will be the keynote speaker at the President’s Program hosted by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) at the upcoming ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Cobb, vice president, creative development of the Thinkwell Group, is an expert on designing immersive educational experiences for museums and theme parks. He’ll draw on his observations and experience with local Orlando theme parks and talk about how libraries can tell stories with space and win over library users.

He will be joined with two expert responders from the library world, John Blyberg, assistant director for innovation and UX at the Darien Library; and Steven Bell, associate university librarian for research & instructional services at Temple University.

Read the full press release here.


RUSA Virtual Town Hall, June 15, 2016

Make your voice count!

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) is hosting a virtual Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 1PM PT / 2PM MT / 3PM CT / 4PM ET to give all RUSA members (and prospective members!) a chance to ask questions about the organization and give input on our current and future directions.

We invite you to submit questions and suggestions ahead of time or ask them during the Town Hall. You can submit your question here up until June 10th:

RUSA President Anne Houston and RUSA Vice-President Alesia McManus will be present at the Town Hall to answer questions. We look forward to talking with you!

To attend the meeting please click on this link  or dial in using: 1-866-717-7547 with participant code: 72620830#, on June 15th.

RUSA is pleased to announce the slate of candidates for the 2016 ALA/RUSA elections!

The 2016 elections will open on March 15 and close on April 22. Read all the details here.


RUSA President-Elect: (One year term) 

  1. Ann K.G. Brown
    Instruction, Outreach, and Reference Librarian, George Washington University, Washington DC

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    Type of Library: Academic
    Previous Positions:Assistant Reference Librarian, Utah State University, 2000-2004Academic Resident Librarian & Visiting Instructor, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1998-2000
    Degrees and Certificates:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MSLS, 1998; University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, BA English Literature, 1996Division Affiliation(s): ACRL, LLAMA, RUSAALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:
    RUSA Membership Committee, Chair, 2014-2016; RUSA Budget and Finance, Member, 2014-2016; RSS Nominating Committee, Chair, 2014; RSS, Chair, 2013-2014; RUSA Board, Member, 2013-2014; Vice-Chair/Chair Elect, RSS, 2012-2013; RUSA Budget and Finance, Member, 2012-2013; RUSA Publications and Communications, RSS Section Representative, 2011-2013; RUSA Organization and Planning Committee, RSS Section Representative, 2010-2012; RSS Organization and Planning Committee, Member, 2009-2013; RSS Member-at-Large, 2007-2008; RSS Marketing and Public Relations for Reference Committee, Chair, 2007-2008; RSS Marketing and Public Relations for Reference Committee, Member, 2005-2009.Offices held in state/regional library associations, and other associations:
    Utah Library Association, Chair, Library Instruction Round Table, 2003-2004; Utah Library Association, Member-at-Large, Business Round Table, 2003-2004Publications:
    Gaspar, Deborah, and Ann Brown. “Hiring in an Academic Library: Fit is Essential.” College & Undergraduate Libraries. December 2015. (In Press)Smith, Caroline and Ann Brown. “More Than Just a Fieldtrip: Faculty and Librarian Collaboration in the First-Year Writing Classroom.” Journal of Teaching Writing 26 (2) 2011.Brown, Ann, Paola Ceccarini, and Cathy Eisenhower. “What Does First-Person Shooter Have to Do With Libraries?” Library Orientation Series: Thirty-Fourth National LOEX Library Instruction Conference, Proceedings, 2006. 39 2008, 49-51.Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
    When I joined RUSA I found an opportunity to serve and a great group of colleagues who quickly became friends. We’ve been drawn together by our love of librarianship and our diverse roles in serving our patrons. As chair of RUSA Membership, I come into contact with so many of our constituency who don’t realize the opportunities you get with a membership, like belonging to six sections for free! So it is imperative that RUSA continue to meet and exceed the needs of our membership in a multitude of modes and ways, especially in times of depleting and flux. I would be proud to represent the membership of RUSA in this and all endeavors as we go forward.Member of ALA since: 1996

  1. Chris LeBeau
    Assistant Teaching Professor / Learning & Research Librarian, University of Missouri, iSchool / University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City MO

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    Type of Library: Academic
    Previous Positions:Reference Librarian and Coordinator of Electronic Services (1983-2002); Web Editor (2000- 2002), Creighton University, 1983-2002Librarian, Greenburgh Public Library (1980-1983)
    Degrees and Certificates:Creighton University, MBA, Business, 1992; Long Island University, MS, Library Science, 1983; Marymount College, BA, History, 1974.
    Division Affiliation(s): ACRL, RUSAALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:
    Member, RUSA Business Reference and Services Section, Representative to RUSA Budget and Finance Committee, 2015-2017; Member, RUSA Business Reference and Services Section, Vendor Relations Committee, 2015-2016; Member, RUSA Strategic Planning Coordinating Task Force, 2014-2015; Member, RUSA Business Reference and Services Section, Program Planning Committee, 2014-2015; Co-Chair, RUSA Review Task Force, 2013-2014; Member, RUSA-BRASS Financial Literacy Education Guidelines and Best Practices Committee (IMLS grant funded project), 2014; Chair, RUSA Business Reference and Services Section, Vendor Relations Committee, 2013-2015; Past-Chair, RUSA Business Reference and Services Section, 2012-2013; Chair, RUSA Business Reference and Services Section, 2011-2012; Vice-Chair, RUSA Business Reference and Services Section, 2010-2011; Member, RUSA Virtual Participation Policies & Procedures Task Force, 2012; Member, RUSA Budget & Finance Committee,2010-2011; Executive Board Member & Member at Large, RUSA Business Reference and Services Section, 2008-2011; Executive Board Member, RUSA Business Reference and Services Section, 2007-2015; Chair, RUSA BRASS Business Reference Sources Committee, 2006-2007; Member, RUSA Business Reference and Services Section, Business Reference Sources Committee, 2003-2007; Member, RUSA Machine Assisted Reference Section, User Access to Services Committee, 2003-2007.Offices held in state/regional library associations, and other associations:
    Member, Missouri Library Association Nominating Committee, 2016; Member, Mid-American Library Alliance Strategic Planning Committee, 2015; Member, Missouri Library Association, Bylaws Committee, 2009-2010; Member, Kansas City Metropolitan Library & Information Network Continuing Education Committee, 2006-2011; Member, EBSCO Software Advisory Comm, 2005-2011; Member, Nebraska Library Association, Executive Board, 2001-03; Consultant-Evaluator, Higher Learning Commission, 1998-2003; Webmaster, Nebraska Library Association, College & University Section, 2000-02; Legislative Link, Nebraska Library Association, 1995-2002 ; Chair, Nebraska Library Association Publicity Committee, 2000; Member, Nebraska Library Association Tri-Conference Planning Committee, 2000-00; Chair, ACRL Chapter, Nebraska Library Association, 1996-97; Chair, Nebraska Library Association, College & University Section, 1996-1997; Vice-Chair, Nebraska Library Association, College & University Section, 1995-1996;Sec/Treas, Information Technology and Access Round Table, Nebraska Library Association, 1994-1997; Convention Coordinator, Nebraska Library Association-Nebraska Educational Media Association Convention, 1994; Chair, Nebraska Library Association Future Convention Sites Planning Committee, 1994-1996.Honors and Awards:
    $25,000 IMLS SPARKS/Ignition Grant to develop financial literacy guidelines and best practices (RUSA team effort), 2013; “High Flyer” Teaching Excellence Award, University of Missouri-Columbia, College of Education, 2007; Presidential Award for Excellence, Nebraska Library Association, 2001; Presidential Award for Service, Nebraska Educational Media Association, 1994; Distinguished Service Award, Nebraska Library Association, College & University Section, 1993; FBI Award of Recognition for participation in the FBI Stolen Books Project, Omaha, Nebraska, Presented at ALA, 1990. History Award, Marymount College, 1974; Beta Phi Mu Honor Society; Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society (Business honor society); Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society (Jesuit honor society).Major Accomplishments:
    Committee Member, created RUSA Strategic Plan, 2014;Co-Chair, wrote RUSA Review report (comprehensive study of the external and internal environment), 2014; Team member, authored RUSA Financial Literacy Education Guidelines and Best Practices, 2014, funded by a $25,000 IMLS grant;Publications:
    Kit Keller, Chris LeBeau, Elizabeth Malafi and Andy Spackman. “Meeting the Need for Library–based Financial Literacy Education” Reference and User Services Quarterly 54.3 spring 2015, 47-51.
    LeBeau, Chris. “Start-Ups,” in Basic Business Library: Core Resources and Services. 5th ed. Eric Forte and Michael Oppenheim, eds. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing, 2011.LeBeau, Chris. “Librarians as Adjunct Practitioners,” in Reference Reborn: Breathing New Life into Public Services Librarianship. Diane Zabel, ed. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2011. 

    Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
    RUSA and BRASS have been my professional home for 13 years. RUSA is a place to cultivate friendships, create a professional network, assume responsibilities apart from the workplace, and to grow professionally. It has also been a place to expand horizons due to its rich diversity.

    Today’s librarians must meet the demands of rapid change and master multiple skillsets. In response, having had a hand in its creation, I support our new strategic plan emphasizing greater member engagement, expanded learning opportunities and better member value. I welcome Interest Groups that offer new topics of conversation that bridge Sectional boundaries. I value our signature RUSA awards. I would like to see RUSA develop more best practices. I encourage our younger members to share ideas for a new generation. While there is a plethora of new conferences, I hope librarians will find value, as I have, in the many benefits of RUSA.

    Member of ALA since: 1985

RUSA Director-At-Large: (Three year term) 

  1. Jennifer C. Boettcher
    Business Reference Librarian, Georgetown University, Washington DC

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    Type of Library: AcademicPrevious Positions:
    Business Librarian, Texas A&M University, 1994-1997Head of Reference, National Small Business Development Center Research Network, 1992-1994Student Librarian, New York State Small Business Development Center, Albany, New York. 1992Degrees and Certificates:
    Georgetown University, MBA, 2005.State University of New York, MLS, 1992.University of New Hampshire, BA Art History, 1987.Division Affiliation(s): ACRL, RUSA

    To which Round Tables do you belong? Government Documents (GODORT), Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT), Library Research (LRRT)

    ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:
    American Library Association 1992-

    RUSA Councilor on ALA Council, 2012-2015

    American Library Association, Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) 1992-

    RUSA Strategic Plan Task Force 2013-2015

    RUSA Councilor, 2012-2015

    Executive Board, 2012-2015

    Organization, 2007-2011

    Nominating, 2006-2009

    Task Force on Membership Recruitment and Retention, 2005-2008.

    RUSA Board, 2005-2006

    Planning and Finance, 2004-2005

    Professional Development Committee (member, 2000-2005) (Chair, 2003-2004)

    American Library Association, Business Reference and Adult Services Section (BRASS) 1992-

    Membership, Chair 2014-present

    Membership, 2010-2012

    Emerald Research Grant, Chair, 2009-2010

    Nominating, Chair, 2008-2009

    Development, Chair, 2006-2007

    Executive Board, Chair-Elect, Chair, and Past-Chair, 2004-2006

    Marketing (ad hoc), 2005-2006

    2006 Program Planning, 2004-2006

    Section Evaluation (ad hoc), 2002-2004

    BRASS Representative to SLA 2002-2004

    BRASS Board, 2001-2003

    Member-at-Large, 2001-2003

    2001 Joint BRASS/GODORT Program Planning, Chair 1999-2001

    Discussion Group Leader, 1998-2000

    Education, 1997-2000

    Nominating, 1997-2000

    Disclosure Student Awards, Chair 1997-1999

    1997 San Francisco Program Planning – Publicity, 1995-1997

    Publication Sub-Committee, 1995-1997

    1995 Chicago Program Planning, 1993-1995

    Offices held in state/regional library associations, and other associations:
    Business Information Finders (Washington, D.C.) 1999- Founding member

    Event coordinator 1999-2006, 2010- present

    Journal of Business and Finance Librarianship 1996-

    Editorial Review Board 1996-2012

    Honors and Awards:

    Elected ALA/RUSA Councilor – Term 2012-2015

    Received the Gale Cengage Learning Award for Excellence in Business Librarianship – 2010

    Elected Chair-Elect for ALA/RUSA/BRASS – Term 2004-2006

    Elected Member-at-Large for ALA/RUSA/BRASS – Term 2001-2003



    Lauinger Library University Librarian’s Award, 2011

    For work of an individual to recognize significant contribution to the department, division, or library that resulted in cost savings, streamlined processes, or enhanced services.

    Lauinger Library University Librarian’s Award, 2005

    For outstanding leadership in the profession and in the University Library

    Elected Georgetown University Faculty Senate, 2005-Present


    Major Accomplishments:
    I have worked hard for the profession as a leader in ALA/RUSA; at Lauinger Library teaching classes and creating collections of distinction; and in Georgetown University serving in the Faculty Senate (even when Librarians don’t have faculty status) and being on the Intellectual Property Committee and Co-Chairing the Election Committee. My service is shown in my books, articles, lectures, and by teaching Business Research in Catholic University’s School of Library and Information Science. I would like to continue my service as a RUSA Director-At-Large.

    Jennifer C. Boettcher and Leonard M. Gains. Industry Research Using the Economic Census. (Greenwood Press: Phoenix, AZ.) 2004.

    David Gibbs, Jennifer Boettcher, Jill Hollingsworth, Healther Slania. “Assessing the Research Needs of Graduates Students at Georgetown University,” Journal of Academic Librarianship, Available online 14 August, 2012.

    Jennifer Boettcher. “Challenges and Opportunities Presented by NAICS,” Journal of Business and Finance Librarianship. 5, no. 2 (1999), 3-14.

    Links to further information:
    See samples of my library work at:

    A shortened CV


    Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
    I respect information professionals. We are vital to preserve the past, instruct the present, and protect the future. ALA’s role is to educate its members and be a voice for the profession. We advocate information policies holding true to our established ethics. Divisions like RUSA deftly handle ALA’s education mission.

