Camila Alire Wins 2009-2010 ALA Presidency

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Camila Alire, dean emerita at the University of New Mexico and Colorado State University in Fort Collins, has been elected 2009-10 ALA president.

Alire received 8,956 of the total 16,058 votes cast for president and will serve one year as vice-president/president-elect before she takes over at the end of the 2009 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. A total of 17.089 ballots, including 15,655 electronic and 1,434 paper ballots, were cast in the election that included the Association's governing Council, and division and round table leaders.

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"What an unbelievable honor to have been elected as ALA president-elect," Ali re said. "I am looking forward to working with all ALA units and members to further advance the value of our nation's libraries and library workers. Additonally, I look forward to encouraging ALA members to get more involved in this great association., whether virtually or in person. I want to thank all of the people who believed in me and supported me during this election."

Alire is currently professor of practice (adjunct) for Simmons College's doctoral program in managerial leadership in Boston and adjunct professor for San Jose (Calif.) State University School of Library and Information Science's executive MLIS Managerial Leadership Program. She previously served as dean of libraries the University of Colorado at Denver as well as assistant to the dean/instructor for UCD's former LIS program. She has also worked as a community college library director, a special library director, and a school librarian (K-12).

Alire is chair of ALA's Committee on Legislation and previously chaired the Association's Nominating Committee (1995), Committee on Education (1996), and American Libraries Advisory Committee (1997-99) She has been a member of ALA's Executive Board (2000-2003) and the Association's governing Council (1997-2003). She is also past president of ALA's Association for College and Research Libraries (2005) and served as chair of the division's 2005 national conference. Alire also served as president of the ALA affiliate Reforma, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (1993-1994).

Alire has served on the board of directors of the Association for Research Libraries and the Colorado Council on Library Development and as a member of several Colorado Association of Libraries committees, as well as on several regional library system governing boards. …