James G. Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia University, has been elected Treasurer of the American Library Association for 2010-2013.
As Treasurer, Neal will provide leadership for Association financial and budgetary policies and directions, working with the Executive Board and Council, and with the Endowment Trustees. The Treasurer is an advocate for ALA, the profession of librarianship, and libraries across the U.S. and the world.
"It is a deep honor to be elected by the members of ALA to serve as Treasurer over the next three years, and to have the opportunity to work with member leaders and outstanding staff to advance our professional aspirations and impact," Neal stated.
The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, founded in 1876 and with over 62,000 librarians and library supporters as members. Its core mission is to promote the highest quality library and information services and public access to information.
Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 10 million volumes, over 100,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 22 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 550 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources: library.columbia.edu.