ATG People in the News 7/29/15

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Hildreth, Wong running for 2016-19 ALA treasurer

Susan H. Hildreth, executive director of the Califa Group, Pacific Library Partnership, Peninsula Library System and administrator of the NorthNet Library System in San Mateo, California, and Patricia M. (Patty) Wong, county librarian and chief archivist of the Yolo County Library in Woodland, California, are the candidates for treasurer of the American Library Association (ALA) for 2016-2019.

A member of ALA since 1973, Hildreth is past president of the Public Library Association (PLA) and has served as a member of the PLA Board of Directors and an at-large member of the ALA Council. She is a member of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies. She also was active in the LAMA (now the Library Leadership and Management Association or LLAMA) Buildings and Equipment Section and is a long-time member of the California Library Association, which she served as president and treasurer. She was also active in the New Jersey Library Association in the 1970s.

Hildreth has recently concluded her four-year appointment as director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), where she oversaw grant programs and initiatives that have resulted in $857,241,000 in financial support for libraries and museums and increased the visibility of libraries in the federal government and nationally. Previous positions include Seattle City librarian, California state librarian, city librarian of San Francisco and deputy director of the Sacramento Public Library, where she was responsible for multi-million dollar budgets…

Patty Wong has been an ALA member since 1984. Since then she has served several terms on ALA Council both as an at-large councilor and California Chapter councilor and served on the ALA Executive Board from 2001-2004. She served as chair of the Budget Analysis and Review Committee (BARC) and has held numerous committee positions, including co-chairing four ALA presidential initiatives.

Wong served on many committees for the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), the Public Library Association (PLA) and LLAMA and participated on many awards and scholarship committees, including Spectrum.

In addition to her ALA committee service, Wong has held positions with the California Library Association and has served as treasurer of the California County Librarians Association and the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY). She has also served as the president of the California Chapter of the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) and president of the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA). She is a life member of REFORMA and BCALA and a contributing member of EMIERT and GLBTRT

2015-07-24_20-57-33According to InfoDOCKET “The Orbis Cascade Alliance announced on July 16 that John F. Helmer, executive director of the Alliance, will retire from his position in March 2016. Helmer has been a part of the Alliance since its beginning in 1993 when it was a grant-funded initiative among five Oregon public universities to create a union catalog. He was part of the team that wrote the founding grant, and then he proceeded to hire staff, oversee system implementation and launch the consortium.

Before being hired as the consortium’s first executive director in 1999, Helmer was head of library systems at the University of Oregon and served in an administrative role for the consortium for several years. That early organization, known as Orbis, steadily added members and expanded into new services areas, and later merged with Cascade, a sister library consortium created by Washington’s public universities, to become the Orbis Cascade Alliance. The Alliance incorporated in 2011, and Helmer became the corporation’s chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors…

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