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Slate of Nominees for MCLS Board Elections in 2013

The MCLS Board of Directors has accepted the Nominating Committee’s proposed slate of candidates for the four seats whose terms expire at the end of December 2013.

Electronic voting to approve the slate of candidates begins on September 16. All Member Representatives should receive an email on September 16 with voting instructions. Votes will be accepted via an online ballot. The voting deadline is 5:00 pm ET on October 1. Election results will be announced at the MCLS Annual Meeting on October 4, 2013.

The following slate is presented to the membership for approval:

Public Library Representative (Indiana)

Patty Stringfellow, Director, Jasper County Public Library

Education: BA, Purdue University; MLS, Indiana University

Work Experience: Library Director, 2006 – Present; Headquarters Librarian, Rensselaer Public Library, 1999-2005; I also have over 5 years of experience as a library assistant before pursuing my MLS, working as a Satellite and Volunteer Coordinator.

Statement of Concern:  My vision is that MCLS would continue to be a valuable resource for Indiana and Michigan libraries. My State Library does a great job, but it’s nice to have friends in many places, friends who are interested in the work that I do and provide affordable resources to support the work that I do. It would be wonderful if MCLS could help libraries reduce their costs for e-content: databases, ebooks, and emagazines.

Special Library Representative (Michigan)

Audrey Bondar, Librarian, Sladen Library, Henry Ford Hospital

Education: BS Education, Wayne State University; MSLS, Wayne State University

Work Experience: For nineteen years I have been the acquisitions and technical services librarian at Henry Ford Hospital. Prior to this I worked in a number of other area hospitals as well as Macomb Community College. I also work as a substitute librarian at the Clinton Macomb Public Library.

Statement of Concern: Libraries have always provided information. However, the resources and methods to provide information have changed dramatically over the last decade. Working with MCLS to move forward with the changes the future may bring is essential to assist member libraries.

Academic Library Representative (Michigan)

Scott Garrison, Dean, Ferris Library for Information, Technology and Education, Ferris State University

Education: BA (English & American Literature), University of California San Diego; MLS, UCLA

Work Experience: Systems Librarian (1994-1998) Head, Systems Interface Services (1998-2000) Assistant Head, Information Technology Services (2000) Duke University Medical Center Library Operations Manager, Library Systems (2000-2002) Head, Information Technology Services (2002-2003) UNC Chapel Hill Health Sciences Library Adjunct Assistant Professor of Practice (2003-2005) UNC Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science Title III Project Manager (2004-2006) Central Michigan University Office of Academic Affairs Assistant Dean for Systems and Technology (2006-2007) Associate Dean for Public Services and Technology (2007-2012) Western Michigan University Libraries Dean (2012-) Ferris Library for Information, Technology, and Education Ferris State University

Statement of Concern: There were several words in the Board policy manual that resonate with my vision for MCLS and its role in our states: “collective,” “future,” “proactive” and “long-term.” I believe that MCLS should work toward: * brokering greater conversation and collaboration between libraries in the academic, public and special sectors in our two states and broader region, both independent of and connected to state and national association efforts; * increasing shared print and e-collection management strategies within and between states, removing barriers in the way of truly consistent and seamless access to fewer copies of especially low-use, widely-held materials for users throughout and beyond Indiana and Michigan; * brokering shared and/or collaborative approaches to selecting and implementing systems such as discovery and next-generation ILS replacements; * leveraging MCLS’ and other collaboratives’ power to influence vendors to deliver high-quality 21st century shared/union catalogs, resource sharing and other system products more responsively, rapidly, and consistently; * and fostering statewide, MCLS-wide and regional efforts to influence scholarly communication toward open access and other emerging directions that help our libraries offer the most content to the most people for the most reasonable price we can achieve.

Member-at-Large (Indiana)

Bradford Eden, Dean of Library Services, Valparaiso University

Education: MS in Library Science, University of North Texas, 1994; Ph.D., musicology, University of Kansas, 1991; M.A., musicology, Indiana State University, 1984; B.A, double major in religion and music, minor German, Carthage College, 1982

Work Experience: Dean of Library Services, Valparaiso University, 2011-present; Associate University Librarian for Technical Services and Scholarly Communication, University of California Santa Barbara, 2006-2011; Head, Web and Digitization Services and Head, Bibliographic and Metadata Services, University of Nevada Las Vegas, 1999-2006.

Statement of Concern: I have been involved with and published about the importance of mega-collaboration and mega-cooperation between libraries, consortia, and regional consortia in order for libraries to stay viable and to move forward in this new digital environment.  As an active board member of the Academic Libraries of Indiana (ALI) since 2011, and my previous experience within the University of California system, I see this position as an opportunity to broaden and engage MCLS and ALI on a more active basis in the issues confronting academic libraries today.