Meet the ACRL Presidents: Barbara J. Ford

Barbara J. FordOver the course of ACRL’s 75th anniversary celebration, we’ll highlight the association’s history by profiling our past presidents. Barbara J. Ford served as ACRL President from 1990-1991.

1. Three words to describe your ACRL presidency: Exciting, educational, challenging.

2. What is your most enduring memory of your presidential year? Working with friends and colleagues to move ACRL forward as we built on programs of past leaders, established new partnerships in higher education, worked with other ALA units, and hired a new executive director (Althea Jenkins).

3. What are you most proud of accomplishing during your presidential year and why? Establishing a standing committee on racial and ethnic diversity, increasing the size of ACRL committees to expand opportunities for involvement, and having the first annual ACRL leadership conference. An educated diverse informed membership is essential for a strong and effective ACRL and these activities focused on strengthening the involvement of members.

4. Any advice for future ACRL presidents? Remember that most issues are not new. During my presidency topics included measuring academic library performance, information literacy, guidelines for extended campus library services, recruitment of under-represented minorities, paraprofessionals, national academic library statistics, and the first woman editor of College & Research Libraries. While we have made progress, all these topics are still being discussed 25 years later!