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Camila Alire

Dr. Camila Alire will speak about “Diversity in Libraries” at UNCG on Monday 17 as part of the continuing lecture series sponsored by the University Libraries and the Department of Library and Information Studies. Dr. Alire, a past president of the Association of College and Research Libraries and REFORMA, is a candidate for president of the American Library Association for 2009-2010. Her lecture will begin at 2 p.m. in the Kirkland Room of the Elliott University Center.

Dr. Alire currently teaches in the Ph.D. program in managerial leadership at Simmons College, Boston, and in the Library & Information Science executive MLIS managerial leadership program at San José State University, CA. She is dean emerita of two ARL (Association of Research Libraries) libraries — the University of New Mexico and Colorado State University. Her professional experience also includes being dean of the Library at the University of Colorado at Denver; assistant to the dean at the Graduate School of Library and Information Management at the University of Denver; director of two community college libraries; information specialist; and a school library director. She holds an MLS from the University of Denver and a doctorate from the University of Northern Colorado.

Dr. Alire has been involved in professional service at the local, state, and national levels having served on the ALA Executive Board, ALA Council, ACRL committees and Board, and REFORMA national president. She served as the 2006 ACRL president.

In addition to a number of journal articles, Dr. Alire has written three books, including, Serving Latino Communities, published in a second edition in 2007.

Dr. Alire’s lecture is the seventh in the ongoing series, which brings lectures or seminars on topics that encourage dialogue about the issues, trends, and developments in librarianship and higher education to an audience of librarians, library staff and information studies students at UNC Greensboro. In October, Kim Armstrong, the Assistant Director, Center for Library Initiatives (CLI), at the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) spoke on “The Impact of the Google Book Project on Libraries.”

Past speakers in the series also include Cathy DeRosa of OCLC, Sarah Michalak of UNC Chapel Hill, David Lankes of Syracuse University, Elizabeth Aversa of the University of Alabama, and Kenneth Crews of IUPUI.