    RUSA has a lot going for it with a diverse membership. I appreciate your support.

    Member of ALA since: 1992

  1. Jenny L. Presnell
    Humanities/Social Sciences Librarian, Miami University (Ohio), Oxford OH

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    Type of Library: AcademicPrevious Position:
    Reference and Circulation Librarian, Xavier University (Ohio), 1984-1988Degrees and Certificates:
    Indiana University, MLS, Library Science, 1984. Xavier University, Master of Arts, History, 1990; Miami University, Bachelor of Arts, History 1983.Division Affiliation(s): RUSAALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:
    RUSA Organization and Planning 2015- ; RUSA Learning Opportunities and Knowledge Coordination Task Force 2014-2015; RUSA Board, History Section representative, 2014-2015; RUSA Finance Committee 2013-2014; RUSA History Section/Gale Cengage Learning History Research and Innovation Award, 2015-2016; RUSA History Section Executive Committee (Past Chair 2015-2016; Chair 2014-2015; Vice Chair 2013-2014; Secretary 2012-2014); History Section Historical Materials Committee chair, 2009-2012, member 2008; History Section Instructional and Research Services member 2008-2012.Major Accomplishments:
    I have spent better than 30 years as a professional librarian as a subject specialist, both developing the collections and teaching bibliographic instruction. Much has changed over time and I’ve had to adapt to new ways of providing and teaching information. Yet, I believe that the underlying values for a public services librarian have not really changed. I have been on many committees that shaped the way my library (and in some cases my state) changed the way we operated; services to international students, first generation students; developing collections, weeding, preserving materials. I’ve helped many students find and discover meaning in their research. This is working locally. On a national scale, I think my publication, The Information-Literate Historian was the culmination of much of that local teaching and collection development as well as personal learning. Librarians change the world one patron, one place at a time.Publications:
    Presnell, Jenny L. The Information-Literate Historian: a guide to research for history students. 2nd ed. NY: Oxford University Press, 2013.Gibson, K., Ladd, M. & Presnell, J. (2015) “Traversing the Gap: Subject specialists connecting researchers and digital humanities centers.” Digital Humanities in the Library: Challenges and Opportunities for Subject Specialists. Arianne Hartsell-Gundy, Laura Braunstein, and Liorah Golomb (eds.). Chicago: Literatures in English Section, Association of College and Research Libraries.Brinkman, Stacy Katie Gibson, and Jenny Presnell When the Helicopters are Silent: The Information Seeking Strategies of First Generation College Students. ACRL Proceedings April 10–13, 2013, Indianapolis, IN.

    Links to further information:
    Scholarly Commons page:

    Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
    RUSA needs to continue to consider how we meet the educational and professional needs of our members, both of those who regularly attend our conferences and of those who, for many reasons cannot. RUSA and ALA should be the organization that librarians turn to for information, continuing education, and for professional development and support. At the division level I believe we have begun to look at different ways to serve our members through several initiatives such as the formation of interest groups and through the Learning Opportunities and Knowledge Coordination Task Force. I would hope that as a member at large I could work to establish connections between the sections to learn from each others’ activities and services. I also cherish the public and academic library membership and think it makes us a richer division. I’d like to increase the communication between these librarians.

    Member of ALA since: 1984

  1. Kirk G. Macleod
    Open Data Coordinator, Service Alberta, Government of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta CAN

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    Type of Library: GovernmentPrevious Positions:
    Serials Technician, Alberta Government Library, 2012-2014Information Management Technician, Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan, 2010-2012Librarian, Native Counselling Services of Alberta, 2000-2010Degrees and Certificates:
    University of Alberta, MLIS, 2014; Athabasca University, BPA Communication Studies, 2011; MacEwan University, Library & Information Diploma, 2000.Division Affiliation(s): RUSATo which Round Tables do you belong? Video Round Table (VRT)To which Ethnic Affiliates do you belong? American Indian Library AssociationWere/are you a Spectrum Scholar? Yes

    ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:
    RUSA Spectrum Intern, 2013-2015.

    Offices held in state/regional library associations, and other associations:
    University of Alberta Library and Information Studies Alumni Association, Communications Officer, 2013 – present; Greater Edmonton Library Association, Student Representative, 2012-2013; University of Alberta Library and Information Studies Student Association, Part-Time Student Representative, 2011-2013.

    Honors and Awards:
    ALA 2012-2013 Spectrum Scholar, Awarded June 2012; Native Counselling Services of Alberta Long-Term Service Award (5 and 10 years, respectively), 2005, 2010; Sam Laboucan Memorial Award, 2006. Shirley MaCrae Book Award, (for a displayed love of reading) 1989.

    Major Accomplishments:
    From 2006 to 2008 I worked to add my one-person library to the First Nations Information Connect, an online consortium of six First Nations and Tribal college libraries throughout the province of Alberta, Canada to join the Lois Hole Campus Alberta Digital Library, an online storehouse of more than 4.5 million academic journals, books, encyclopedias, newspaper articles, video clips and other materials. In 2008 the consortium opened, allowing access for students at First Nations post-secondary institutes in the province to a province-wide standard.

    In 2013, as the RUSA Spectrum Scholar, and under the direction of President Kathleen Kern, I co-coordinated the IAmRUSA project, conceived as a way to highlight RUSA members and start a dialog among interested parties. Over the course of my term, we interviewed 58 RUSA members from across North America, gaining over three hundred comments and nearly 100,000 page views. This was an incredible experience in meeting RUSA members working across the profession and an amazing way to spend my time with RUSA.

    Links to further information:
    Personal Blog:

    On Twitter at:

    Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
    During the first fifteen years of my career in librarianship, I’ve helped my wife raise our two daughters, became a certified Toastmaster, completed a Bachelor’s degree, and completed my MLIS, while service on three association executives boards and doing my work on the IAmRUSA project as the 2013-2015 RUSA Spectrum Intern. I was able to achieve all of this through teamwork, learning how to help those around me and sitting in awe of the passion association members bring to the boards they serve on.

    As a RUSA Director-at-Large I would wish to help the organization as best I can, bringing consistent support to the people I’d be working with to ensure that the kind of support I have enjoyed through my academic and professional career could be given to others. To date, my work with RUSA has been a career highlight, and I would sincerely like to return the favor.

    Member of ALA since: 2012


Vice-Chair/ Chair-Elect: (One year term)

  1. Chad Boeninger
    Head of Reference & Business Librarian, Ohio University, Athens OH

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    Type of Library:  AcademicDegrees and Certificates:
    University of Tennessee, MS Information Science, 2002; University of Tennessee, BA History, 1998.Division Affiliation(s): RUSAALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:
    BRASS Education Committee member, 2012-2014; BRASS Publications and Communications Committee Chair, 2014-present.Honors and Awards:
    Library Journal “Mover and Shaker,” 2009Publications:
    Boeninger, Chad F. “Using Web Video for Staff Training,” Staff Development Handbook 3rd Edition (American Library Association), Ed. Carol Zsula, 2013.
    Boeninger, Chad F. “Get in the Game: Adapting Library Services to the Needs of Gamers,” The Desk & Beyond: Next Generation Reference Services (ACRL), Eds. Sara Steiner and Leslie Madden, 2008.
    Boeninger, Chad F. “Wiki as a Research Guide,” Using Interactive Technologies in Libraries (Neil-Shuman), Eds. Kathleen Hanson and Frank Cervone, 2007.Links to further information:
    Business Blog,, offering tips, tricks, and tools for Ohio University business & economics researchers since 2004.Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
    I am excited by the opportunities this position presents, and I look forward to learning from and working with my fellow BRASS members.  BRASS is my primary motivation for being involved in ALA; the members are awesome, the programming is wonderful, and the learning and networking opportunities are plentiful.  As a leader in the organization, I hope to build upon past BRASS success and traditions while moving the organization forward.Member of ALA since: 2004

    • Greg Fleming
      Business Reference Librarian, University of Chicago, Chicago IL

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      Type of Library:  AcademicPrevious Position:
      Business Librarian, University of Southern California, 1999-2004Degrees and Certificates:
      University of Washington, MLIS, 1999
      University of Utah, BA, 1985Division Affiliation(s): RUSAALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:
      RUSA Structure Taskforce 2011
      BRASS Representative to RUSA Conference Coordinating Committee 2013-2015
      BRASS Conference Planning Committee, Las Vegas 2014
      BRASS Conference Planning Committee, Chicago 2013
      BRASS Emerald Research Award Committee 2010-2012; Chair 2011-2012
      BRASS Business Reference in Academic Libraries Committee 2009-2013
      BRASS Executive Committee Member-at-large 2006 – 2009
      BRASS Membership Committee 2004 -2006
      BRASS Ad Hoc Committee on Awards 2004 – 2005; Chair 2004 -2005
      BRASS Thomson Financial Student Travel Award Committee, 2002 – 2004; Chair 2003 – 2004Offices held in state/regional library associations, and other associations:
      California Association of Research Libraries, Academic Business Librarians Exchange South Chair-elect 2002 – 2003; South Chair 2003 – 2004Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
      I am honored to be a candidate for BRASS Chair. BRASS has been an important part of my career as a business librarian and I would work to increase its visibility to those entering the profession. I would also work to make BRASS events more visible at ALA conferences. But in an age of tightening travel budgets, it is also important to provide learning opportunities outside of conference. To this end, I would work to expand the offering of free webinars and would investigate partnerships with sponsors and other sections to decrease the costs to members.Member of ALA since: 1999

Secretary: (Two year term)

      1. Jared Michael Hoppenfeld
        Business Librarian (Assistant Professor), Texas A&M University, West Campus Library, College Station TX

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        Type of Library:  AcademicPrevious Positions:
        Research Librarian for College of Business, University of South Florida, Tampa Library, 2007-2009
        Administrative Assistant to Director, University of South Florida, Tampa Library, 2004-2007
        Assistant Stacks Supervisor, University of South Florida, Tampa Library, 2003-2004Degrees and Certificates:
        University of South Florida, MA Library and Information Science, 2006; University of Miami, BBA Marketing, 2001Division Affiliation(s): ACRL, RUSATo which Round Tables do you belong? Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT)ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:
        RUSA-BRASS Conference Program Planning Committee Member 2015-current; RUSA-BRASS Business Reference in Academic Libraries Committee Member 2014-current; RUSA-RSS Board Member 2012-2014; RUSA-RSS Virtual Reference Tutorial Subcommittee Member 2010-2014 (Chair 2012-2014); RUSA-BRASS Education Committee Member 2010-2014Honors and Awards:
        PrivCo Prize For Excellence in Business Librarianship, Finalist, 2013Major Accomplishments:
        During my tenure at Texas A&M University, I have brought active learning further into the classroom by leading an effort to use web-based polling in library instruction sessions. I have also reached business students earlier in their college careers via outreach to a freshman business class most business students take. The effort of which I am most proud is my work with the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV), where I provide business research assistance to post-9/11 veterans who wish to start their own businesses. I have created an EBV Info Portal for veterans from all 10 EBV institutions across the country. This resource provides access to several proprietary business databases, as well as freely available websites, to assist these veterans in succeeding with their ventures.

        Hoppenfeld, Jared and Elizabeth Malafi. “Engaging with Entrepreneurs in Academic and Public Libraries,” Reference Services Review (Emerald Group Publishing Limited), Volume 43, Number 3, 2015.
        Hoppenfeld, Jared and Michael M. Smith. “Information-Seeking Behaviors of Business Faculty,” Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship (Routledge), Volume 19, Number 1, 2014.
        Hoppenfeld, Jared, Trip Wyckoff, Jo Ann J. Henson, Jenna N. Mayotte, and Hal P. Kirkwood Jr. “Librarians and the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans: Helping Disabled Veterans With Business Research,” Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship (Routledge), Volume 18, Number 4, 2013.

        Links to further information:

        Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
        I enjoy serving on BRASS committees and presenting at BRASS sessions and would be honored to serve as BRASS Secretary, if elected. I believe that an important service BRASS provides is professional development for those who provide business reference services in various types of libraries. I am inspired to see the work of numerous committees aimed at continuing with this important part of BRASS, and I would continue to support these efforts as a member of BRASS Exec. Having served as secretary on a library committee as well as in various meetings, I am comfortable with my ability to take detailed minutes. A goal of mine would also be to ensure all BRASS documentation is up-to-date, including the BRASS Handbook.

        Member of ALA since: 2004

      1. Ilana Stonebraker
        Business Information Specialist- Assistant Professor of Library Science, Purdue University,West Lafayette IN

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        Type of Library:  AcademicPrevious Positions:
        Circulation Supervisor, Kresge Business Library, University of Michigan 2011-2012
        Reference Assistant, Clark Library of Maps, Governments Documents and Data Services 2011-2012Degrees and Certificates:
        University of Michigan School of Information, Ann Arbor, Michigan. 2012
        Master of Science in Information
        Specialization: Library and Information Services, Preservation of InformationUniversity of Washington, Seattle, Washington. 2009
        Bachelors of Arts in History with HonorsDivision Affiliation(s): RUSAALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:  
        RUSA BRASS 2016 Program Planning Chair 2015-present; RUSA BRASS New Business Librarian’s Discussion Group co-Founder and Chair 2012-2015; RUSA BRASS Business Reference in Academic Libraries Member 2013-present; RUSA BRASS 2014 Program Planning Committee MemberOffices held in state/regional library associations, and other associations:
        President, University of Michigan School of Information ALA Chapter, 2011-2012.Honors and Awards:
        Purdue Libraries Award of Excellence in Teaching 2015; RUSA BRASS Emerald Research Grant 2014; RUSA BRASS Gale Cengage Student Travel Award 2012

        Major Accomplishments:
        Co-created CrowdAsk, a crowdsourcing system for reference.
        Co-founder of New Business Librarians Discussion Group.

