2011/12 MLA Election Results
On December 8, 2010, the 2011/12 MLA election results were certified and notarized by Survey and Ballot Systems, MLA’s election contractor. All candidates have been given the results, and MLA thanks everyone who agreed to run. The candidates listed below will assume office at the conclusion of MLA ’11 in Minneapolis.
Jane L. Blumenthal, AHIP, Director, Taubman Health Sciences Libraries, University of Michigan–Ann Arbor
Board of Directors (2011–2014)
Connie Schardt, AHIP, MLA’s 2010/11 immediate past president, will chair the Nominating Committee. Continue reading
This year we have 5 offices to fill. They are as follows:
If you are interested in one of these positions or know someone who you feel would be a good candidate for one of these positions, please let one of the nominating committee members know ASAP.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Your nominating committee:
Lisa Marks, Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
Carol Ann Attwood Attwood.email@example.com
Brooke Billman firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Brown email@example.com
Kathleen Carlson firstname.lastname@example.org
The buzz at the recent Charleston Conference (and practically every other recent conference at which academic librarians have gathered) is a combination of new formats and a new collection development philosophy, shifting from print collections with titles chosen by librarians and faculty to making thousands of e-books available and letting the purchasing choices be made by “patrons”–an old-fashioned term for library users of all stripes, a large contingent of which are undergraduates writing “research papers” that are mostly papers synthesizing other people’s research.
(Though one might think the “research paper” that has little to do with genuine research should have disappeared sometime after 1982, when Richard Larson famously skewered it as a “non-form of writing” that gives authentic research a bad name, but in fact this kind of expository writing from sources is more prevalent than ever. But I digress.)
This new way of building collections emphasizes speed and choice, things that are popular these days. No need to wait for interlibrary loan; just click on the title in a large shopping mall of e-books and you can have what you want right away. One model that’s popular is to enter the e-book options into the library’s catalog. Browsing for a short period of time is free; browsing for a longer period is treated as a rental and the library pays a fee; and if a book is “rented” four times, the library automatically purchases the book. Continue reading