Wendy Pradt Lougee, University Librarian and McKnight Presidential Professor at the University of Minnesota, began a one-year term as president of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) on Oct. 11, during the ARL Membership Meeting in Washington, D.C.
The University of Minnesota Libraries system encompasses 14 libraries on the Twin Cities campus, historically rich collections, and nationally recognized model programs in technology development, information literacy, and new models for scholarly communication.
Lougee succeeds Winston Tabb, Sheridan Dean of University Libraries and Museums, Johns Hopkins University. Tabb continues to serve as a member of both the ARL Board of Directors and the ARL Executive Committee as Past President.
Also on Oct. 11, the ARL membership ratified the Board’s election of Carol Pitts Diedrichs, Director of University Libraries, Ohio State University, as ARL Vice President/President-Elect.
Three new Board members were elected by the membership to serve three-year terms: Larry Alford, Chief Librarian, University of Toronto; Thomas Hickerson, Vice Provost and University Librarian, University of Calgary; and Olivia M. A. Madison, Professor and Dean of the Library, Iowa State University. And one new Board member was elected to serve a two-year term: Connie Vinita Dowell, Dean of Libraries, Vanderbilt University.
Continuing elected members of the Board are: Deborah A. Carver, Philip H. Knight Dean of Libraries, University of Oregon; Ernie Ingles, Vice-Provost, University of Alberta; Anne R. Kenney, Carl A. Kroch University Librarian, Cornell University; Judith C. Russell, Dean of University Libraries, University of Florida; and Jay Schafer, Director of Libraries, University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Also serving on the Board in ex officio capacities are: Carton Rogers, Vice Provost and Director of Libraries, University of Pennsylvania; James F. Williams II, Dean of Libraries University of Colorado Boulder; and Charles B. Lowry, Executive Director, ARL.
The Board is the governing body of the Association and represents the interests of ARL member libraries in directing the business of the Association, including establishing operating policies, budgets, and fiscal control; modifying the ARL mission and objectives; and representing ARL to the community.