        Ilana Stonebraker. “Flipping the Business Information Literacy Classroom: Redesign, Implementation, and Assessment of a Case Study,” Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship, 20:4, 283-301, 2015. DOI: 10.1080/08963568.2015.1072893
        Ningning Kong, Tao Zhang, Ilana Stonebraker. “Common metrics for web-based mapping applications in academic libraries” Online Information Review 2014 38:7, 918-935
        Ilana Stonebraker, Tao Zhang. “Crowdsourcing Reference Help: Using Technology To Help Users Help Each Other” ACRL 2015 contributed paper.

        Links to further information:

        Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
        I strongly believe in the power of BRASS as force of good in the realms of librarianship, information science, higher education and the greater business community. As secretary, my focus would be on listening to BRASS members to better preserve the record for years to come. I will work hard to take comprehensive notes at meetings and upload my notes in a timely manner.

        Member of ALA since: 2010

Member-At-Large: (Three year term) 

      1.  Annette Buckley
        Business Librarian, University of California Irvine, Irvine CA

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        Type of Library:  AcademicDegrees and Certificates:
        University of Texas at Austin, MSIS, 2011.Division Affiliation(s): RUSAALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:  
        BRASS Webmaster, 2012-present
        BRASS Program Committee for ALA 2015, 2014-2015Honors and Awards:
        Academic Business Librarianship Travel Award, 2013Links to further information: of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
        I have thoroughly enjoyed serving my colleagues in BRASS, both as a member of the 2015 Program Committee, and as the BRASS webmaster.  If elected to serve as Member at Large, I look forward to continuing to learn about the leadership, both in terms of people and procedures, and I will apply that knowledge in my future endeavors with BRASS and RUSA.  Thank you for your consideration!Member of ALA since: 2010

      • Edmund A. Rossman
        Adult Services Librarian, Shaker Heights Public Library, Shaker Heights OH

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        Type of Library:  PublicPrevious Positions:
        Technology Center Supervisor, Lakewood (OH) Public Library, 1995-2004
        Business Manager, WENZ-FM, Cleveland, OH 1992-1995
        Traffic/Business Manager, KVOD-FM, Denver, CO, 1985-1992Degrees and Certificates:
        Kent State University, MLIS, 2003; Ohio University, MA Communications, 1980; Cleveland State University, Dual BAs, Mass Communications/Political Science, 1979.Division Affiliation(s): RUSAALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:  
        BRASS Business Reference in Public Libraries committee, Member 2010-present, Chair, 2013-2015Honors and Awards:
        April 2010 – Public Librarian Support Award for Business Reference Services, awarded by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) 2003 – OCLC Web Junction Award winner for Innovative Content and Use of Technology for the More Than Names2000 OLC Marketing and P.R. Division – Winner: Simply the Best
        Library Association Award for Albanian Outreach web site

        1991 – Colorado Broadcaster’s Association – Best Public Affairs program for large market radio – KVOD-FM: Curtains Rising – Weekly news/classical music program about former communist countries.

        Major Accomplishments:
        Currently Kent State University S.L.I.S. instructor
        Topic: Online workshops on Communications: Memos, Press Releases, Newsletters, Annual Reports; Social Media and Internal Wiki’s.

        January 2015 – American Library Association – Webinar: New Sources of Revenue: Naming Rights, Crowdfunding, Sponsorships, and more.

        Author: “Castles Against Ignorance: How to make libraries great educational environments” Booksurge Publishing, 2006
        Author: What’s in a Name? Naming rights as revenue generators Public Libraries Briefcase: No. 29, 1st Quarter 2014
        Author: More Than Names; An Electronic Memorial for Lakewood, Ohio, American Libraries, August 2003

        Links to further information:

        Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
        I’m concerned about the declining money and resources libraries of all types have faced recently. This impacts both our ability to serve our communities as well as the ability to recruit and retain qualified people. To help solve some of the problems associated with this I’ve been cross-pollinating the business skills learned in my previous radio career into the library field, by teaching classes in business communications, writing about efficiency in library operations, and most recently, writing and conducting webinars and forums on finding new revenue streams for libraries. We need to become financially stronger, without sacrificing our values, much like Public Broadcasting has done. One step towards that will be building up our own abilities to become business education centers for our various communities, academic or public. I see BRASS as having an important role in that, which I’d like to assist in.

        Member of ALA since: 2002


Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: (One year term) 

      1. William A. McHugh
        Reference Collection Management Librarian / Principal Bibliographer, Northwestern University, Evanston IL

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        Type of Library:  AcademicPrevious Position:
        Reference Librarian, Northwestern University, 1983-1993Degrees and Certificates:
        University of Chicago, MA Library Science, 1984.
        Wichita State University, MA English, 1973.
        Carleton College, BA English, 1970.Division Affiliation(s): ACRL, RUSATo which Round Tables do you belong? Library History (LHRT)ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:
        ALA Committee on Organization, Member 2008- 2010, 2011-2013; ALA Elections Committee, Member 2007-2011; ALA Reference Books Bulletin Board, Member 1994-1996.
        RUSA Conference Program Coordination Committee, Member 2014-present; RUSA Nominating Committee, Member 2003-2004, 2013-2014; RUSA Reference Service Press Award Committee, Member 2012-2014, Chair 2013-2014; RUSA CODES Reference Publishing Advisory Committee, Member 2010-2014, Chair 2011-2014; RUSA Membership Committee, Member 2008-2012; RUSA Task Force on Membership Recruitment, Chair 2006-2008; RUSA Secretary, 2005-2007; RUSA/MARS Best of Fee-Based Reference Web Sites Investigative Task Force, Member 2003-2005; RUSA/MARS Program Planning Committee, Member 2003-2005; RUSA/MARS Nominating Committee, Chair 2002-2004; RUSA/MARS Vice-Chair 2000-2001, Chair 2001-2002, Past-Chair 2002-2003; RUSA Planning and Finance Committee, Member 2000-2001, 2002-2003; RUSA/MARS Planning Committee, Member 2000-2001, 2002-2006, Chair 2004-2005, Co-chair 2005-2006, Consultant, 2007-2008; RUSA/MARS Member-at-large, 1997-2000; RUSA/MARS Achievement Recognition Certificate Committee, Member 1997-2000, 2004-2005, Chair 1998-2000; RASD/MARS User Access to Services, Intern 1993-94, Member 1994-1997, Chair 1996-97; RASD/CODES Bibliography Committee, Member 1988-92, Chair 1991-92, Consultant, 1992-93; RASD Catalog Use Committee, Member 1987-91.Offices held in state/regional library associations, and other associations:
        International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, IFLA Express Committee (Chicago conference), Member 1985.Honors and Awards:
        MARS Achievement Recognition Certificate (“My Favorite Martian”), 2004.
        Alice Berline Kaplan Center for the Humanities, Northwestern University. Fellow, 1995-96.
        Beta Phi Mu, 1985.

        Major Accomplishments:
        One accomplishment that I am very proud of is organizing a discussion forum at the last Dallas midwinter meeting, as chair of a CODES committee, on “Life After the Statistical Abstract.”  We brought together representatives from Bernan and ProQuest to talk with concerned librarians about the demise of the Statistical Abstract, resulting in the two publishers continuing the publication as a private venture.   I’m also proud of completing my book-length study of the project to produce the first US national union list of serials in the 1920s, the first significant cooperative project to support research libraries.

        McHugh, William A. “To Advance the Boundaries of Knowledge:” The 1927 Union List of Serials and the Provision of Resources for Research. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Occasional Paper no. 214. 2008. Available at
        McHugh, William A. “‘The Instinctive Grammatical Moralizer’: H. W. Fowler and His Dictionary of Modern English Usage,” in Distinguished Classics of Reference Publishing, edited by James Rettig, 41-53. Phoenix: Oryx, 1991.
        Baker, Betsy, Natalie Pelster, and William McHugh. “Refinding Reference: Carrying the Reference Mission into the Libraries of the 21st Century,” in Finding Common Ground: Creating the Library of the Future without Diminishing the Library of the Past, edited by Cheryl LaGuardia and Barbara A. Mitchell, 99-110. New York: Neal-Schuman, 1998.

        Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
        RUSA has been a key part—actually, the key part—of my professional life for the last thirty years. One of the highlights of my career is serving as chair of MARS (now ETS) some years ago. Since then, my job responsibilities have turned increasingly to collection work, and CODES has become a natural home. We are in an era of significant changes in the way library collections are being developed. We are also seeing collection work increasingly integrated with other public service work, giving CODES a potential role as the locus of conversation about the change we are all experiencing. I always welcome the opportunity to give back to RUSA what I have gained from it, and am excited and humbled by the opportunity to lead CODES at this time.

        Member of ALA since: 1982

      • Patrick J. Wall
        Library Director, University City Public Library, University City, MO

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        Type of Library:  PublicPrevious Positions:
        Assistant Director / Head of Reference, University City Public Library, 2003-2011
        Reference Librarian, University City Public Library, 1999-2003
        Reference Librarian, University of South Carolina, Spartanburg, 1999Degrees and Certificates:
        University of South Carolina, MLS, 1999
        CPLA, Public Library Association, 2011
        BA English, Illinois State University, 1997Division Affiliation(s): PLA, RUSAALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:
        RUSA CODES Board, Member at Large, 2014-2016
        RUSA Board of Directors, Director at Large, 2012-2014
        RUSA CODES Dartmouth Medal Committee, 2012-2013
        RUSA CODES Reference Sources Committee, 2008 – 2011
        RUSA CODES Readers’ Advisory Committee, 2004 – 2008
        RUSA CODES Notable Books Committee, 2002 – 2004
        NMRT / EBSCO Scholarship Committee, 2002Offices held in state/regional library associations, and other associations:
        Missouri Public Library Directors, President, 2013
        Missouri Public Library Directors, Vice President, 2012
        Missouri Public Library Standards Committee, 2012-2013
        Missouri State ILS Task Force, 2010-2011
        MLA Budget and Finance Committee, 2011 – 2013
        MLA Reference & Info Services Interest Group, 2008 – 2010, Chair 2010
        State Electronic Resources Study Group (ERSG), 2009
        Municipal Library Consortium, President, 6/2013-6/2015
        Municipal Library Consortium, Vice President, 2011-2013
        University City Memorial Day Run Committee 2002 – Present, President, 2004 – 2007, Scribe 2012-Present
        ReadMOre Committee, 2003 – 2008Honors and Awards:
        NoneMajor Accomplishments:
        MOREnet Public Library Transformation Grant 2013-2016.

        Links to further information:
        Join Libraries across Missouri as we read competitively:
        We challenge you and your library.

        Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
        As a member of RUSA and of CODES, I strongly believe that we are all better librarians when we work together to share our best practices, our new ideas, and our favorite books and authors. We are all able to serve our communities better when we are able to have committee meetings, webinars, table talks, and discussions, whether this is at conferences or through webinars.
        As a librarian and as the director of a medium-sized public library, I believe that we should strive to provide the information that every member of our communities need, make available to all the widest array of literature and art possible. Our patrons should know that libraries are there to help explore the lives and thoughts of our collective past through classic works of history and literature, to inform them of the current state of the world in all factual and fantastic forms, and connect all community members to their best possible future, introducing them to technologies, allowing them all to thoughtfully interact with the waves of change sweeping across all of our lives. I believe that we should be there to provide a path to the knowledge, the reading, viewing, and listening experiences that will change and enrich their lives.

        Member of ALA since: 1999

Secretary: (two year term)

      1. Jack O’Gorman
        Reference and Instruction Librarian/ Associate Professor, University of Dayton, Dayton OH

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        Type of Library:  AcademicPrevious Positions:
        Electronic Reference Services Librarian, Northern Kentucky University, 1994-1999
        Technical Information Specialist, NIOSH, 1992-1994
        Head of Technical Information Center/ Software Engineer, Softech Inc., 1987-1992Degrees and Certificates:
        St. John’s University, MLS, 1983; Walsh University, BA Mathematics, 1981Division Affiliation(s): RUSAALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:
        RUSA Dartmouth Medal Committee, 2001 – 2004 and 2010-2013. Chair, 2011-13
        RUSA CODES Awards Coordinating Committee, 2011-2013
        Chair, Reference Books Bulletin (RBB) Editorial Board 2001 – 2004
        Reference Books Bulletin (RBB) Editorial Board 2000 – 2013
        RUSA CODES Reference Collection Development Committee 2000 – 2004Honors and Awards:
        Listed in Marquis Who’s Who electronic databaseMajor Accomplishments:
        Reference and instruction librarian responsible for reference, library instruction, collection development and liaison work in engineering, physics, math and geology. Over 30 years experience in reference services. Active with RUSA through the Dartmouth and other committees. Served on many university committees, including chairing the Honorary Degree Committee, and as a member of the university Promotion and Tenure Committee and Academic Senate.Publications:
        O’Gorman, Jack, editor. Reference Sources for Small and Medium Sized Libraries. 8th edition, Chicago: American Library Association, 2014.
        O’Gorman, Jack, editor. Reference Sources for Small and Medium Sized Libraries. 7th edition, Chicago: American Library Association, 2008.
        O’Gorman, Jack, and Trott, Barry. “What Will Become of Reference in Academic and Public Libraries?” Journal of Library Administration, Volume 49, Number 4, 2009, p 327-39.

        Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
        I will continue to work with RUSA to develop and celebrate excellence in reference services. Collection development is one of the core components of reference services. So, if elected, I will continue the work of RUSA CODES

        Member of ALA since: 1983

      • Patricia Lehan Gregory
        Assistant Dean for Library Assessment, Saint Louis University, Pius XII Library, St Louis MO

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        Type of Library:  AcademicPrevious Positions:
        Head of Reference, Saint Louis University, Pius XII Library, 1988-2008
        Humanities Reference Librarian, University of Richmond, VA, 1977-1987
        Reference Librarian, Radford University, Radford, VA, 1975-1977Degrees and Certificates:
        Saint Louis University, PhD, American Studies 2001; Saint Louis University, MA, American Studies, 1993; University of Pittsburgh, MLS, 1975; Seton Hill University, B.A., FrenchDivision Affiliation(s): ACRL, RUSATo which Round Tables do you belong? Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT)ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:
        RUSA Management of Reference Committee, 1992-1994; ALA Council, 2002-2007; RUSA CODES Notable Books Council, 2005-2009, Member 2005-2007, Chair in 2008-09; RUSA CODES Best Reference Sources Committee, 2009-2013, Member 2009-2011, Chair 2012-13; Dartmouth Medal Award Committee, member, 2013-2015.Honors and Awards:
        Awarded ALA Let’s Talk About It-Jewish Literature grant in 2008; Applied a second time and was awarded same grant in 2009Major Accomplishments:
        Among my Major Accomplishments are completion of my doctorate in American Studies while working in a challenging position as Head of Reference, my transition to my position in library assessment while remaining involved in collection management and information literacy activities, and my promotion to Professor in 2010.

        Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
        I am dedicated to the overall RUSA mission of integrating ideas from public and private libraries and the cross-fertilization that I have witnessed through my committee work with CODES.  I work to convince other librarians of this important collaboration so they too will become involved in a myriad of interest groups.

        Member of ALA since: 1977

Member-At-Large: (Three year term) 

      1. William Kelly
        Adult Services Manager, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma OH

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        Type of Library:  PublicPrevious Positions:
        Branch Manager, Cuyahoga County Public Library 2010-2015
        Adult Services Supervisor, Cuyahoga County Public Library, 2003-2011
        Public Services Assistant, Cuyahoga County Public Library, 1995-2003Degrees and Certificates:
        Kent State University, MLIS, 2002; Baldwin Wallace College, BA Literature & Philosophy, 1991.Division Affiliation(s) PLA, RUSAALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:
        ALA Notable Books Council (Chair)- 2010-2014 Readers’ Advisory Research & Trends Committee – 2014-present Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction – 2015Offices held in state/regional library associations, and other associations:
        Ohio Library Council, Organizer, Widen the Lens ConferenceHonors and Awards:
        PLA – Allie Beth Martin Award – 2013 OLC – Diana Vescelius Memorial Award – 2003Major Accomplishments:
        Founding member and Chair of Cuyahoga County Public Library’s Reconnect with Reading Committee, which develops and oversees all readers’ advisory services for CCPL.

        Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
        I am committed to fostering a love of learning and continual self-improvement. I am dedicated to sharing my enthusiasm for learning and reading with the general public. I would love to serve in any capacity that will help our customers reach full potential. Whether it is to inspire one to excel at school, to learn a new language, to discover a new career, or just to satisfy that insatiable curiosity and follow that desire for lifelong learning wherever it might lead, we should inspire. We do so by making available the resources, tools, staff, and the space that make all of the above and much more possible. We stand as the embodiment of limitless human potential. To ensure that one’s reach always exceed one’s grasp.

        Member of ALA since: 2010

      1. Andrea Copeland
        Assistant Professor, Indiana University at Indianapolis, Indianapolis IN

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        Type of Library: Department of Library and Information SciencePrevious Positions:
        Deputy Project Manager, ZIA at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Library, 2003-2005
        Access Services Librarian, Hunter College Library, City University of New York, 1999-2003
        Adult Services Librarian, The New York Public Library, 1994-1999Degrees and Certificates:
        Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, Ph.D. Information Studies2009;Hunter College, New York, NY M.A. Geography2002;Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, M.S. Library Science1994;University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, B.A. English 1992Division Affiliation(s): PLA, RUSATo which Round Tables do you belong? Library Research (LRRT)ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:
        RUSA CODES, Collection Development Education Committee, Member, Co-Chair, 2011-2015;Library Research Round Table (LRRT),Nominating Committee, Chair2008-2009;RUSA CODES, Notable Books Council, Member & Chair 2001-2004;RUSA MARS Best of the Web Committee, Member 1998-2004;RUSA MARS Elected Member-at-large, Executive Committee 1998-2001;RUSA MARS Public Libraries Committee, Member & Chair 1995-1998;RUSA Access to Information Committee, Member 1995-1997Offices held in state/regional library associations, and other associations:
        Library Quarterly, University of Chicago Press Editorial Board, 2011-present; Collection Building, Emerald Reviewer; Editorial Board 2010-presentHonors and Awards:
        2014, Trustees Teaching Award, IUPUI Office of Academic Affairs; 2013, Trustees Teaching Award, IUPUI Office of Academic Affairs; Outstanding Reviewer 2013, for Collection Building, Emerald Literati Networks Awards for Excellence; Hedlund, O. & Copeland, A. (2013). Collection Management and the Budget Crunch: Are We Adequately Preparing Library Students for Current Practices? Collection Building, 32(4), 128-132 . [Highly Commended Paper 2013, Emerald Literati Award].

        Major Accomplishments:
        Andrea Copeland is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Library and Information Science in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University in Indianapolis. For the past decade, she has researched public libraries and their relationship with communities. Her current research projects focus on connecting the collections of individuals and community groups to a sustainable preservation infrastructure. In particular, the potential for public libraries to develop the theoretical, technical and practical framework necessary to create such an infrastructure in support of preserving digital representations of community-based heritage. She has been a member of ALA for over 20 years and has served on several RUSA committees including the Notable Books Council and most recently the CODES Collection Development Education Committee. As a librarian, she worked for The New York Public Library, Hunter College Library of the City University of New York, and the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Library.

        Copeland, A. (2015). Public Library: A place for the digital community archive. Preservation, Digital Technology & Culture, 44(1), 12-21.
        Lipinski, T. & Copeland, A. (2013). Look before you License: The Use of Public Sharing Websites in building Patron Initiated Public Library Repositories. Preservation, Digital Technology & Culture, 42(4), 174-198.
        Copeland, A. & Barreau, D. (2011). Helping people to manage and share their digital information: A role for public libraries. Library Trends, 59(4), 637-649.

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        Andrea Copeland

        Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
        In my capacity as CODES Member-at-Large, I would foremost facilitate communication between the executive committee and the other committees within the section. Further, I would contribute to the dialog on issues related to collection development and management, such as, privacy and security, education and outreach, rights and licensing, open access and open source, evaluation and assessment, and library as publisher or co-producer. Librarians who work with collections are faced with new challenges and opportunities as organizational emphasis continues to evolve from collections to community engagement through services and library as place. Other areas for continued professional exploration include preservation and long term access to digital acquisitions, bridging the digital divide, and meeting diverse user expectations. In the position of member-at-large, I would work towards a greater shared understanding of these issues.

        Member of ALA since: 1993

      1. Issac (Ike) Pulver
        Director, Saratoga Springs Public Library, Saratoga Springs NY

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        Type of Library:  PublicPrevious Positions:
        Deputy Director, Shaker Heights, OH, Public Library 2004-2008
        Head of Foreign Literature, Cleveland Public Library, 2000-2004
        Specialist, Grand Rapids, MI, Public Library, 1998-2000Degrees and Certificates:
        Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University, Leadership Academy, Certificate, 2003; Wayne State University, MSLS, 1992; Kalamazoo College, BA French, 1988.Division Affiliation(s): LLAMA, PLA, RUSATo which Round Tables do you belong?
        Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange RT (EMIERT)ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:
        ALA Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, Judge, 2012, 2015RUSA/Codes Notable Books Council, Chair 2010-11; Member 1999-2002; 2007-2011.PLA Charlie Robinson Award Juror; 2009-2011EMIE Bulletin Book Review Editor; 2000-2004Offices held in state/regional library associations, and other associations:
        New York Library Association, Local Arrangements Chair, 2010Honors and Awards:
        Beta Phi Mu International Library Science Honor Society

        Major Accomplishments:
        A frequent speaker on topics related to readers advisory and serving linguistic minorities, I have presented for national, state, and local professional organizations, including ALA, PLA, the Ohio Library Council, and the New York Library Association. As a library director, I’m proud to have led the redesign of our services and spaces and accomplished a 40% increase in circulation and increases in other measures sufficient to be named a “Star Library” by Library Journal, while twice having been named a “Best Place to Work” in the New York capital region.

        Author: “Eastern Literary Traditions: Chinese and Indian Fiction” Library Journal, 138.6 (Apr. 1, 2013)
        Author: “Travel: The London Olympics and Beyond” Library Journal, 137.4 (Mar. 1, 2012).
        Author: “World Language Collections: Mining Demographic Data.” Chapter in “From Outreach to Equity: Innovative Models of Library Policy and Practice,” Robin Osborne, ed., ALA Editions, 2004.

        Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
        In more than two decades of library work, I’ve repeatedly seen our profession become obsessed with the package rather than its contents; and watched as we let the trade and craft of librarianship be driven by technology, instead of harnessing technology as a tool to help serve our users. As we increasingly embrace the “participatory library” model of service, with its focus on event planning, programming, and responding to the maker movement, I am concerned that we not lose the centrality of the written word to our profession. Neither a luddite nor a traditionalist, I am concerned with how, in a digital era, we balance our need and desire to create meaningful experiences for our users with our responsibility to select, disseminate, and preserve our written heritage.

        Member of ALA since: 1992


Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: (One year term) 

      1. Beth Boatright
        Information Services and Instruction Librarian and Coordinator for Emerging Technologies, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne IN

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        Type of Library: Academic Previous Positions:
        Graduate Reference Librarian, Louisiana College, 2010-2011Reference Assistant,Indiana University, 2007-2009Degrees and Certificates:
        Indiana University, M.L.S., Digital Library Specialization, 2009.Houghton College, B.A. English and Music, 2006.Division Affiliation(s): RUSATo which Round Tables do you belong? New Members Round Table (NMRT)ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities
        RUSA Professional Development Committee, 2015-2016

        RUSA Conference Program Coordinating Committee, 2014-2015

        RUSA/ETS Professional Development Committee, 2015-2016, Chair

        RUSA/ETS Planning Committee, 2015-2016

        RUSA/ETS Chair’s Program Planning Committee, 2014-2015, Chair

        RUSA/MARS Hot Topics in Reference Planning Committee, 2012-2015, Chair

        RUSA/MARS Virtual Reference Discussion Planning Committee, 2012-2013

        RUSA/MARS Chair’s Program Planning Committee, 2010-2011

        NMRT Nominating Committee, 2012-2014, Chair

        NMRT/LLAMA Joint Committee on Cooperation, 2013-2014

        NMRT President’s Program Planning Committee, 2011-2012, Chair

        Honors and Awards
        2015 ALA Emerging Leader, sponsored by RUSA

        Major Accomplishments
        I believe in “high-tech, high-touch” librarianship that utilizes innovative technology without sacrificing the personal qualities of excellent service. I think our professional development should have these characteristics, too. To that end, major accomplishments in my career include:


        • Learning about the needs of librarians who offer publishing services and making recommendations about how RUSA could meet those needs during my tenure as an Emerging Leader.


        • Developing the RUSA/ETS Hot Topics program into a session that is known for providing useful information and hands-on experience with cutting-edge technologies. The robots and drones program at ALA 2015 was particularly fun!


        • Actively facilitating the exchange of ideas and expertise among tech-minded librarians. Our professional community has made innumerable positive contributions to my library and I’m proud to have helped creative, innovative librarians learn and share tech-related expertise through programming at ALA.


        Boatright, Beth. 2015. “Leading the Library (When You’re Not in Charge)”. College and Undergraduate Libraries, 22, no. 3/4.

        Boatright, B. Boyce, C., Espinosa, S., Kent, A., Marrall, R. 2015. “Library as Publisher: A New Initiative for RUSA?” Report and poster presented at the ALA Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.

        DeArmond, A, Oster, A., Overhauser (Boatright) B., Palos, M., Powell, S., Sago, K., and Schelling, L. 2009. “Preparing Science Librarians for Success.” Issues In Science And Technology Librarianship, no. 59.

        Links to further information:
        This is an exciting time in librarianship. New media, new services, and new technologies are working their way into the fabric of our profession. Instead of “machine-assisted reference,” we’re thinking more holistically: How can we utilize new technologies to improve every aspect of public services in our libraries?

        Learn more about me and my vision for ETS on my website:

        Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
        I joined ALA in 2009 and have since led committees about programs, professional development, and planning for the future of our organization. My home within ALA is RUSA; my tribe is ETS – librarians who want to learn, lead, and continuously improve the way we use technology in public services.

        This is a pivotal time for ETS as we work to leverage technology, information, and relationships in support of our members’ needs. The planning committee is currently revising our handbook, committee structure, and vision. As vice-chair and chair, my goals include:

        • Developing new and existing opportunities for our membership to share technological and service-related innovations both in person and online


        • Establishing a consistent way ETS leadership to learn about and respond to the wants and needs of our membership


        • Finalizing a new handbook that includes clear outcomes and sustainable processes for every elected leader, committee, and/or interest group


        Member of ALA since: 2009

      1. Nancy A. Cunningham
        Director of Academic Services 2008-current, University of South Florida, Tampa FL

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        Type of Library:  AcademicPrevious Positions:
        Assistant Director of Reference/Instruction, University of South Florida, 2005-2008Reference Coordinator, Sonoma State University, 2002-2004Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, Associate Director for Public Services, 1998-2002Degrees and Certificates:St. Mary’s University, San Antonio Texas, M.B.A, 1997; University of California, Berkeley, M.L.I.S. 1986;  San Francisco State University,
        B.A. Spanish Language and Literature, 1983Division Affiliation(s): RUSAHonors and Awards
        RUSA MARS My Favorite Martian Award 2013

        Major Accomplishments
        I have been a member of RUSA MARS (now ETS) since 2005 when I assumed the position of Assistant Director of Reference and Instruction at the University of South Florida.  In 2008 I was promoted to the positon of Director of Academic Services.  I was honored by my colleagues in RUSA MARS two years ago when I received the “My Favorite Martian” award for service to the section. At the USF Tampa Library, I have overseen the development of a Learning Commons at the USF Tampa Library, the re-envisioning of reference services and the creation of a one-desk model in 2013 to include the introduction of a new group of highly trained undergraduates as peer-reference assistants.   In addition, I received a grant for the development of a new library service center, the Digital Media Commons in 2014.   This new center lends digital equipment to students, teaches digital literacy skills, and plays an important role in the transformation of curriculum to include student digital projects.

