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2019 Membership Ballot: Slate of Nominees

The MCLS Board of Directors has accepted the Nominating Committee’s proposed slate of candidates for the four seats with terms expiring at the end of December 2019.

Electronic voting to approve the slate of candidates begins on Sept. 16. All Member Representatives should receive an email on Sept. 16 with voting instructions. Votes will be accepted via an online ballot up to the deadline of 5pm Eastern on Sept. 30.

Slate of Nominees

At-Large Library Representative (Indiana)
Alexis Macklin, Dean of the Library, Purdue University Fort Wayne

BA (English/French) – Chatham University; BA (Education) – Point Park University; MLIS – University of Pittsburgh; PhD – Curriculum and Instruction – Purdue University West Lafayette

Work Experience:
20 years of experience in special and academic libraries with over a decade in leadership positions.

Awards & Honors:
Awarded over $250K in local state and federal grants for research projects, and over 2.5 million in private funding for programs; received prestigious paper awards from several international conferences; invited to present internationally; participated in multiple competitive leadership programs.

My vision for MCLS is to continue building relationships and leveraging resources that provide our IN and MI members fair, equitable, and cost-effective access to information. We need to do more work to reach our IN members. As an at large rep for IN, I want to understand the specific library related needs of my state, and work with MCLS to meet those needs. Current efforts toward this goal include surveying and interviewing owner-members directly to determine how they are benefiting from their MCLS membership. Assessment is key to improving outcomes. As a result of this work, I believe MCLS will discover new ways to expand its reach, and potentially generate revenue, by offering additional cost-saving products and service for members.

Public Library Representative (Indiana)
Edra Waterman, Director, Hamilton East Public Library

BA – Purdue University; MLS – Indiana University

Work Experience:
20 plus years in public libraries, the last 15 in library administration.

Awards & Honors:
As a member of 2017 ILF (Indiana Library Federation) Board of Directors received the ILF Leadership Award presented to that year’s Board for service to the organization. I have been honored to be a part of Leadership Hendricks County’s class of 2008 and Hamilton County Leadership Academy’s class of 2013. I currently serve as immediate past president of ILF and am the current President of the MCLS Board.

I think MCLS is uniquely positioned to lead and connect libraries of all types as they strive to better serve their communities. The current ends of the organization are aspirational and challenging, and represent a bold vision for libraries and MCLS. There is a great need for the services MCLS can provide and a need for greater awareness of those services, especially in Indiana. I would greatly value continuing on the MCLS Board.

Academic Library Representative (Michigan)
Annie Bélanger, Dean of University Libraries, Grand Valley State University

BA Honors – York University; MLIS – University of Western Ontario

Work Experience:
Dean of University Libraries, GVSU (2017-now);
Associate University Librarian for Information Resources and Academic Excellence, University of Waterloo (2012-2017);
Head of Information Services & Resources, UWaterloo (2008-2012);
Head of Public Services Development, New Brunswick Public Libraries (2006-2008);
Bilingual Research Associate, Deloitte (2005-2006)

Awards & Honors:
ARL Leadership Fellow (2013-2015)

As Libraries, we are stronger together. Working locally and collaboratively through a consortia means that we can create a scale and scope of services, resources, and development opportunities that we cannot alone. MCLS offers a platform to enhance partnerships, networks, and to collaborate in new ways to explore new ways of offering traditional and emerging services and resources. I hope that together we can continue to grow the Midwestern collaborations.

Special Library Representative (Michigan)
Joel Scheuher, Reference Services Librarian, Kresge Library, University of Michigan, Ross School of Business

Bachelor of Business Administration – University of Michigan; Master of Information in Library Studies – University of Michigan; Master of Business Administration – Wayne State University

Work Experience:
2015- Present, Reference Services Librarian – Kresge Library, University of Michigan, Ross School of Business, Ann Arbor, MI
2014- 2015, Business Librarian – Mardigian Library, University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dearborn, MI
2012- 2013, Senior Analyst – Marklines, Southfield, MI
1999-2012, General Motors Company, Detroit, MI
2010-2012 – Manager, General Motors Global Library
2008-2010 – Sr. Information Professional, GM Business & Law Library
1999-2007 – Information Professional, GM Research & Development Library
1998-1999 – Information Specialist, contracted to General Motors, Detroit, MI through Advanced Information Consultants, Canton, MI

I see MCLS as a forward-looking organization that serves as a center of expertise for its member libraries. MCLS should continue to be a hub of innovation for new practices and technologies that impact the ever changing library landscape. The organization should also be a means to collaborate among different types of libraries to identify and address emerging trends. This can be done through member training and through leveraging the efficiencies of consortia purchasing. This not only benefits the member libraries, but it also serves the library users throughout Indiana and Michigan.