Thank you to all DLA members who cast their vote.
Vote Now – There are two DLA Executive Board positions to fill for the 2020-21 term year which begins July 2020 (this is typically done in May at the Annual State Conference, however due to the COVID-19 pandemic the State Conference has been postponed).
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Voting ends on June 30, 2020
The two DLA Executive Board positions are:
There is one candidate nominated for the Vice President / President Elect position. There are three candidates running for the ALA Councilor position. Biographies for the four candidates are below:
Nomination for Vice President / President Elect: Jen Wilson
My name is Jen Wilson and I currently serve as a Library Specialist at Delaware Technical Community College, Wilmington campus, and as a Community Service Worker at the Wilmington Public Library. I came to the library field after a decade of working service-oriented roles in music education, administrative support and workforce development. My goals in the field are promoting and protecting social justice, intellectual freedom, and accessibility in our libraries – not just for our patrons, but for our workers as well. In my time at DTCC I’ve been proud to work on projects like diversifying our displays and supporting our librarians and staff in a new effort to promote student input in our acquisitions. I’m a new member of DLA and I appreciate the opportunity to contribute by working with the DEI committee and specifically with Alison Wessel and Tyler Antoine on our statement in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. I would love the continued opportunity to support the DLA in their community building and outreach, and I believe that as a paraprofessional library worker who is relatively new to the field I could bring a unique energy and perspective to the organization.
Nomination for ALA Councilor: Tameca Beckett
Tameca Beckett has been an architect for engagement and catalyst for dialogue within library communities for the past 10 years and hopes to bring her passion for collaboration and experience in public, academic and special libraries to this position. A former Board Member for the National Association of Rural and Small Libraries, Mrs. Beckett holds a Master’s degree of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. Tameca was awarded the American Library Association’s 2014 Emerging Leader Award, Rodel Foundation iEducate Delaware Award and named an Institute of Museum and Library Services and Rare Book School Fellow. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and has held positions in public (Director, Youth Services Librarian) and academic libraries (Reference and Access Services Librarian, Special Collections).
Nomination for ALA Councilor: Angelynn King
I have been Head Librarian at the beautiful Sussex County campus of Delaware Technical Community College for seven years, having previously worked in academic and special libraries in Washington DC, Southern California and Downeast Maine. As a faculty member I wrote for publication, but since moving into administration I primarily write memos. They’re really good memos, though. In fact, I believe my most useful skill in support of the role of ALA Councilor would be my ability to condense large amounts of complex information into clear and concise summaries. I would be happy to be of service.
Nomination for ALA Councilor: Russell Michalak
Russell Michalak, MLIS is the Director of the Library, Archives, & Learning Center at Goldey-Beacom College. He oversees the annual budget, supervises librarians and paraprofessionals, manages the delivery of research, information, instructional services, the tutoring center, and archives. Russell earned his MA in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a BA in History from Occidental College. His current research agenda focuses on library assessment, collection analysis, evaluating educational technology tools, and information literacy-related assessment, with an emphasis on utilizing online training modules to increase students’ information literacy skills and curbing plagiarism. In addition, he has focused on implementing and assessing online onboarding training modules to train and retain employees across many departments across the college. Russell strives to collaborate with colleagues in the institutional research department by presenting, publishing, and facilitating training for faculty with initiatives such as SoTL by Design. He currently serves on several national committees including ACRL’s Leadership Recruitment & Nomination Committee, ACRL’s New Roles & Changing Landscapes Committee, and is the co-convener of ACRL’s Discussion Leadership Group.