        Cunningham, N. A. (2011). Academic libraries moving ahead with student tech fees. Florida Libraries, 54(1), 4-7.

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        Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
        The ETS section has just experienced a name change from Machine Assisted Reference Service (MARS) to Emerging Technologies Section (ETS).  The structure of the section and information about it on the website needs to be revised to reflect the new aspirations of the section to expand membership and engage in new initiatives.  For example, there is no longer a need for a print handbook and much of the information of the current handbook is either unnecessary or needs to be updated.  It is my hope to oversee a streamlining of the structure of the section with clear definitions of the roles of each committee and its members.

        Member of ALA since: 2002

Secretary: (Two year term) 

      1. Geoffrey Morse
        Coordinator of Humanities and Social Sciences, Northwestern University Library, Evanston IL

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        Type of Library: AcademicPrevious Positions:Reference and Instruction Librarian, Northwestern University, 2005 – 2012Reference and Instruction Librarian, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 2004-2005Reference and Instruction Librarian, University of Wisconsin-Superior, 2002-2004Degrees and Certificates:University of Wisconsin-Madison, MLIS, 2002; Hampshire College, BA History, 1994.Division Affiliation(s): ACRL, ALCTS, RUSA

        To which Round Tables do you belong? Library History (LHRT)

        ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:

        Member, ACRL EBSS Reference Sources and Services Committee, 2005-2007

        Chair, ACRL EBSS Reference Sources and Services Committee, 2007-2009

        Member, RUSA CODES/STARS Cooperative Collection Development committee, 2006-2010

        Member, RUSA MARS Local Systems and Services, 2011-2013

        Co-chair, RUSA MARS Local Systems and Services, 2013-2014

        Chair, RUSA ETS Local Systems and Services, 2014-present

        Member, RUSA ETS Products and Services Committee, 2014-present

        Offices held in state/regional library associations, and other associations:
        Member of Illinois Library Association Best Practices Committee, 2007-2008

        Member, Illinois Library Association, Conference Planning Committee, 2008

        Honors and Awards
        New York Library Association Dewey fellow winner, 1998

        Stigberg, S, Guittar, M, & Morse, G: “Capturing Qualitative Data: Northwestern University Special Libraries’ Acknowledgments Database,” Portal: Libraries & The Academy, Volume 15, Number 4, 2015.
        Andrews, Monique, Adis Beesting, Marija Freeland, Wendy Mann, Geoff Morse, and Pam Were: “Statistical sources: Online resources for education and social science librarians,” College & Research Libraries News, Volume 71, Number 1, 2010.

        Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
        Communication between the executive committee and the membership body of the Emerging Technology Section (ETS) is crucial for the effective functioning of the ETS. As Secretary I will work to ensure that all Executive Committee meeting minutes are up to date and I will work with appropriate committees and committee members to ensure that documentation and a written record of ETS activities continues to be available.

        Member of ALA since: 2001

Member-At-Large: ( Three year term) 

      1. Jessica R Cerny
        Librarian, Eastern Florida State College, Melbourne FL

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        Type of Library: AcademicPrevious Positions:
        Head Librarian, Miller-Motte College 5/2013-12/2015Library Assistant Branch Manager, Chesterfield County Public Libraries, 01/2011-04/2013Degrees and Certificates:
        North Carolina Central University, MLS, 2010; East Carolina University, MLS, 2008; University of Phoenix, MBA, 2005; University of North Carolina at Pembroke, BA Political Science/Pre-Law, 2002; Fayetteville Technical Community College, AA History, 2000; Virginia Public Librarian Certification, Library of Virginia, 2010; North Carolina Public Librarian Certification, State Library of North Carolina, 2009.Division Affiliation(s): ACRL, LITA, RUSATo which Round Tables do you belong? Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT)ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:
        RUSA MARS Professional Development Committee, Member, 2014-2016; RUSA MARS Virtual Reference Discussion Group, Chair 2014-2016; RUSA MARS Best Free Websites Committee, Member, 2014-2016; RUSA Standards & Guideline, RUSA ETS Representative – Member, 2015-2017; Virginia Library Association, Member, 2011-2013; Virtual World Advisory Council, Special Libraries Association, Member, 2011-2013.Major Accomplishments:
        Presentations: Cerny, J., & Reiman-Sendi, K. (2015, June 28). Now You’re Talking: Tools to Utilize for Virtual Services. Presentation given at 2015 American Library Association Annual Conference; Cerny, J., & Torrence, M. (2015, January 31). Talking Chat: The Good, the Bad, and the “What Were We Thinking?”!. Presentation given at 2015 American Library Association Mid-Winter Conference; Cerny, J., & Holcomb, J. (2012, October 25). Cracking the Code: Using QR Codes to Engage Teens at Your Library. Presentation given at 2012 Virginia Library Association Annual Conference.

        Cerny, J., & Holcomb, J.: “Using a QR Code Scavenger Hunt (iHunt) to Promote Library Services to Teens,” Virginia Libraries, Volume 58, Number 1, 2012.

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        Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
        If elected, I will strive to include and reach out to librarians that are not from traditional intuitions such as public and non-profit academic libraries. I would like to reach out to current and potential ALA members that are working in these type of librarian positions and speak with them about their concerns and needs as library professionals. How can the American Library Association serve you better in continuing your professional career? Conversations will entail a discussion on how their unique voice can benefit the library profession and the communities they serve. By each librarian coming together and feeling they are part of an organization that represents them, the American Library Association can grow and stay relevant in the always evolving library profession.

        Member of ALA since: 2010

      • Shannon Jones
        Director of Libraries & Associate Professor, Medical University of South Carolina Library, Charleston SC

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        Type of Library: Academic Health Sciences LibraryPrevious Positions: Assistant Director for Program Development and Resource Integration, Medical University of South Carolina, CharlestonAssociate Director, Research and Education, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, VCU Libraries, RichmondHead, Outreach Service, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, VCU Libraries, RichmondDegrees and Certificates: MLS, MIS, M.EdDivision Affiliation(s): RUSA, ACRLTo which Ethnic Affiliates do you belong?  BCALA

        Were/are you a Spectrum Scholar? Yes

        ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:

        • Association of Colleges and Research Libraries, 2010
          • Health Sciences Librarians Interest Group, 2011
            • Liaison to the Medical Library Association (MLA), 2011
            • Member, Web-based Programming Committee, 2011


        • Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA)
          • Chair, BCALA Health Information Project Committee, 2014 –
        • Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT)
          • Member, Adult Learners Committee, 2008 – 2012


        • Office for Diversity (OFD)
          • Chair, Spectrum Scholars Interest Group, 2004 – 2006
          • Member, Spectrum Scholars Leadership Institute Planning Team, 2005 -2007
          • Member, Spectrum Advisory Committee
            • Liaison to ALA Recruitment Assembly


        • Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS)
          • Committee intern, Committee on Literacy, 2001 – 2004


        • Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)
          • Co-chair, RUSA Learning Opportunities & Knowledge Coordination Task Force, 2013
          • MARS Representative, RUSA Organization and Planning Committee, 2008 -2010
          • Membership Committee, MARS representative, 2012-
          • President’s Program Planning Committee, 2010
          • Machine-Assisted Reference Section (MARS)
            • Member, 2012 Chair’s Program Committee
            • Member, Achievement Recognition Certificate Committee, 2009 – 2012
              • Chair, 2011- 2012
            • Committee intern, Outreach Committee, 2002-2003
              • Chair, 2004 – 2006
              • Chair, 2012 –
            • Member-at-Large, 2009 – 2012 (Elected)
            • Web Coordinator, 2004 – 2011


        Offices held in state/regional library associations, and other associations:


        • Medical Library Association (MLA), 2003-
          • New Members Column, MLA News, 2006-2008
            • Co-editor with Tamika Oubichon
          • African American Medical Librarians Alliance (AAMLA)
            • Web coordinator, 2006-
            • Co-convener with Charniel McDaniels, 2008
            • Co-convener with Charniel McDaniels 2015
          • New Members Special Interest Group, 2004
            • Web coordinator
            • Co-convener with Amy Donahue and Beth McGowan
          • Libraries in the Curriculum Special Interest Group, 2008
            • Co-convener with Donna O’Malley, 2009-2011
          • Member, Emerging MLA Leaders Task Force, 2009 – 2013
          • Member, Scholarship for Minority Students Jury, 2014


        • Mid-Atlantic Chapter (MAC), Medical Library Association, 2004-
          • Member, Program Committee, 2004
          • Member, Membership and Recruitment Committee, 2006-2012
            • Chair, Membership and Recruitment Committee, 2006-2009
          • Member, Local Arrangements Committee, 2008
            • Co-chair, Printing Committee
          • Member, Annual Meeting Committee, 2009
            • Member, Exhibits Committee
          • Co-chair, Annual Meeting Committee, 2011


        • Southern Chapter, Medical Library Association, 2014-
          • Member, Membership Committee, 2014-


        Honors and Awards

        • Scholar, Medical University of South Carolina Presidential Scholars Program, 2014-2017
        • Fellow, NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, 2011 – 2012
        • Fellow, Leadership and Career Development Program, Association of Research Libraries, 2007-2008. Medical Library Association scholarship recipient
        • Marguerite Abel Service Recognition Award recipient, Mid-Atlantic Chapter/MLA, 2005
        • Participant, Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians from Traditionally Underrepresented Groups, 2004
        • 2nd-year NLM Associate Fellow, 2003 – 2004
        • NLM Associate Fellow, 2002 – 2003
        • Intern, Leadership Development Program for ALA Committee Interns, 2001 – 2004
        • Scholar, ALA Spectrum Initiative Leadership Institute. June 11-14, 2002.
        • Participant, ALA Student-to-Staff program. Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS). ALA Annual Conference. June 14-18, 2002
        • Scholar, ALA Spectrum Initiative, 2001



        Brady, K., Brown, R., Johnson, E., Jones, S., Henderson, M., Ladd, D., McDaniel, J. (2012). Profiles in science for science librarians: John Bennett Fenn. Science & Technology Libraries, 31(1), 46-63. doi:10.1080/0194262X.2012.648085

        Jones, Shannon. LCDP Career Coach: A winning relationship. ARL Synergy, October 2007

        Jones, Shannon. Bring Out the Leader in You! New Members Column, MLA News, no. 394. March 2007

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        Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected: Serving as a member/volunteer in ETS has enriched my experience as a librarian by providing me access to professional resources and amazing librarians. Librarians in the ETS have been incredibly supportive in helping me to grow professionally specifically in helping me to gain skills in leadership, program planning and library advocacy. It would be an honor to serve ETS as Member-at-Large. If elected, I plan to focus my efforts on working with the officers and committee chairs to advance the work of ETS to attain the highest possible quality in planning, developing, managing, teaching, or conducting all forms of computer-based reference information services in libraries.

        Member of ALA since: 2001

      • Lily Todorinova
        Undergraduate Experience Librarian, Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ

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        Type of Library: AcademicPrevious Position:
        Academic Services Librarian, University of South Florida, 2011-2014Degrees and Certificates:
        University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, MLS, 2010Indiana University-Purdue, BA (Political Science), 2008ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities
        ALA RUSA MERS Chair, June 2014-2017ALA RUSA MERS Co-Chair, June 2011-June 2014Honors and Awards
        Carolina Academic Library Associate, 2008-2010

        Major Accomplishments
        Instructor for LIS2005: Library & Internet Research Skills (3 cr) at the University of South Florida, Fall 2012, Fall 2013

        Todorinova, L. (2014). Wikipedia and undergraduate research trajectories. New Library World 116 (3/4): 201-212.

        Todorinova, L. l., & Torrence, M. (2014). Implementing and Assessing Library Reference Training Programs. Reference Librarian, 55 (1), 37-48.

        Todorinova, L, et al. (2011). Making decisions: Using electronic data collection to re-envision reference services at the USF Tampa Libraries. Public Services Quarterly 7 (1): 34-48.

        Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
        As an Undergraduate Experience Librarian, I am guided by a commitment to student success and the library’s role in supporting undergraduate education. I am fascinated by the process through which novice researchers find their voice in the scholarly conversation. I am also very aware of the difficulty some students have in being able to navigate and use scholarly resources. In my work as a librarian, I have combined an interest in emerging technologies with my focus on the first-year experience, because I believe that the systems we use are crucial to how we connect with students. As a prospective Member-at-Large, I look forward to contributing my perspective and understanding of the user experience to the work of ALA RUSA ETS.

