American Libraries reports that “Wanda Brown, director of library services at the C. G. O’Kelly Library, Winston-Salem (N.C.) State University has been elected president-elect of the American Library Association (ALA).

Brown received 6,066 votes, while her opponent, Peter Hepburn, head librarian of College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, California, received 4,066 votes.

As ALA president, Brown will be the chief elected officer for the oldest and largest library association in the world. She will serve as president-elect for one year before stepping into her role as president at the close of the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

Upon learning the outcome of the election, Brown remarked, “It is truly an honor to be elected as the next ALA president. I thank you for the opportunity to lead. I look forward to working closely with the membership in advocating for libraries, fostering diversity and inclusion, and demonstrating our profession’s value…”


KnowledgeSpeak reports that “Roger Horton, former CEO of the Taylor & Francis Group, will be appointed as the new Chair of the Board at CABI at its meeting in June 2018. He will succeed Philip Walters MBE who is retiring from the Board having been a non-executive director of CABI for seven years, the last three as Chair. CABI Chief Executive Officer, Dr Trevor Nicholls, is responsible for managing CABI’s affairs and will be directly accountable to Horton as Chair of the Board…


According to UCalgary News “after a broad international search, that Dr. Mary-Jo Romaniuk has been appointed vice-provost (libraries and cultural resources), for a renewable term of five years, effective Sept. 1, 2018.

Dr. Romaniuk joins UCalgary from the University of Manitoba, where she has been university librarian since 2014. Romaniuk is a leader in the field, with a clear understanding of the importance of research libraries to the academy, student experience, innovation and discovery. In her role at University of Manitoba, she initiated master planning to reinvest in their facilities, and worked collaboratively with faculties to reimagine more diverse library spaces. With a focus on user needs, she added technology and new services to create memorable experiences for new and returning students. She encouraged and supported inclusivity, particularly through enhanced programs, services and scholarly dissemination to support Indigenous students…

Prior to working at the University of Manitoba, she was the acting chief librarian at the University of Alberta, where she was awarded a Library Journal Mover and Shaker award by Library Journal for creating a partnership with the Edmonton Public Library to address students’ needs more appropriately. She led data curation and preservation initiatives at the University of Alberta, and was instrumental in the acquisition of the Sam Steele papers. While at University of Alberta, she advocated successfully on behalf of all academic libraries to maintain the funding for the Lois Hole Campus Alberta Digital Library. Romaniuk fosters innovation, creativity, and uses emergent technologies to solve problems and advance strategic directions.

She holds a PhD from Queensland University of Technology, an MLIS from San Jose State University and a BComm with distinction from the University of Saskatchewan…”