New Leadership at Network of Alabama Academic Libraries

Ronald P. Leonard has been named director of the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries (NAAL), a member-governed consortium of Alabama’s public and private non-profit four-year colleges and universities, which is based in the Alabama Commission on Higher Education.  

Ron Leonard

Leonard comes to Alabama from Decatur, Georgia where he was marketing coordinator of DeKalb County Public Library.

Previously, he worked for more than 12 years at LYRASIS, a membership cooperative for libraries.  During that time he worked with libraries throughout the southeast as trainer, membership and marketing coordinator.

He began a career in library science working in the University of Kentucky’s Agriculture Library and the Center for Applied Energy Research Library, a special library affiliated with the university.

“I am pleased to welcome Mr. Leonard to our staff to continue the outstanding work that has been done through NAAL,” said Alabama Commission on Higher Education Executive Director Gregory G. Fitch. “Through the collaborative efforts of NAAL participants, students have access to exemplary library services in Alabama”.

Leonard holds a Master of Science in Library Science degree from the University of Kentucky and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Western Kentucky University. 

As a member of the American Library Association, he has served as chairman of the ASCLA membership committee and was actively involved with the Georgia Library Association, having served as chairman of the Government Relations committee. 

In 1984, the Alabama legislature funded NAAL to coordinate a statewide program to strengthen and share library resources supporting graduate education and research.  Since then, the program has expanded to improve library services for all Alabamians. 

For more information:
Margaret M. Gunter
(334) 242-2204
Alabama Commission on Higher Education

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