April 19, 2018

Davenport, Rettig, Former E-Board Members, To Vie for ALA Presidency

By LJ Staff

Two candidates with experience on the American Library Association’s (ALA) Executive Board will vie for the 2008 – 09 ALA presidency. Nancy Davenport, interim director of library services at the District of Columbia Public Library, served on the E-Board from 2002 – 05, and James Rettig, university librarian at the University of Richmond, VA, served on the E-Board from 2003 – 06. Davenport served as president of the Council on Library and Information Resources (2004 – 06) and was co-dean at the Frye Leadership Institute from 2005 to 2006; previously, she worked at the Library of Congress for more than 30 years, most recently as director of acquisitions (1998 – 2004), and as acting chief of Rare Books and Special Collections and acting chief of Prints and Photographs. Rettig, before joining the University of Richmond in 1998, worked at the College of William and Mary, the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Dayton and Murray State University. Known for his work writing about reference, he is a past president of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA). He already has a web site for his candidacy.

On the spring ballot, ALA members also will choose a new treasurer. The candidates are Rod Hersberger, dean of the University Library at California State University-Bakersfield (CSUB), and Jo Ann Pinder, who recently left her post as executive director of the Gwinnett County Public Library (GCPL) GA. The term will last three years, from 2007 to 2010. Hersberger currently serves on the ALA Budget Analysis and Review Committee (BARC), represented the Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) on the ALA Council from 1989 – 93 and chaired LAMA’s Financial Management Committee from 1982 – 84. Pinder, now an at-large member of the ALA Council, was the 2002 – 03 PLA president and co-chaired PLA’s 2002 National Conference Program Committee. She also has served on the ALA Planning and Budget Assembly. GCPL was the LJ/Gale Library of the Year in 2000.