        Member of ALA since: 2011



Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: (One year term) 

      1. Chellammal Vaidyanathan
        Liaison Librarian for History, Anthropology, Africana Studies, Latin American Studies and Islamic Studies & Curator of 19th–21st Century Rare Books and Manuscripts, The Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD

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         Type of Library:  AcademicPrevious Position:
        History, Political Science and Government Documents Librarian, University of Miami Libraries, Feb. 2007-April 2010Degrees and Certificates:
        College of Information Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, Master of Library Science; 2006;Department of History, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, Completed All Graduate Coursework in the Ph.D. program in History (Fields of Specialization: Modern Europe, Modern US and Modern South Asia); 2002–2005; Department of Historical Studies, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL; Master of Arts in European History, 2002; Department of History, Meenakshi College for Women, Chennai, India, Master of Philosophy in History; 1999Department of History, Meenakshi College for Women, Chennai, India, Master of Arts in History (Major Field: Modern India/South Asia; Minor Field: East Asia) 1998;Department of History, Meenakshi College for Women, Chennai, India, Bachelor of Arts in History,1995.Division Affiliation(s): ACRL, RUSAWere/are you an Emerging Leader?  YesALA and/or ALA-APA Activities
        Co-Chair; Social Sciences and History Discussion Group; Western European Studies Section (WESS), ACRL; 2015-2016Chair; History Librarians Discussion Group (RUSA HS); 2013-2015Member-at-Large; Executive Committee (RUSA HS); 2014-2017Member; RUSA HS/Gale Cengage Learning History Research & Innovation Award Committee (RUSA HS); 2014-2017Member; Nominating Committee (RUSA HS); 2014-2017Member; History Instruction and Research Services Committee (RUSA HS); 2013-present Co-Chair; LibGuide Subcommittee (RUSA HS); 2013-2014Member; Advisory Board of H-HistBibl, H-Net; April 2013-presentEditor-at-Large; dh+lib – ACRL Digital Humanities Discussion Group; February 2013-presentCo-Chair; Diversity Committee, Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS); 2012-2014Secretary; Executive Committee; Asian, African and Middle Eastern Section (AAMES); 2011-2013Member; Diversity Committee; Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS); (2011-2013)Member; Conference Program Planning Committee–Anaheim; Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS); (2010-2012)Member; Membership Committee; Western European Studies Section (WESS); 2010 – 2013Chair; Social Sciences and History Discussion Group; Western European Studies Section (WESS); ACRL (2010-2011)

        Honors and Awards
        Selected as a Fellow to participate in the 2013–2014 Leadership and Career Development Program (LCDP), Research Project: The Roles of Humanities Librarians in Digital Humanities Awarded the American Library Association, ACRL/AAMES Special Recognition Award for distinguished service as Secretary, Co-Chair of the AAMES Publications Committee (2011-2012), and Web Administrator, Anaheim, CA, June 2012Awarded the American Library Association, ACRL/AAMES Special Recognition Award for distinguished service as Co-Chair of the AAMES Publications Committee (2009-2011), New Orleans, LA, June 2011Selected for the 2009 Emerging Leaders Program Award: American Library Association (ALA), Sponsored by the Government Documents Round Table (GODORT), September 2008

        Vaidyanathan, Chellammal. “History, Religion and Philosophy Librarianship.” In Mastering Subject Specialties: Practical Advice from the Field, ed. Karen Sobel. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.(Forthcoming in 2016)
        Vaidyanathan, Chella. “Three Steps for Humanities Subject Librarians Interested in DH.” Make It New? A dh+lib Mini-Series (E-Book), June 2013.
        Vaidyanathan, Chella. Selected Bibliography of US Government and International Documents on Latin America and the Caribbean, Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) Occasional Papers, July 2009.

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        Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
        As Vice-Chair/ Chair-Elect, I will work to ensure that RUSA History Section’s efforts focus on important matters, such as creating more professional development and networking opportunities as well as building strong partnerships between RUSA History and other ALA/ ACRL Sections. Since 2013, I have been involved in RUSA History and it has been a rewarding experience. Particularly, I look forward to working with my dedicated colleagues for addressing issues related to reference/ research services, collection development, data curation, digital humanities, and integration of information literacy in curriculum. Forging partnerships with Western European Studies Section, Collection Development and Evaluation Section, Digital Humanities Interest Group, etc. will create new opportunities for sharing expertise in these areas. Moreover, with the changing roles of history librarians, I believe that we need to foster an ambience that will encourage us to engage in peer-to-peer mentoring opportunities to deal effectively with challenges.

        Member of ALA since: 2006

Member-At-Large: (Three year term) 

      1. Bobby L. Smiley
        Digital Scholarship, American History, and Canadian Studies Librarian, Michigan State University Libraries, East Lansing MI

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         Type of Library:  AcademicPrevious Positions:
        Reference and Digital Projects Intern, Burke Library, Columbia University Libraries, 9/12-5/13Degrees and Certificates:
        M.S., Library and Information Science, Pratt Institute (2013);
        M.A. in Religion, Yale University (2010);
        B.A. in Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1998)Division Affiliation(s): ACRL, RUSATo which Round Tables do you belong? Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT)ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities
        RUSA History Section, Instruction and Research Services Committee (Co-Chair, IRS Communications Task Force), July 2014 – Present

        Offices held in state/regional library associations, and other associations
        Outreach/Liaison Interest Group, Collection Analysis and Assessment Interest Group, Coordinator, Michigan Academic Libraries Association (MI-ALA), July 2015 – Present;
        Collection Section, Chair-Elect, Michigan Academic Libraries Association (MI-ALA), June 2015 – Present

        Honors and Awards
        2015 Bursary Award, Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO), July 2015;
        Lilly Teaching Fellow, Michigan State University, April 2015 – April 2016;
        Best Chat Transcript Award, Research Help Now, April 2014;

        Major Accomplishments
        Helped to initiate and expand Michigan State University Libraries’ Digital Humanities unit’s campus presence, including introducing and teaching workshops, organizing symposia, building humanities data, and integrating library digital humanities work into existing and new curricula;
        Key personnel on a Mellon-funded digital grant project (“Religious Soundmap of the Midwest”);
        Active involvement in university and regional association committees;
        Recipient of competitive university-level faculty development teaching fellowship;
        Presenter at an international conference–presentation on library-led digital humanities pedagogy;
        Co-organizer of a grant funded symposium on on library-led digital humanities pedagogy;

        “Digital Humanities in Libraries” (with Michael Rodriguez), Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences, Michael Levine-Clark, John MacDonald (eds.), (New York: Taylor & Francis, under contract).
        Review of Ian Gregory and Alistair Geddes (eds.), Toward Spatial Humanities: Historical GIS and Spatial History, Information & Culture: A Journal of History, August 2015.
        “Proposed model of information behaviour in crisis: the case of Hurricane Sandy” (with Irene Lopatovska) Information Review 19 (1), paper 610, March 2014.

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        For additional publication titles, presentation slides, and research interests, please visit:

        Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
        As a librarian new to the profession and working in a dynamic (and at times mercurial) new field in academic librarianship (digital humanities), I believe I can bring my keen initiative and perspective as a Member-at-Large for the RUSA History Section. By leveraging my work on digital projects, I’ve attempted to re-imagine my role as an history librarian, collaborating with faculty on novel forms on pedagogy, expanding consultation opportunities, targeting use of library resources more effectively, and enlarging the role of departmental liaison with faculty support. As a Member-at-Large, my goal would be to foster conversations among history librarians around best practices, especially concerning pedagogy, effective liaising, outreach and collection development. Ultimately, in helping to facilitate these conversations, I hope that I can assist my colleagues with their library practice, while learning from and sharing with them.

        Member of ALA since: 2013

      2. Nancy A. Bunker
        Coordinator of Public Services, Whitworth University, Spokane WA

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        Type of Library:  AcademicPrevious Positions:
        Reference Librarian, Spokane County Library District,Spokane, WA 1992-1994
        Local History Specialist, Englewood Public Library, Englewood, CO, 1985-1992.Degrees and Certificates:
        University of Denver, MA Librarianship, 1984.
        Eastern Washington University, MA History, 1999.
        Washington State University, BA Social Studies/Education 1983.Division Affiliation(s): ACRL, RUSAALA and/or ALA-APA Activities
        Member-at-Large RUSA History Section (HS) Executive Board, 2013-2016
        Chair – RUSA History Section (HS) – Instruction and Research Services Committee 2011-2013
        Member RUSA History Section (HS) Executive Committee, 2011-2013
        Member RUSA Reference Services Section (RSS)Executive Board, 2009-2010
        Member RUSA Standards and Guidelines 2015-2017
        Member RUSA History Section/GALE Cengage Learning History Research and Innovation Award Committee 2013-2016
        Member – RUSA History Section (HS) Nominating Committee, 2013-2016
        Executive Board Liaison – RUSA History Section (HS) Communications Committee 2013-2014
        Member RUSA History Section (HS) – Local History Committee 2009-2013
        Member RUSA Reference Services Section (RSS) Discussion Group Coordinating Committee 2010-2012
        Member RUSA History Section (HS) – Instruction and Research Services Committee 009-2011
        Co-Chair RUSA Reference Services Section (RSS) Ethical and Legal Issues in Reference Discussion Group 2009-2010Offices held in state/regional library associations, and other associations
        Vice-Chair Library Council of Washington (Washington State Library 2 years 2013 & 2014)
        Member Library Council of Washington (Washington State Library 6 years 2008-2014) Representing 4 year Academic Libraries in Washington State (Appointed by Washington State Secretary of State)
        Member of Statewide Database Advisory Committee (Washington State Library) 2004-2015
        Member of Washington State Library WebJunction Steering Committee (2009-2010)

        Author: Primary Source Collections in the Pacific Northwest: An Historical Researcher’s Guide Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2005.

        Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
        The field of Librarianship is always evolving and the RUSA sections need to be responsive to the issues faced by librarians, in all types of libraries. The History Section can be an important home for ALA members from public, academic and special libraries from a diversity of backgrounds. We need to continue working to develop common ground and find places where the History Section can serve the needs of all its members. This may involve more webinars, workshops and touring opportunities to appeal to current members and to aid in the recruitment of new RUSA and History Section members.

        Member of ALA since: 2000


Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: (One year term) 

      1. Don Boozer
        General Research Collections Manager, Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland OH

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         Type of Library:  PublicPrevious Positions:
        Part-time Instructor, Kent State University School of Library & Information Science, 2014-present
        Statewide Coordinator, KnowItNow24x7 (Ohio’s virtual reference service), Cleveland Public Library, 2008-2015
        Subject Librarian, Literature Department, Cleveland Public Library, 2004-2008Degrees and Certificates:
        Kent State University, MLS, 1998; Indiana University of Pennsylvania, BA, 1986. Beta Phi Mu, inducted 1999. Ohio Public Librarian Certification: 2001, 2006, 2013.Division Affiliation(s): RUSAALA and/or ALA-APA Activities
        RUSA Conference Program Coordinating Committee: Chair, 2014-15; Member (RSS Representative), 2012-14. RUSA RSS: Executive Committee Member-at-Large, 2013-15; RSS Scheduler, 2012-13. RUSA RSS/MARS Virtual Reference Committee: RSS Co-Chair, 2010-12; Member, 2008-09.Offices held in state/regional library associations, and other associations  
        Ohio Library Council (OLC) member: 1999 to present. OLC Reference and Information Services Division Action Council: Coordinator, 2007, 2010; Assistant Coordinator, 2006, 2009; Past Coordinator: 2008, 2011, 2012. Widen the Lens Conference Planning Team: Member, 2012. Reference and Adult Services Conference Planning Team: Member, 2008. OPLIN Content Advisory Committee, 2014-present. Cleveland Area Metropolitan Library System (CAMLS): North Coast Neighbors Share-A-Book Committee, Web Site Coordinator and Logo Design Team member, 2004-5.

        Honors and Awards

        Major Accomplishments
        Being recruited to teach Information Sources and Reference Services class at Kent State University School of Library and Information Science (KSU SLIS); Collaborating with KSU SLIS professor to provide her students with real-world virtual reference experience while serving as KnowItNow24x7 Coordinator; Creating “Esperanto, Elvish, and Beyond” exhibit on constructed languages ( at Cleveland Public Library; Creating foreign literature and teen services collections at Barberton (OH) Public Library.

        “Plus Ça Change: Instilling Foundational Values Within Evolving Reference Service Pedagogy” (forthcoming). With M. Matteson and C. Boyden. In L. Ellis and N. Sosulski, Teaching Reference Today: New Directions and Approaches. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

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        Slideshare site:

        Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
        While reference services are evolving, the foundations of our profession remain firm: a dedication to equal access to information, a respect for patron privacy, and a commitment to providing authoritative information. Even in the Age of Google, reference librarians are as vital as ever… maybe even more so. Communicating – and demonstrating – that necessity to patrons and administrators alike is crucial. This task falls to both individual librarians working in their institutions as well as to our professional organizations. My hope would be to build on the work of previous RSS chairs and to continue to position the section as a resource to embolden and equip reference librarians in communicating and demonstrating their importance in today’s information environment.

