The 2006 Slate of Candidates: Supplemental Biographical Statements

ARCHIVES: 2005 Biographical Statements


This year (once again), there were some problems with the ALA online ballot information system, so the LHRT Nominations Committee decided to post the biographical statements, accomplishments, and statements of concern for each of the candidates online. They are as follow, as submitted by the candidates. Nominating committee members Mary Barbosa-Jerez , Steve Sowards and Holly Willett.



Education: Columbia University, DLS, 1978. Current Position: Professor, UCLA, 1986-present. Previous Positions: Associate Professor, University of Minnesota, 1975-85. ALA Activities: LHRT: chair, , 1992-93. Offices Held outside of ALA: California Library Association: chair, LHRT, 2001-02. Membership in Other Professional and Related Organizations: ALISE, 1977-Present. Publications: co-author, Aspirations & Mentoring in an Academic Environment (Greenwood), 1994; Author, Libraries in Senegal (ALA), 1981. Honors, Awards, Prizes, Medals, Citations: IRRT Jesse Shera Award, 1992; LHRT Justin Winsor Award, 1981. Accomplishments: Mary Niles Maack holds the rank of Professor in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. After taking her BA degree in history from the University of Illinois in Urbana, she earned her MLS and doctoral degrees from Columbia University. Her first book, Libraries in Senegal(Chicago, American Library Association, 1981) was based on her doctoral research. In 1982-83 she was named Fulbright lecturer at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Bibliothèques in France. Since then she has continued her research in comparative studies and is now working on a history of American books in France from World War I through the end of the Cold War. Dr. Maack has published a second book (Aspirations and Mentoring in an Academic Environment, co-authored with Joanne Passet) as well as numerous articles in journals. She has lectured in fourteen countries in Africa and in France, Germany, and Canada. She has published numerous articles on her research abroad and on gender issues, including articles on Mary Wright Plummer in Library Quarterly (2000) and Suzanne Briet in Library Trends (2004).

Statement of Concern: I have been a member of LHRT for more than 25 years and have served in many capacities, from being chair to serving on award juries (Justin Winsor, Donald Davis and Phyllis Dain). It has been a privilege to participate in LHRT's efforts to encourage the study of history and to reward excellence in this small but vibrant field. I welcome the opportunity to serve a second term as chair, working closely with others who are deeply committed to the promotion of historical scholarship in a way that enriches and challenges our understanding of our professional identity.




Education: University at Buffalo, MLS, 2003; University at Buffalo, PhD, 1994; University at Buffalo, MA, 1991; University of Pennsylvania, BA, 1985. Current Position: Catalog Librarian, Yale University Library, 2004-present. Previous Positions: Catalog Librarian, Yale University Library, 2004-Present; Rare Book Cataloger, University at Buffalo Libraries, Poetry/Rare Books Collection, 2003-04; Assistant to the President, New Jersey Historical Society, 1998-2001; Instructor of History (Adjunct), Daemen College, 1995-96; Adjunct Asst. Professor of History, Canisius College, 1994-95. Membership in Other Professional and Related Organizations: Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing, 2004-Present; Rare Books & Manuscripts Section, ACRL, 2003-Present.



Education: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, MLS, Archives and Reference, 1999; The George Washington University, BA, History, 1997. Current Position: Behavioral Sciences and Education Librarian, Penn State Harrisburg Library, 2004-present. Previous Positions: Coordinator of Grants Information Center, Social Science and History Department, Enoch Pratt Free Library, 2001-04; Manuscripts Librarian, Gelman Library, The George Washington University, 1999-2001. ALA Activities: ACRL/EBSS: Member, Ad-Hoc CMC Directory Committee, 2005-Present; LHRT: Member at Large, Executive Committee, 2005-Present. Offices Held outside of ALA: Greater Middletown Economic Development Corporation: Member, Organization Committee; Main Street Program, 2005-Present; Associated College Libraries of Central Pennsylvania: Member, 40th Anniversary Committee; Nominating Committee, 2004-05. Membership in Other Professional and Related Organizations: Pennsylvania Library Association, 2004-Present. Publications: "The Hippest History," Library Journal, May 15, 2005; "Book History in Scarlet Letters: The Beginning and Growth of a College Yearbook During the Gilded Age," Book History 2006, forthcoming; Reviewer, Choice, 2005-present; Reviewer, RUSQ, 2005-present; Reviewer, ARBA, 2005-present. Accomplishments: I have worked diligently for LHRT and its members since I joined in Fall 2004. I volunteered to co-chair LHRT's Outreach Committee and undertook an e-mail survey of the membership to guide the Executive Committee in future program planning. I also sent welcome letters to more than 120 new members this Fall, and organized a tour of the San Antonio Public Library for Midwinter conference attendees. This Spring, I will arrange tours of library history-related sites in New Orleans and Washington, D.C.

