I have been an ALA member since I entered library school at Indiana University in 1996. Over the past 20 years, I have served as a committee member and chair at the section and division levels, as a member of ALA-level initiatives such as the Special Presidential Task Force on School Libraries, as a member of the ALA Publishing Committee, and as an ALA Councilor-at-Large. Most recently, outside of ALA, I was elected as an Americas Regional Council (ARC) delegate to the OCLC Global Council.
I have served in leadership positions in other library associations and consortia, as well, and in leadership positions relevant to my work in the field of education, including the Library Publishing Forum (Board of Directors), Catholic Research Resources Alliance (Board of Directors), Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) (Board of Directors), Chicago Collections (Board of Directors), History of Education Society (Task Force on Archives), and American Educational Research Association (Chair, Communication of Research Special Interest Group).
Throughout my career, I have been an active scholar, and have presented on my research and ourlibraries' work around the globe. Selected examples are included on the Readings list and on my Selected Works page.
My service to ALA has always complemented my work as a librarian, first as a reference librarian and subject specialist, then as a library instruction coordinator, an Associate University Librarian, and, finally, as a University Librarian. Since 2012, I have served as University Librarian at DePaul University, an institution that has shaped my vision of libraries as an active contributor to the goal of making the world a better place.
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Finally, over the past 3 years, I have been an active member of grassroots efforts to protect school libraries and librarians in Chicago Public Schools. As an elected member of a Chicago Local School Council and as a parent active in associations like Raise Your Hand Illinois, I have worked with parents, teachers, community members, and school librarians to "fight for funding" for our schools and our school libraries.
This experience, as much as any garnered through work with ALA or other professional associations, has been fundamental to my thinking about the work that lies ahead.