SILS alumna, Joyce L. Ogburn elected ACRL vice president/president-elect

Release date: 
May 11, 2010

photo of Joyce OgburnJoyce L. Ogburn, School of Information and Library Science (SILS) alumna, university librarian and director of the University of Utah Marriott Library, has been elected vice-president/president-elect of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).  She will become president-elect following the 2010 ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C. and assume the presidency in July 2011 for a one-year term.

"Being chosen to lead ACRL as vice-president/president-elect is the highlight of my career,” Ogburn said. “I am enormously grateful for the confidence of the members in my leadership skills and will do my utmost to advance ACRL’s initiatives and programs."

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 12,500 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.

Ogburn's activities in ACRL include serving as the scholarly communications column editor for C&RL News (2006-2009), as co-chair of the Scholarly Communications Committee (2006-08), and as a member of the Choice Editorial Board (2000-04).  She was the founder and editor of ANSSWeb (1995-2003), and was chair of the Anthropology and Sociology Section (ANSS) (1997-98).  Joyce also served as editor of ANSS Currents (1996-97).

“ACRL is delighted to have Joyce join the Board as vice-president/president-elect,” ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen Davis said. “Her experience serving on not-for-profit Boards, her leadership in ACRL’s scholarly communication initiatives, and her service throughout ACRL will be an asset to the Board as it continues to work with members to meet their needs and to advance ACRL’s strategic plan.”

Her ALA activities include serving as chair of the ALCTS Chief Collection Development Officers of Large Research Libraries (2004-05), and as chair of the ALCTS Acquisition of Library Materials Section Education Committee (1991-92).  She was a member of the ALA Library Education Assembly (1990-92), and was chair of the ALCTS Education Committee (1990-91).

Ogburn's work with state and regional associations includes serving on the Greater Western Library Alliance Board of Directors (2009-present), and serving on the Association of Research Libraries Scholarly Communications Steering Committee (2008-present).  She is a member of the Center for Research Libraries Board of Directors (2007-present), and she served on the SPARC Steering Committee (2005-07).  She was also  a member of the American Anthropological Association Librarians Advisory Group (2001-05).

Ogburn was a UCLA Senior Fellow (2001), and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa (1978).

Her publications include author of, "Moderately Risky Business: Challenging Librarians to Assume More Risk in an Era of Opportunity," Risk and Entrepreneurship in Libraries: Seizing Opportunities for Change (ALA/ALCTS), 2009; author, "Defining and Achieving Success in the Movement to Change Scholarly Communication," Library Resources and Technical Services, 2008; and co-author, Establishing a Research Agenda for Scholarly Communications: A Call for Community Engagement (ACRL), 2007.

Ogburn received her master’s of library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She received her master’s degree in Anthropology from Indiana University, and earned her bachelor of arts degree in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 

From 1999-2005, she was associate director at the University of Washington.  Prior to that, she was assistance university library at Old Dominion University (1996-99).   She served as chief acquisitions librarian at Yale University (1991-96), and was an acquisitions librarian at Penn State University (1984-91).

This news item has been adapted from ACRL's press release.