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Simon Fraser University’s Karen Munro Chosen ACRL Vice-President/President-Elect

(via Mary Ellen Davis, ACRL Executive Director)

Karen Munro, associate dean of libraries, learning, and research services at Simon Fraser University, has been elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect. She will become president-elect following the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans and assume the presidency in July 2019 for a one-year term.

“I am honored and excited to follow in the footsteps of all those who have served as leaders of ACRL,” Munro said. “ACRL has been my professional home for sixteen years, and I expect the next three years to be particularly challenging, interesting, and potent as I learn about and contribute to the work happening at all levels of the association. I want to express my deep gratitude to everyone who made this an enjoyable and illuminating candidacy process, and I look forward to serving the association in this new role.”

Munro’s service to ACRL includes serving as chair of the ACRL Sections Council (2008-09), as ex-officio member of the ACRL Research Coordinating Committee (2008-09), and as cochair of the ACRL Conference Planning Green Component Committee (2007-09).

“I am delighted to welcome Karen Munro to the ACRL Board of Directors,” said ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen K. Davis. “Karen brings to the Board a broad engagement across ACRL and a variety of experiences with state and regional associations. Her interests in teaching and learning, meeting users at their point of need, and sustainability will be a great asset to the Board and ACRL as a whole.”

Munro received the University of Oregon Libraries Solari Incentive Award (2014). She additionally received a UC-Berkeley Townsend Center for the Humanities Fellowship (2007); a UC-Berkeley Mellon Library/Faculty Fellowship on Undergraduate Research (2006); the University of British Columbia/British Columbia Library Association, Neal Harlow Prize (2002); a University of British Columbia Graduate Fellowship (2001); a North American Serials Interest Group Student Grant Award (2001); and a Canadian Library Association, HW Wilson Scholarship (2000).

Her publications include “Tactical Urbanism for Librarians” (ALA Editions, 2017); “Energy Efficiency in the LMS: Faculty Evaluations of a Sustainable Embedded Model,” coauthored by Amy Hofer for “Virtually Embedded: Case Studies of Online Embedded Librarianship” (ACRL 2013); and “Research for Design: Exploring Student and Instructor Attitudes Toward Accessing Library Resources and Services from Course Management Systems,” coauthored by Merinda McLure, for Communications in Information Literacy (2010).

Munro earned her MLIS from the University of British Columbia, an MFA in writing from the University of Iowa, and her BA in English Literature from McGill University.

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