Ann Campion Riley to Lead Higher Education Association for Librarians

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – Ann Campion Riley, associate director for access, collections and technical services at the University of Missouri, has been elected vice-president/president-elect of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) for academic librarians that has more than 12,000 members. Riley will become president-elect following the 2014 ALA annual conference in Las Vegas and will assume presidency of the association in July 2015 for a one-year term.

 “I am thrilled to have the opportunity of leading ACRL,” Riley said. “The inspiring experience of working with a future-oriented board of directors will be wonderful. Active ACRL members are all hard-workers and bring great spirits of inquiry to the organization. ACRL's current initiatives, such as promoting the value of libraries work and studying the role of research data curation in libraries, are continuing challenges. Looking for the next set of challenges won't take long as ACRL looks forward and works to engage and serve new and current members.”

“ACRL is delighted to have Ann Campion Riley join the Board as vice-president/president-elect,” said ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen K. Davis. “Ann was a director-at-large on the ACRL Board from 2009-2013 and has a long history of service to ACRL. Her knowledge of ACRL, academic librarianship and the broader higher education environment, along with her leadership in both ACRL and other organizations, will be an asset to the board as it continues to work with members to meet their needs and to advance the plan for excellence.”

Riley’s work with state and regional associations includes serving on the Great Western Library Alliance (GWLA) Collection Development Committee (2009-present), Great Plains Network (GPN) and GWLA Advisory Council on the Management of the Lifecycle of Research Data Project (2012-present), GWLA Digital Collections Committee (2007-2010),  Missouri Library Association (MLA) Awards Committee chair (2007-2009), as MLA president (2005) and as president of the Missouri Association of College and Research Libraries (2003).

Riley’s awards include being honored as a Research Library Leadership Fellow by the Association of Research Libraries (2011–2012), and as a Global Scholar by the University of Missouri (2010). She has been awarded the “You Make a Difference Award” by Saint Louis Community College (2004). She also has been honored with participation in Leadership Chesterfield (2001), LEADERS 1999, National Institute of Leadership Development and Beta Phi Mu, and international library and information studies honor society.

Her publications and presentations include “The Community of Libraries” column in MOinfo: Newsletter of the Missouri Library Association (2005); coauthor of “Caution! Hazardous Substances: Recognizing and Deflecting Toxic Personalities in the Workplace,” presented at the ACRL National Conference in Baltimore (2007); and coauthor of “Using Staff Focus Groups to Help in Services Assessment” published in the Proceedings of the North Central Association Annual Meeting (2001).

Riley earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science in Library Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Arts in English from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

ACRL is the higher education association for librarians. Representing more than 11,500 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate and lead within the academic community.

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