Maureen Sullivan, an organization development consultant from Baltimore, was inaugurated as ALA president at the 2012 Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.
Sullivan said she looked forward to working with ALA members who will help ALA lead the 21st-century information revolution. She said the ALA’s strategic plan, ALA 2015, provides “an excellent framework to engage all of us in fulfilling the overarching goal to build ‘a world where libraries, both physical and virtual, are central to lifelong discovery and learning and where everyone is a library user.”
“This invites us to focus our collective attention on our communities—to understand the needs, interests, challenges, expectations, and opportunities of the diverse and changing constituencies we serve,” Sullivan said.
She identified two areas of need: preparing leaders for what will be different in the digital world; and creating an ALA leadership development institute.
“We continue to face serious issues,” Sullivan said. “But we also have a wealth of opportunities to make the case for the role and contribution of libraries in ensuring informed and engaged communities. I welcome your ideas and suggestions. Together we can build on ALA’s status as the oldest and largest library association and ensure it remains the best and most relevant association for everyone working in this field.”
Barbara Stripling, assistant professor of practice at Syracuse (N.Y.) University, was elected ALA president-elect in the 2012 election. Stripling will serve as president-elect for the 2012–2013 term and will be inaugurated as ALA president at the 2013 Annual Conference in Chicago.
Stripling said she looks forward to continuing the work begun by her predecessors in transforming libraries into virtual and face-to-face community centers of conversation, equitable access to information, lifelong learning, and civic engagement.
Three new ALA Executive Board members were elected by the ALA Council in a vote taken at the 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting, held January 20–24, 2012, in Dallas.
Robert (Rob) Banks, chief operating officer of the Topeka and Shawnee County (Kans.) Public Library; Alexia Hudson-Ward, reference and instruction librarian at Pennsylvania State University Abington College; and John Moorman, director of the Williamsburg (Va.) Regional Library will each serve three-year terms that began in July 2012 and will conclude in June 2015.