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Beth McNeil Elected ACRL Vice-President/President-Elect

CHICAGO ⎯ Beth McNeil, Dean of Library and Information Studies and Esther Ellis Norton Professor of Library Science at Purdue University, has been elected vice president/president-elect of the ACRL. McNeil will become president-elect in July 2022 and assume the presidency in July 2023 for a one-year term.

Kara Whatley, an academic librarian at the California Institute of Technology, was elected to the ACRL Board of Trustees as an advisor.

An Error Occurred in the Election of Directors to the ACRL Board; a new election will be held for these positions. Check the ACRL website, ACRL Insider and social media for more details.

“The ACRL has been a touchstone for me throughout my career. I feel incredibly honored to have been elected and look forward to serving the ACRL and our members over the next three years,” said McNeil. “I pledge to continue the great work of the ACRL, fully engaging with the Board of Directors, Goal Area Committees, ACRL staff and other leaders and members of ACRL to advance important initiatives that matter to our academic library community. It is a privilege to serve and I am grateful for the support of our members.

In her 32-year ACRL membership, McNeil served as ACRL 2021 Conference President (2019-21), Executive Director of the ACRL Board of Directors (2015-19), member of the 2019 Conference Coordinator (2017-19), Member of the 2019 ACRL Colleagues Committee (2017-19), Co-Chair of the 2019 ACRL Contributions Committee (2017-19), Member of the Coordinating Committee of the ACRL 2015 Conference (2013-15), ACRL 2015 Co-Chair Contributions Committee (2013-15), ACRL Nominations Committee Chair (2013-14), Conference Coordinating Committee Member ACRL 2013 (2011-13), ACRL Volunteer Committee Co-Chair 2013 (2011-13), ACRL Friends Fund Committee Member Chair (2009-11), Coordinating Committee Member of the ACRL 2009 National Conference (2007-09) and ACRL 2009 Workshop Committee Co-Chair (2007-09). She was also a member of the ACRL Budget and Finance Committee (2005-11), the 2007 ACRL National Conference Panel Sessions Sub-Committee (2005-07), the Nominating Committee of ACRL (2004-05), the ACRL 2005 National Conference Roundtable Sub-Committee (2003-05) and the ACRL Nominating Committee (2001-02).

“I am delighted to welcome Beth McNeil to the ACRL Board of Directors and want to publicly thank her for her willingness to take on this important role over the next three years,” said the ACRL’s Executive Director. ACRL, Robert Jay Malone. “Beth’s decades of service to the ACRL are testament to her deep involvement in our association, and her experience will help guide us to exciting accomplishments. Her broad involvement in numerous organizations, whether serving college library associations in three states or serving on the board of HathiTrust, will benefit the ACRL in multiple interactions, allowing us to strengthen alliances with important stakeholders. I look forward to working with Beth in the years to come.

McNeil’s experience with ALA includes serving as a member of LAMA (1997-2016) and serving as a member of the LAMA Committee on Organizing (2005-09) and Secretary of the LAMA Executive Committee, Organizing and library management (2005-07). She was also a member of the LAMA Budget and Finance Committee (2001-05); LAMA Human Resources, Supervisory Skills Committee (2003-05); and Fundraising and Financial Development: Trends, Marketing and Project Development Committee (2003-2005); and Human Resources, Executive Committee (2001-03). McNeil also served as Human Resources Section Secretary, Executive Committee (2001-03) and member of the Measurement, Evaluation and Evaluation Committee, Nominations (2001-02); personnel administration, personnel development committee (1997-2001); and Statistics, Data Collection Committee for Library Managers (member, 1997-2001; chair, 2000-01).

His activity with state, regional, and national associations includes serving on the Indiana University Libraries (ALI) Board of Trustees (2019-present), GWLA Board of Trustees (2017-2019), Board of Governors of HathiTrust (2015-2018), Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST) Executive Committee (2017-2019), Rosemont Group Executive Committee (2017-2019) and Iowa Academic Libraries Alliance Coordinating Committee (Member, 2016-2019, Chairman 2018- 2019). She has also been a member of the Iowa Library Association (2015-2019), Indiana Library Federation (2012-2015, 2019-present), Nebraska Library Association (1996-2007), ARL Academy Advisory Group (2019-2020), and ARL Program Steering Committee (2018-2019.) McNeill also served as NLA/NEMA Conference Treasurer (Spring 1999-February 2000) and Member (2015-17); vice-president (2018-19); chair (2018-19); and past chair (2019-2020) of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Association of Research Libraries.

McNeil’s notable accomplishments include receiving the Staff Member of the Year Award (2019); Iowa State University’s Annual Student Government Award for Faculty and Staff, Runza Spirit of Service Award (2004); annual award for volunteer service by UNL faculty; UNL Office of Student Involvement, CAMRE (Creating an Atmosphere of Mutual Respect) Award (2000); and the annual UNL library office/service staff award.

Additionally, McNeil’s work with external funding includes the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, $2 million to staff the position of Barron Hilton Flight Archive Archivist; Purdue University Libraries, proposal co-authored with Purdue advancement staff and archivists in 2011; IMLS Recruiting and Educating Librarians for the 21st Century Grant ($392,347); and Recruitment and Training of Academic Librarians in the Sciences and Health Sciences (2003-05), served as the UNL lead on the grant, working with colleagues from the University of Iowa Library and Iowa State University.

His publications include: Fundamentals of Library Supervision, 3rd edition (Chicago: American Library Association, 2017); “A Phenomenological Study Exploring the Leadership Development Experiences of Academic Research Library Leaders”, PhD Dissertation, University of Nebraska (2015); and Advocacy, Outreach and National University Libraries: A Call to Action (Chicago: ACRL, 2010), with co-editors William C. Welburn and Janice Welburn.

For the complete 2022 ACRL Chapter election results, visit the Elections section of the ACRL website.


The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for college libraries and librarians. Representing more than 8,500 people and libraries, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) develops programs, products and services to help those who work in academic and research libraries learn, innovate and lead within the university community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning, transforming scholarship, and building diverse and inclusive communities. Find the ACRL on the the Web, Facebook, Twitter, instagramand Youtube.