Larry Alford, chief librarian at University of Toronto, began a one-year term as president of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) on Wednesday, October 7, 2015, during the Association’s Fall 2015 Meeting in Washington, DC. Alford succeeds Deborah Jakubs, the Rita DiGiallonardo Holloway university librarian and vice provost for library affairs at Duke University, as ARL president. Jakubs continues to serve as a member of both the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee as past president.
Also on October 7, the Association’s membership ratified the Board’s election of Mary Case, university librarian and dean of libraries at University of Illinois at Chicago, as ARL vice president/president-elect.
Three new Board members were elected by the membership to serve three-year terms: Lorraine Haricombe, vice provost and director of libraries, University of Texas at Austin; Steven Smith, dean of libraries, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; and Ann Thornton, university librarian and vice provost, Columbia University.
Continuing elected members of the Board are: Susan Gibbons, university librarian and deputy provost for libraries and scholarly communication, Yale University; Richard E. Luce, dean of university libraries, professor and the Peggy V. Helmerich chair, and associate vice president for research, Norman Campus, University of Oklahoma; Bonnie MacEwan, dean of libraries, Auburn University; Mary Ann Mavrinac, vice provost and the Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly dean of the River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester; and John Wilkin, the Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson dean of libraries and university librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Also serving on the Board in ex officio capacities are: David H. Carlson, dean of university libraries, Sterling C. Evans chair, Texas A&M University, and Elliott Shore, executive director, Association of Research Libraries.
The Board of Directors is the governing body of the Association and represents the interests of ARL member libraries in directing the business of the Association, including establishing operating policies, budgets, and fiscal control; modifying the ARL mission and objectives; and representing the Association to the community.
About the Association of Research Libraries
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at http://www.arl.org/.