        Member of ALA since: 1997

      2. Rebecca Jackson
        Head, Social Sciences & Humanities Dept. & Circulation & Media Services, Iowa State University Library, Ames IA

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         Type of Library:  AcademicPrevious Positions:
        Instruction Coordinator, Gelman Library, George Washington University, 1991-1998
        Instruction Coordinator, University of Maryland Libraries, 1986-1991
        Instruction Coordinator, Library, University of Evansville, 1984-1986Degrees and Certificates:
        Pennsylvania State University, MA English, 1982; State University of New York at Albany, MLS, 1975; Pennsylvania State University, BA Psychology, 1971.Division Affiliation(s): ACRL, LLAMA, RUSATo which Round Tables do you belong? Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT)ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities
        RUSA Gale Cengage Awards Committee (2013-2015); RUSA Professional Development Committee (2006-2008)(Chair, 2007-2008); RUSA Nominations Committee (2013-2014); RUSA/RSS Management of Reference Services (2013-2015)(Chair, 2014-2015); RUSA/RSS Discussion Forums Coordinating (2010-2014); RUSA/RSS Nominating (Chair, 2013-2014); RUSA/RSS Research & Statistics (2001-2005, 2009-2011); ACRL 2015 Conference Panel Sessions Committee (2014-2015); ACRL Research Coordinating Committee (2010-2012) (Chair, 2012); ACRL Research Programs Committee (2006-2011) (Chair, 2010-2011); ACRL Information Literacy Best Practices Project Team (2003-2005); AASL/ACRL Task Force on the Educational Role of Libraries (1998-2000); ACRL/IS Planning Committee (2007-2009)(Chair, 2008-2009); ACRL/IS Discussion Group Steering Committee (Co-Chair, 2005-2007); ACRL/IS The Future of the IS Task Force (2003-2004); ACRL/IS Planning Committee (2001-2003)(Chair, 2002-2003); ACRL/IS Think Tank III Task Force (1997-2000); ACRL/IS Executive Committee Member-at-Large (1996-1999); ACRL/IS Program Planning 1996 (Co-Chair, 1994-1996); ACRL/IS Management of BI Services (1991-1995)(Chair 1999-2001); ACRL/IS Computer Concerns Committee (1987-1991); LIRT Elections/Nominations (1995-1998) (Chair, 1996-1998); LIRT Research Committee (1995-1998); LIRT Long Range Planning (1991-1995)(Chair, 1993-1995); LIRT Continuing Education (1987-1991)(Co-Chair 1988-1989); YALSA Outstanding Books for the College Bound (2013-2015); AASL/ACRL Task Force on the Educational Role of Libraries (1998-2000)

        Honors and Awards
        Iowa State University Library Student Computer Fee Allocation Committee.  New equipment (hardware and software) for the Learning Connections Center.  Rebecca Jackson, Principal Investigator, 2011.  $24,519.00; Iowa State University Library Student Computer Fee Allocation Committee.  Computer equipment additions for both the public area in Reference and laptops for instruction.  Rebecca Jackson and Lorrie Pellack, Principal Investigators, 1999.  $23,075.99.  ; Lilly Endowment.  Development and administration of a series of workshops on Dialog searching for faculty members at the University of Evansville, Evansville, IN.  Rebecca Jackson, Principal Investigator, 1985.  $25,000.00.

        Major Accomplishments
        Was responsible for planning and implementation of tiered reference service, with non-librarian staff assisting patrons with basic research queries.  I organized staffing, training, services hours, move of the reference desk, assistance in getting librarian “buy-in,” developing procedures, and publicity.  As a result of the changes, became the supervisor for Circulation and Media Services; With another library colleague, planned and implemented a library-wide staff development program modeled on the popular “23 Things” programs used by many public libraries. We requested, and received, permission for staff to use their work time to participate, selected and organized the training modules and started a blog for training and reflection.  Very successful! ; Have served on many ALA division and section committees giving me experience in planning programs and conferences, creating planning processes for the organization, creating guidelines for practical applications in libraries, planning the future directions of an organization, reaching out to members to run for ALA division/section offices, and even selecting YA books for a well-known book list for college-bound students.

        Jackson, Rebecca. Mobile academic libraries: a snapshot.” Reference & User Services Quarterly, Volume 52, Number 3, 2013.
        Jackson, Rebecca, and Lorrie Pellack. “Internet subject guides in academic libraries: an analysis of contents, practices and opinions.” Reference & User Services Quarterly, Volume 43, Number 4, 2004.
        Jackson, Rebecca. “Cognitive development: the missing link in teaching information literacy.” Reference & User Services Quarterly, Volume 46, Number 4, 2007.

        Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
        RSS has many challenges and opportunities ahead.  Its leaders must ensure that its website is continually updated with timely resources, and that its historical record maintained by fully documenting its past, including committee minutes and other materials.  In terms of the section’s vitality, although the standard model of reference may be evolving, the importance of reference and user services and knowledgeable staff is only growing in the increasingly complex world of information organization and retrieval.  RSS has an opportunity to become more vital than ever, across all types of libraries organizing and carrying out strategic work that will make a real difference to our membership, in the process attracting new members.  Relevant programs and discussion groups are a good start, but there are so many other paths that RSS can take to extend its outreach and importance.  I would like to help make that happen.

        Member of ALA since: 1984

Secretary: (Two year term) 

      1. Loisann Dowd White
        Head of Research Services, Research Library, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles CA

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         Type of Library: SpecialPrevious Positions:
        Asst. Reference Librarian/ILL Supervisor, then Head of General Reference/Reference Services, Research Library, Getty Research Institute, 1986-2013
        Cataloger, Northeastern University, 1977-1978Degrees and Certificates:
        Oxford University, M.S., European Archaeology, 1985
        Simmons College, M.S., Library Science, 1977
        Mount Holyoke College, A.B., Medieval Studies, 1973Division Affiliation(s): ACRL, RUSAALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:
        RSS Management of Reference Committee, 2012-present
        RSS Catalog Use Committee, 2007-2011Offices held in state/regional library associations, and other associations
        CARL Liaison, 1994-2015
        ARLIS/SC Treasurer, 1998?

        Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
        Since RSS is one of the major organizations for people working in the reference area, it is imperative that news, best practices, study results, conference and meeting proceedings, etc., as discussed at the Board meetings, be made available in a timely and accurate manner. Helping disseminate this information is a priority for the position of Secretary and one I would be honored to undertake.

        Member of ALA since: 1987

      2. Jessica Hagman
        Social Media Coordinator and Subject Librarian for Scripps College, Ohio University Libraries, Athens OH

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        Type of Library:  AcademicPrevious Position:
        Reference and Instruction Librarian, Ohio University Libraries, 2008-2014Degrees and Certificates:
        Ohio University, MA, Organizational Communication, 2015; University of Wisconsin-Madison, MA, 2008, University of Wisconsin-Madison, BA, Sociology & History, 2006Division Affiliation(s): ACRL, RUSATo which Round Tables do you belong? Library Research (LRRT)ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:
        2015-present: Member, ACRL 2017 TechConnect Committee
        2014-present: Member, RSS Teaching at the Point of Need Committee
        2013-2014, Chair, RSS Marketing & Public Relations for Reference Committee
        2010-2013, Member, RSS Marketing & Public Relations for Reference Committee
        2013-2014, Co-convener, ACRL Marketing Discussion Group
        2011-2013, Member, MARS Local Systems and Services Committee
        2010-2011, Member, MARS/RSS Pre-conference Planning Committee

        Major Accomplishments:
        2012-2015: A project to understand the research needs of Ohio University graduate students won the 2013 Academic Library Association of Ohio Research Grant. The results of this project earned a poster prize at the 2014 Library Assessment Conference and research results were presented in a paper at the 2015 ACRL conference in Portland.

        Hagman, J. & Carleton, J. (2014). Better together: Collaborating with students on library social media. Public Services Quarterly, 10(3): 238-244: doi: 10.1080/15228959.2014.931207
        Hagman, J. & Carleton, J. (2014). Finding friends for our first alumna: Connecting patrons with special collections via social media. College & Research Libraries News, 75(1): 14-17.
        the Twitter conversation. Public Services Quarterly, 8(1): 78-85. doi: 10.1080.15228959.2012.650564

        Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
        Since becoming a librarian in 2008, I’ve valued the professional development resources and connection offered by the Reference Services Section. Recording the work of our professional organizations is vital to ensuring that those processes can continue into the future. As Secretary, I would work to ensure that the work of the session continued to be well-documented to ensure access for current and future members of the section.

        Member of ALA since: 2008

Member-At-Large: (Three year term) 

      1. Ava Brillat
        Learning & Research Services Librarian, University of Miami, Coral Gables FL

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         Type of Library:  AcademicPrevious Positions:
        Instructional Design Librarian, Florida International University, 2013-2015
        International Relations Librarian, Florida International University, 2010-2013Degrees and Certificates:
        University of South Florida, MLIS, 2010
        Trinity University, BA, 2003Division Affiliation(s): ACRL, LITA, RUSATo which Round Tables do you belong? Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT), Library Research (LRRT), New Members Round Table (NMRT)ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:
        Member, ACRL IS PRIMO Committee, 2013-2014

        Member, RUSA RSS Research & Statistics Committee, 2011-2012, 2015-2016
        Chair, RUSA RSS Research & Statistics Committee, 2012-2014
        Member, RUSA RSS Virtual Reference Committee, 2015-2017
        Member, RUSA RSS Recognition Committee, 2015-2017

        Member, International Relations Committee, 2012-2014

        Member, GODORT Membership Committee, 2011-2014
        Secretary, IDTF Executive Board, 2012-2013

        Member, TLT Committee, 2011-2012
        Co-chair, TLT Committee, 2012-2013
        Member, Annual Conference Committee, 2014-2015

        Member, Annual Program Committee, 2010-2011
        Co-chair, Annual Program Committee, 2011-2012

        Offices held in state/regional library associations, and other associations:
        Florida Library Association:
        Member, Scholarship Committee, 2011- present
        Member, Academic Instruction & IL Member Group, 2014- present

        Major Accomplishments:
        All of my major accomplishments have been collaborative efforts.  I have had the opportunity to improve the libraries I’ve worked at through committee work and collaborative projects.

        Dominguez, Hammill, Brillat: “Toward a Usable Academic Library Web Site: A Case Study of Tried and Tested Usability Practices”, Journal of Web Librarianship 9 (2-3), 99-120, 2015.
        Iuliano (Maiden name): “Reaching out to minority librarians: Overcoming diversity challenges through mentorship”. ACRL, 483-490. ( 2013.
        Iuliano (Maiden name): “A whole new world: Using international information sources.” Reference Reviews, 26 (3) (2012): 4-7.
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        Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
        I have had the pleasure of being closely involved in RUSA RSS for most of my short career.  I know there are concerns about communication between the RSS committees and the RSS executive board.  Additionally, I’ve heard of issues with accurate representation of RSS at RUSA meetings.  I hope to enable communication and to increase our visibility to the rest of RUSA by sharing our accomplishments with RUSA and voicing the concerns of individual RSS committees to the Executive Board.  I believe that through awareness and advocacy, we can strengthen our position.  Additionally, I want to increase benefits of RSS membership for those who cannot attend conferences in-person through increased online learning opportunities.  RSS needs to remain relevant and accessible to all members and I hope to encourage change that will keep RSS evolving to meet the needs of reference librarians and staff everywhere.

        Member of ALA since: 2009

      1. Colleen Seale
        Reference Librarian, Email Reference Coordinator, Collection Manager H&SS Reference Collection and Selector for Women’s, Gender, LGBTQI Studies, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville FL

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         Type of Library:  AcademicPrevious Positions:
        Associate Chair. George A. Smathers Libraries, Humanities and Social Sciences Services Department
        Acting Co-Chair. George A. Smathers Libraries, Humanities and Social Sciences Services Department
        Interim Chair. George A. Smathers Libraries, Humanities and Social Sciences Services DepartmentDegrees and Certificates:
        Michigan State University, MS, Agricultural Economics
        University of Michigan, MLS, Library Science
        Central Michigan University, BA, FrenchDivision Affiliation(s): ACRL, RUSAALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:
        American Library Association
        RUSA Representative to the ALA Education Assembly – July 2005- June 2009
        Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)
        RUSA Professional Development Committee – STARS Representative to Committee, 2004 to 2006, Member, July 2009 – June 2011Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) – Business Reference Sources Committee, Member, 1999-2003; Membership Committee, Member, 2004 to 2006

        ETS – Machine-Assisted Reference Section (MARS) – Nominated for Chair-elect of Section, 2004; Management of Reference Committee, Chair, 1998-99; Committee Member July 1996 – June 1998; Nominating Committee, Member, 2000-2001; Planning Committee, Member 2001-2003, 2004 to 2008, Best Free Reference Websites Committee Member 2008-2009, 2010-2014, Member, MARS Virtual Reference Discussion Planning Committee, 2013-2015

        Management and Operation of User Services Section (MOUSS) – Reference Services in Small and Medium-Sized Research Libraries Discussion Group, Secretary 2001-2002, Chair 2002-2003, Past Chair 2003-2004.
        Reference Services Section (RSS) – Evaluation of Reference and User Services Committee, Member July 2006-2010, Vice Chair 2009-2010, Catalog Use Committee, Member 2010- Chair, 2012-2014, Chair, Communication and Teaching at the Point of Need Committee 2014-2015.

        Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Section (STARS) – Education Committee, Member, 2004 to 2006.

        Freund, LeiLani, Colleen Seale and Chris Poehlmann. “From Metasearching to Discovery: The University of Florida Experience.” in Popp, Mary Pagliero and Diane Dallis, Planning and Implementing Resource Discovery Tool in Academic Libraries. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2012: 22-43.
        Review of Women’s History: Sites & Resources in Feminist Collections: A Quarterly of Women’s Studies Resources, 32(3-4), 2011, pp. 26-27.
        Crump, Michele, Carol Drum and Colleen Seale. “Establishing a Pre-Tenure Review Program in an Academic Library,” Library Administration & Management 22(1), 2008, 31-36.

        Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
        As a frontline reference librarian, I have found a natural home in the Reference Services Section (RSS), a section that continually provides excellent educational opportunities for reference professionals through programs, workshops, and discussion forums. I have had the privilege to serve and lead three RSS committees and have greatly benefited from each experience.  It would be an honor to serve RSS as a member-at-large and if elected, I would continue to be actively involved in supporting this section, its members and activities.

        Member of ALA since: 1982


Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: (One year term) 

      1. Charla M. Gilbert
        Director of Planning and Branch Operations, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA

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         Type of Library:  AcademicPrevious Positions:
        Director of Assessment and Library Access Services, Virginia Tech 2010 – 2014
        Collection Development Specialist, Indiana University, 2004-2010Degrees and Certificates:
        Virginia Tech, Higher Education Administration, Current;
        Indiana University, MLS, 2009;
        Indiana University, BS, 2002.Division Affiliation(s): ACRL, LLAMA, RUSAALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:    
        2014 – 2016    LLAMA/MAES Using Measurement Data for Library Planning, Assessment and Communication, Member;
        2014 – 2016    LLAMA SASS Circulation – Access Services Committee, Member;
        2014 – 2016         New Professionals Section Connection Team, Member;
        2011 – 2013        American Library Association, STARS Research and Statistics, Co-Chair
        Offices held in state/regional library associations, and other associations:
        2014 Access Services Planning Committee, Access Services Conference, Atlanta, GA, Member;
        2011 – 2013 Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) Resources Sharing Committee, Member

        Major Accomplishments:
        I recently began working with several other universities on a new Diversity Alliance steering committee that helped to advance the learning experiences of a cohort of resident librarians recently hired. In addition, I led the Performance Planning Task Force in the library with results that helped to structure and open up communication on performance goals and planning library wide. In addition, I am a recent participant of the Virginia Tech Executive Development Institute, which develops faculty for leadership positions at Virginia Tech.