Statement of Concern: Library history connects to broad themes in society, including advances in architecture, education, and race relations. Yet given the coming wave of retirements (within a particularly future-focused profession!), LHRT members must work hard to communicate the lessons we’ve learned to new generations of library employees and the public. There are many ways to do this. LHRT made an important step when it appointed an Outreach Committee to engage public and school librarians, library workers, LIS students, and scholars in other disciplines. Such work should continue through developing “how-to” programs for budding historians, social events to encourage dialogue, and other opportunities. As Secretary-Treasurer, I will report on LHRT’s current activities and financial status, but will also help keep LHRT members involved and active. Recruiting and retaining members is crucial for sustaining LHRT programs year after year, as well as progress in the world’s knowledge of libraries.



Education: Uniwersytet Jagiellonski, UIUC GSLIS, MA (1986);MLS (1994), 1994. Current Position: Associate Professor of Library Administration, University of Illinois Library, 2003-present. Previous Positions: Librarian for Central European Studies, Head Slavic Cataloging, University of Illinois Library, 2000. ALA Activities: SEES;LHRT: Member-at-Large (SEES); Justin Winsor Prize Committee (chair), 2004; . Membership in Other Professional and Related Organizations: American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, 2000. Publications: The Destruction of Jewish Libraries and Archives in Cracow during World War II (Libraries & Culture), 2003; contributor, "Central and Eastern Europe," International Encyclopedia of Information and Library Science (Routledge), 2003; Soldiers of the Cultural Revolution : the Stalinization of Libraries and Librarianship in Poland, 1945-1953 (Library History), 2000. Honors, Awards, Prizes, Medals, Citations: 2002 Justin Winsor Prize, 2002. Accomplishments: My primary research interests focus on Polish libraries and librarianship, both past and present, Polish publications, and the development of the Internet in Central and Eastern Europe. I believe that research constitutes a very important part of librarianship. It can enrich our knowledge about libraries and their collections in the U.S. and all over the world. Being a Slavic librarian I am particularly interested in Eastern Europe, and my native country Poland. My articles appeared in Libraries & Culture (now Libraries & the Cultural Record), Library History and in Polish scholarly monographs. In 2002 I was awarded Justin Winsor Prize for the best library history essay. Since 2004 I have been chair of Justin Winsor Prize Committee.

Statement of Concern: I believe that librarianship essentially involves connecting people with the information they need. At a university this involves serving local users and the wider global user community by providing access to scholarly materials and by insuring that the library online catalog includes accurate records of items from our collection. As a Slavic cataloger and Librarian for Central European Studies I provide access to foreign language materials for patrons whose main area of research is Central and Eastern Europe. I believe that LHRT plays a very important role in educating American and international library community about the past struggles and achievements of great librarians, libraries, and many forgotten collections that need to be rediscovered.


*Education:  University of Illinois.  Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Ph.D., 1983; Vanderbilt University.  George Peabody College for Teachers, Ed.S., 1972; M.L.S., 1968; Lipscomb University, B.A., 1967.

