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According to ALANews “James G. (Jim) Neal, university librarian emeritus at Columbia University, New York, has filed as a petition candidate for the 2017-18 presidency of the American Library Association.

Neal served as the vice president for information services and university librarian at Columbia from 2001-14. He holds an MSLS and an MA in history from Columbia and a BA in Russian studies from Rutgers University. He also holds a certificate in advanced librarianship from Columbia.

An ALA member since 1976, Neal has held numerous leadership positions throughout ALA and its divisions. He is currently completing his second term on the ALA executive board as an at-large member and served as the 2010-13 ALA treasurer. He has also served as a member-at-large on ALA council, 1994-2001. His ALA committee service includes the Budget Analysis and Review Committee (BARC), Endowment Trustees and various others. Neal’s division experience includes serving as president of the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) 1992-93, as well as multiple committees within the Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL), including chair of the 2017 national conference in Baltimore…”

Also according to ALAnews “United States Senator Cory Booker — known for being innovative and widely recognized as the accessible and energetic new voice of politics — will join ALA President Sari Feldman as speaker during her President’s Program at ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston. This program, in partnership with the ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, will take place from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10.

Senator Cory Booker is deeply connected to the people he serves and their daily challenges and makes the case through his work, and in his forthcoming book “United,” that connection and compassion must guide our nation toward a brighter future. He chose to live in the projects of blighted Newark, New Jersey and on food stamps in order to better understand the experience of poor families and took Hurricane Sandy victims into his own home. As mayor of Newark from 2006 to 2013, he was the public face of a city that had gone years without positive national attention and became the first black Senator from New Jersey in 2013. As Senator, he has been persistent and put partisanship aside, bringing people together to get things done for his state, including a focus on creating new jobs and addressing the economic squeeze facing the middle-class. Join us to hear his insights on economic growth, civic engagement, individual opportunity and community progress…”

ARL News reports that “Larry Alford, chief librarian at University of Toronto, began a one-year term as president of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) on Wednesday, October 7, 2015, during the Association’s Fall 2015 Meeting in Washington, DC. Alford succeeds Deborah Jakubs, the Rita DiGiallonardo Holloway university librarian and vice provost for library affairs at Duke University, as ARL president. Jakubs continues to serve as a member of both the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee as past president.

Also on October 7, the Association’s membership ratified the Board’s election of Mary Case, university librarian and dean of libraries at University of Illinois at Chicago, as ARL vice president/president-elect…

KnowledgeSpeak reports that  “Karen Bartleson, Senior Director of Corporate Programs and Initiatives, Synopsys, Mountain View California, USA has been selected as the 2016 IEEE President-Elect.

Pending acceptance of the IEEE Teller’s Committee report by the IEEE Board of Directors on 22-23 November, Bartleson will begin serving as IEEE President on January 1, 2017. She will succeed 2016 IEEE President Barry L. Shoop, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York, USA.

The other candidate for 2016 IEEE President-Elect was Frederick “Fred” Mintzer, IBM (retired), Yorktown Heights, New York, USA (nominated by IEEE Board of Directors). Of the members who voted, 22,367 selected Karen Bartleson, 17,887 selected Frederick “Fred” C. Mintzer.