        Mak, C., Ellingson, M., & Lancaster, C. Does your data deliver for decision making? New directions for resource sharing assessment. (2013). Interlending & Document Supply, 41(4).
        Sewell, B., Gilbert, C. What Makes Access Services Staff Happy? (2015).  Journal of Access Services, (TBD).

        Links to further information: – Search “Charla Lancaster”

        Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
        As always, I want to continue working toward communication and efficiency as well as effectiveness throughout ALA. As I follow in the footsteps of our previous esteemed leaders, I would want to continue to promote their good work and look forward to calling upon all members as leaders to maintain the momentum.  I look forward to working with my colleagues, regardless of my position within the governing structure of ALA.

        Member of ALA since: 2010

      1. Micquel Little
        Director of User Services and Resource Sharing, Claremont Colleges Library/ Claremont University Consortium, Claremont CA

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         Type of Library:  AcademicPrevious Positions:
        Assistant Director of Libraries, Monroe Community College, January 2015 – December 2015
        Access Services Librarian, St. John Fisher College, August 2010 – December 2014Degrees and Certificates:
        St. John Fisher College, MBA, Leadership/General Management, 2015; University of Pittsburgh, MLIS, Academic Libraries, 2010; University of Pittsburgh, BA, English/Writing, 2005Division Affiliation(s): ACRL, RUSAALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:
        RUSA STARS Membership Committee, Chair 2010 – present

        Honors and Awards:
        STARS/Atlas Systems Mentoring Award, 2011; Rethinking Resource Sharing Innovation Award – IDS Project Team, 2013.

        Major Accomplishments:
        Founder/Contributor to resource sharing Online Learning Institute initiative, 2014 to present. Chosen to deliver Response from the Graduates at the Graduate Commencement ceremony when earned MBA, 2015.

        Little, Micquel and Lars Leon. “Assessing the Value of ILL to our Users: a Comparative Study of Three US Libraries.” Interlending & Document Supply, 2015.
        Hockenberry, Benjamin and Micquel Little. “How We Came to Dread Fridays: Developing an Academic Library Assessment Plan Two Hours at a Time.” College and Undergraduate Libraries. 20.3-4, 2013.
        Little, Micquel and Michelle Price. “Recruiting Parents, Retaining Families.” Reference Services Review: Special Retainment Issue. 41 (2), 2013.

        Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
        My statement of professional concern revolves around the changing approach to collections through shared initiatives and resource sharing expansion. The collaborations of libraries depends on the development of their librarians and staff. Engaging people in their own profession and the difference they can make is paramount to the future success of libraries as innovative advocates of information access and resource knowledge.

        Member of ALA since: 2010

Secretary: (Two year term) 

      1. Carol Ann Kochan
        Head of Resource Sharing, Utah State University, Logan UT

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         Type of Library:  AcademicDegrees and Certificates:
        The University of Arizona, MLS 1993.
        The University of Arizona, BA English, 1987.Division Affiliation(s): ACRL, RUSAALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:
        ALA RUSA STARS Interlibrary Loan Committee Co-Chair 2013-2015
        ALA RUSA STARS Interlibrary Loan Committee Member 2010-2013
        ALA RUSA STARS Interlibrary Loan Committee   Member 2004-2006Offices held in state/regional library associations, and other associations:  
        Utah Academic Library Consortium, Resource Sharing Committee Chair 2013-2014; 1998-1999

        Major Accomplishments:
        Resource sharing is a highly cooperative venture and libraries are best able to provide services to patrons by forming strong collaborations with partner libraries. It’s be my goal to collaboratively plan and implement systems, procedures and best practices for resource sharing with consortia partners including the Greater Western Library Alliance, Rapid, and the Utah Academic Library Consortia. As a member of the ALA RUSA STARS Interlibrary Loan Committee, I have developed programs that provide avenues to share methods that can help other libraries on a national level and strengthen resource sharing.

        Kochan, Carol A and Lars Leon “Revisiting Interlibrary Loan Best Practices: Still viable?” Journal of Interlending and Document Supply v. 41 no. 4 2013
        Duncan, Jennifer; Carol Kochan and Lars Leon “We Sincerely Regret to Inform You That the Material You Have Requested is Unavailable via Interlibrary Loan” The Importance of Being Earnest: Charleston Conference Proceedings , 74-79 Purdue University Press , 2015.
        Lars Leon, June DeWeese, Carol Kochan, Billie Peterson-Lugo, Brian Pytlik Zillig. “Enhanced Resource Sharing Through Group Interlibrary Loan Best Practices: A Conceptual, Structural, and Procedural Approach.” Portal 3 No. 3 (July 2003).

        Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
        Resource Sharing is still a needed and central library service. Some potential concerns for the future:
        1. The ability for Interlibrary Loan departments to have the necessary resources (staffing, budgets, etc.) to meet needs of patrons.
        2. Ensuring that licenses for Electronic Materials (both books and e-journals) include Interlibrary Loan privileges.
        3. Marketing availability of services to our users, so that they are aware that they are able to obtain books and articles, and don’t need to purchase
        4. As library budgets are facing increasing demands, how do we ensure the collections are diverse enough to have materials available to share?

        Member of ALA since: 1990

      2. Kenneth Louis Carriveau, Jr.
        Director of Delivery Services, Baylor University, Waco TX

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         Type of Library:  Academic Previous Positions:
        Access Services & ILL Librarian, Baylor University, Feb 2002-April 2013
        Science & Engineering Reference Librarian, Baylor University, Oct 1997-Feb 2002
        Government Documents & Agriculture Librarian, University of Guam, Aug 1993-Sept 1997Degrees and Certificates:
        University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, MSLS, 1993; University of Notre Dame, BS Chemical Engineering, 1991.Division Affiliation(s): ACRL, ALCTS, LLAMA, RUSAALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:
        LLAMA Competencies Committee, member, 2015-2017; CODES/STARS Cooperative Collection Development Committee, member, 2014-2016; STARS Atlas Systems Mentoring Award Committee, member, 2015-2017; STARS Vendor Relations Committee, member, 2011-2013; STARS Organization Committee, member, 2008-2011; ACRL Distance Learning Section Bibliography Committee, member, 2005-2006.

        Offices held in state/regional library associations, and other associations:
        Greater Western Library Alliance, Chair, Resource Sharing & Document Delivery Committee, 2007-2008

        Author: “A brief history of E-prints and the opportunities they open for science librarians,” Science and Technology Libraries (Haworth Press). Volume 20, Issue 2-3, 2001.

        Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
        Effective and timely communication is critical for success in any enterprise, but especially for an organization like STARS with members from around the globe and for whom such outreach is an essential life-skill. If elected, I pledge to record STARS Executive Committee, All Committee, and Board meeting discussions faithfully and accurately and to share these notes with the members as quickly as possible in accordance with ALA operational regulations.

        Member of ALA since: 1996

      1. Naomi Ikeda Chow
        ILL/ESP Librarian, University of Hawaii at Manoa/Hamilton Library, Honolulu HI

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         Type of Library:  AcademicPrevious Positions:
        Access Services Librarian, USAMRICD Library, Edgewood, DAKKRO Corporation, July 1997 – August 1998
        Collection Development and Management Librarian, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, Yale University, December 1993 – May 1997
        Reference Librarian, Cushing Whitney Medical Library, Yale University, September 1989 – December 1993Degrees and Certificates:
        University of Michigan, MILS, 1989; Carleton College, BA, Sociology/Anthropology, 1986Division Affiliation(s): ACRL, RUSAALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:

        RUSA STARS Vendor Relations Committee, Member, 2015 – present
        RUSA STARS Legislation and Licensing Committee, Member, 2014 – present
        RUSA STARS-Atlas Mentoring Award Selection Committee, Member, 2011 – 2015
        RUSA STARS Hot Topics Discussion Group, Moderator, Midwinter 2012 and Annual 2012

        Offices held in state/regional library associations, and other associations:

        Greater Western Library Alliance, Resource Sharing & Document Delivery Committee, Chair, Jan. 2012 – Dec. 2014
        NCC-GIF, ILL/DD Committee, Member 2012-2014
        Hawaii Library Association, Executive Board, Treasurer, March 2011 – Feb. 2013
        Hawaii Voyager (Ex Libris) Users Group, Executive Board, Secretary, Spring 2010 – Spring 2011

        Honors and Awards:
        RUSA STARS-Atlas Mentoring Award Recipient, June 2010.

        Major Accomplishments:
        Contributed as a development partner member within the GWLA consortia on the innovative Occam’s Reader Pilot Project for e-book loans.

        Naomi Ikeda Chow and Ryan James: “A Case Study for PDA on a Shoestring Budget,” in Customer-Based Collection Development (ALA Editions), 2014.
        Naomi Chow, Arthur Shum, Erin Kim, Wing Leung, Beth Tillinghast: “Occam’s Reader Web Viewer and University of Hawaii at Manoa Contributions”, Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve (Taylor and Francis), Volume 24, Issue 3-4, 2014.

        Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
        I will aim to serve and improve the field of resource sharing and document delivery through diligent service on the Executive Committee of RUSA STARS in the position of Secretary. I will assist in our section’s endeavors to support RSDD practitioners in our daily work, to explore and innovate new methods to meet our patrons’ information needs, and to create dialogue across organizations, institutions and vendors/publishers to address issues that have mutual interest, as well as challenges, among us.

        Member of ALA since: 1987

Member-At-Large: (Two year term) 

    1. Peter Bae
      Circulation Services Director, Firestone Library/Princeton University, Princeton NJ

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       Type of Library:  AcademicPrevious Positions:
      Head, Delivery Services, Butler Library/Columbia University, Oct/2010-Feb/2014
      Collections manager/Document delivery specialist for History and Korean Studies, Main Library/University at Albany July/2008-Sept/2010
      Interlibrary Loan Borrowing Researcher, Jan/2002-June/2008Degrees and Certificates:
      University at Albany, MSIS, 2007
      Kyungpook National University (Taegu, Korea), MA in History, 1999
      Kyungpook National University (Taegu, Korea), BA in History, 1997Division Affiliation(s): RUSATo which Round Tables do you belong? International Relations (IRRT)

      ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:
      Co-Chair, ALA IRRT International Librarians’ Orientation/Mentoring Committee, July 2015- Present

      Offices held in state/regional library associations, and other associations:
      Co-Chair, NCC, ILL/DD Committee, Jan. 2016-Present
      Chair, Rethinking Resource Sharing Initiative, Steering Committee, July 2014-June 2015
      Information Coordinator, IFLA, Document Delivery and Resource Sharing Section, 2013-Present

      Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
      As an active member of the Interlibrary loan community, I am very interested in the international aspect of the work and I am working closely with international colleagues through my activities in IFLA. Since our patrons’ information need become more diverse and international, a good international resource sharing network is very important aspect of our job. I wish to work on establishing and maintaining such a network and provide assistance to the colleagues with less international experience. I firmly believe that a good resource sharing starts from the information sharing, hence I wish to use my role in the RUSA STARS to actively cultivating an information sharing network among interested colleagues.

      Member of ALA since: 2007

    2. Leila Smith
      Interim Head of Resource Sharing, Harvard Library, Cambridge MA

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       Type of Library:  Academic Previous Positions:
      Manager of Resource Sharing Operations and Training Harvard Library July 2013-November 2014
      Access Services/Reserves Librarian Harvard University Graduate School of Education February 2007-July 2013
      Information Delivery Services Librarian University of Massachusetts Boston May 2006-February 2007Degrees and Certificates:
      University of California – San Jose, Post Masters Certificate, Digital Services and Emerging Technologies, 2014;
      Simmons College, MLIS, 2006
      Curry College, BA Communication, 2002Division Affiliation(s): RUSAOffices held in state/regional library associations, and other associations  
      Harvard University Librarian’s Assembly Executive Committee, Chair, 2011-2012
      Harvard University Librarian’s Assembly Executive Committee, Vice Chair, 2010-2011
      Harvard University Librarian’s Assembly Communication and Orientation Committee, Member 2008-2010

      Major Accomplishments:
      Implemented a new work flow at Harvard University, thanks to a partnership with the IDS Project’s creation of an ILLiad add-on. This add-on connects ILLiad to our ILS (Aleph) and creates a brief record with a hold in Aleph for the patron automatically upon receipt of the item. The greatest benefit is allowing patrons to select one of many pickup locations in This new work flow has created a number of efficiencies that allowed us to consolidate workflows, eliminating 5 ILLiad sites from our original 15, with 3 more planned for this spring, which will nearly complete our goal to centralize resource sharing services in our very decentralized university.

      User Centric Improvements with ILLiad and NCIP, with co-presenter Bill Jones. IDS Project Conference 2014, Syracuse, NY, August 2014.

      Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
      I’m very much interested in becoming a leader in the broader resource sharing community. The operations that I oversee vary in size and geographic location so I am well aware of the challenges that libraries of all size face and can share best practices that I’ve learned. I’d like to continue to enhance the great success that RUSA STARS has had in educating librarians in Interlibrary Loan services, and bringing librarians together to think about how we can share our resources across the world to facilitate research. It will be great to collaborate with other resource sharing leaders to enhance services at my institution, as well as the larger resource sharing community.

      Member of ALA since: 2015