Magazine article American Libraries

Julie Todaro Wins 2016-2017 ALA Presidency

Magazine article American Libraries

Julie Todaro Wins 2016-2017 ALA Presidency

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Julie Todaro, dean of library services at Austin (Tex.) Community College, has been elected president of the American Library Association (ALA) for the 2016-2017 term. She defeated Joseph Janes, associate professor and chair of the MLIS program at the University of Washington Information School; James LaRue, CEO of LaRue and Associates in Castle Rock, Colorado; and JP Porcaro, librarian for acquisitions and technological discovery at the New Jersey City University Guarini Library in Jersey City.

"I am honored to be elected the president of the American Library Association," Todaro said upon learning of the election outcome. "I am especially honored to be the first community college librarian elected to serve in this important role in our profession."

Todaro received 2,899 votes out of 10,119 total votes cast for president, while Janes received 2,877, LaRue received 2,222, and Porcaro received 2,121. Todaro will serve one year as vice president/president-elect starting at the close of the 2015 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in San Francisco before assuming the presidency at the close of the 2016 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in Orlando.

Todaro earned a DLS from Columbia University's School of Library Service, a MLS from the University of Texas Graduate School of Library Science (including school librarian all-level certification), and a BS in English and history from the University of Texas at Austin.

An ALA member since 1972, Todaro's activities include serving as cochair of Past President Barbara Stripling's Libraries From Now On summit; cochair of former President Camila Alire's Frontline Advocacy initiative; member of former President Nancy Kranich's Information Literacy Partnerships initiative; member of forme President Mary Somerville's Kids Can't Wait initiative, and lead authorship of Alire's Association of College and Research Libraries presidential initiative, the Power of Persuasion. …

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