Magazine article American Libraries

ALA Served as Training Ground

Magazine article American Libraries

ALA Served as Training Ground

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Susan Roman, the new dean of Dominican University's Graduate School of Library and Information Science in River Forest, Illinois, said "everything I learned at ALA is applicable" to her new position.

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"I don't think I could have come to this job without having been at ALA because we have such a national and broad scope," added Roman, who retired May 31 as director of the Association's Development Office, in a June 16 American Libraries interview. Her additional background as director of ALA's ALSC and ALTA divisions in working on budgets, fundraising, and board management all contributed to her comfort level in taking on the Dominican position.

Roman said the position allows her to work on recruitment "in an effort of diversifying the student body and faculty," adding that she will also work with ALA's Spectrum Scholarship Initiative and with the HRDR Office. Additionally, she will also use the information gathered while ALSC director in the development of competencies for children's librarians "to see if the [Dominican] curriculum supports it and if graduates are attaining those goals. …

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