It’s time for the annual LIBRAS elections. Per LIBRAS Bylaws, we have a slate of candidates for three offices: Vice President/President-Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer. All librarians and staff at LIBRAS member libraries are eligible to vote.
You will receive a ballot via email. Voting will begin May 1, 2020 and run through May 14, 2020. Results will be announced at the LIBRAS Annual Meeting to be held via Zoom on May 20, 2020.
Meet the Candidates
Candidate for Vice President/President-Elect: Andrew Lenaghan
Title/Institution: Director of the Library, Lewis University
Degree(s): BA, English, Eastern Illinois University; MA, American Literature, Eastern Illinois University; MS, Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Candidate Statement: I am very honored to have the potential opportunity in serving on the executive board of LIBRAS this upcoming year. It’s a bit of an obvious statement by now that there will be a number of challenges our institutions and libraries will be facing given the impact of the COVID-19 Crisis. No doubt there will be lasting implications that those impacts will have on our students, campuses and libraries through conversations and decisions made about access to technology, enrollment and budgets. That said, LIBRAS, through its ongoing and successful work of community building and training with LKE’s, partnership outreach with RAILS, CARLI, SHMEC, has positioned itself to not only continue its current efforts, but use these existing platforms to find new and meaningful ways of driving conversations about what higher education and academic libraries will be in the post-COVID-19 environment. The opportunities that lie ahead are daunting. But I very much am looking forward to the challenge of finding ways that LIBRAS can continue it’s already successful work into the future.
Candidate for Secretary: Joshua M. Avery
Joshua M. Avery
Title/Institution: Group Leader, Teaching and Outreach Group, Wheaton College
Degree(s): BA, University of Cincinnati; MA, Miami University; MS, University at Albany, State University of New York
Candidate Statement: I am a career librarian with more than 10 years of experience in academic libraries. I have served on CARLI and ILA committees as well as in a position of committee leadership in the (Southwest) Ohio Regional Library System. I look forward to advancing the mission of LIBRAS through serving as secretary and working along other members of LIBRAS leadership to bring forth ideas to increase cooperation, continuing education and networking among LIBRAS institutions.
Candidate for Treasurer: Brett Pinkepank (re-election)
Title/Institution: Information Services Librarian, Aurora University
Degree(s): MLIS, University of Illinois
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