Mary M. Case, university librarian and dean of libraries at University of Illinois at Chicago, began a one-year term as president of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, during the Association’s Fall 2016 Meeting in Washington, DC. Case succeeds Larry Alford, chief librarian at University of Toronto, as ARL president. Alford continues to serve as a member of both the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee as past president.
Also on September 28, the Association’s membership ratified the Board’s election of Mary Ann Mavrinac, vice provost and Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly dean of River Campus Libraries at University of Rochester, as ARL vice president/president-elect.
Three new Board members were elected by the membership to serve three-year terms: Constantia Constantinou, dean of University Libraries, Stony Brook University; Diane Parr Walker, the Edward H. Arnold university librarian, University of Notre Dame; and Leslie Weir, university librarian, University of Ottawa.
Continuing elected members of the Board are: Susan Gibbons, university librarian and deputy provost for libraries and scholarly communication, Yale University; Lorraine Haricombe, vice provost and director of libraries, University of Texas at Austin; Bonnie MacEwan, dean of libraries, Auburn University; Steven Smith, dean of libraries, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Ann Thornton, university librarian and vice provost, Columbia University; 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 and Executive Committee are Vivian Lewis, university librarian, McMaster University, in her role as chair of the ARL Coordinating Committee, and Elliott Shore, executive director, Association of Research Libraries, as an ex officio member.
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/.