*Current Position:  Dean of Library and Information Resources, Abilene Christian University (ACU), 2003-   ; Professor Emeritus of Library Science, Purdue University, 2003- *Previous Positions:  Humanities, Social Science & Education Librarian, Purdue University, 1990-2003.  Senior Reference Librarian, Humanities, Social Science & Education Library, Purdue University, 1982-90.  Reference Librarian, Purdue University, 1979-1982.  Professor of Library Science, 1989-2003; Associate Professor, 1985-89; Assistant Professor, 1979-85, Purdue University.  Reference Librarian, Wabash College, 1973-79. *ALA Activities:  ACRL:  President’s Program Committee, 1998-2000; Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Committee, 1985-87; LHRT:  Research Committee Chair, 1996-2000; 50th Anniversary Committee, 1996-98; Justin Winsor Prize Committee, 1994-97 (Chair, 1996-97); Library History Round Table Chair, 1993-94; Executive Committee, 1992-95; Publications Committee Chair, 1990-92; Membership Liaison, 1985-91; LRRT:  Membership Committee Chair, 1991-93. *State & Regional Library Association Activities:  Texas Council of Academic Libraries:  Vice Chair/Chair Elect, 2005-   ; Indiana Library Federation:  Reference Division Director at Large, 1990-92; College and University Division Executive Board, 1984-85. *Membership in Other Professional and Related Organizations:  Disciples of Christ Historical Society, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Southern Historical Association. *Publications:  Co-editor, Perceiving the Past:  Essays Honoring the Legacy of Donald G. Davis, Jr. (Libraries & Culture Special Issue), 2005; Editor, Untold Stories:  Civil Rights, Libraries, and Black Librarianship (University of Illinois, GSLIS), 1998; Co-author, Reading for Moral Progress:  19th Century Institutions Promoting Social Change (University of Illinois, Occasional Papers, No 207), 1997; Co-author, American Library History:  A Comprehensive Guide to the Literature (ABC-Clio), 1989; Co-editor, User Instruction in Academic Libraries:  A Century of Selected Readings (Scarecrow Press), 1986; Co-editor, Reference Work and Library Education:  Essays in Honor of Frances Neel Cheney (Lexington Books), 1983.  Contributions to:  ACRL Conference Proceedings (1992, 1989, 1978), Christian Librarian, Collection Management, College & Research Libraries, IFLA Conference Proceedings (2000), Libraries & Culture, Library Quarterly, Library Trends, LHRT Newsletter, Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom, Serials Librarian, Wilson Library Bulletin.  Contributions to reference sources:  American National Biography, Dictionary of American Library Biography, Encyclopedia of Library History, International Dictionary of Library Histories, Notable Black American Men, Notable Black American Women, II. *Honors, Awards, Prizes, Medals, Citations:  Biographical Listings:  Directory of American Scholars, 1999-;   Who’s Who in America, 1996-;   CIC/NEH Coordinated Preservation Project, Purdue University, 1991-94; Frederick B. Artz Research Grant, Oberlin College Archives, 1991; Council on Library and Information Resources Research Fellowship, 1990; Berner-Nash Memorial Award for the Outstanding Dissertation, University of Illinois.  Graduate School of Library and Information Science, 1983; Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, 1980; Beta Phi Mu International Library and Information Studies Honor Society, 1973; H. W. Wilson Scholarship, 1967.*Accomplishments:  Most of my work has been as part of a team.  In the past five years, I participated in three library building remodeling projects that collectively have cost about eight million dollars.  At ACU, we open a Learning Commons in April 2006.

*Statement of Concern:  As a practitioner, I am honored to have been mentored into a service profession that is committed to effective scholarly communication, intellectual growth, and intellectual freedom.  I have been given the opportunity to express my appreciation in festschriften for Frances Neel Cheney, Don Davis, Don Haymes, Ed Holley, Evan Farber, and David Kaser.  The lessons I have learned include a sense of obligation to younger scholars in our craft and a desire to attract new practitioners to LHRT.  We need to make the case to administrators and librarians that the challenges we face, the vocabulary we use, and the contexts in which we operate often have historical antecedents with great instructive power.  The beginnings of this conversation should be shaped in LHRT.



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