Meet the ACRL Presidents: Frances J. Maloy

Over the course of ACRL’s 75th anniversary celebration, we’ll highlight the association’s history by profiling our past presidents. Frances J. Maloy served as ACRL President from 2004-2005.Maloy

1. Three words to describe your ACRL presidency:  Foundational, creative and collaborative.

2. What is your most enduring memory of your presidential year? Helping libraries and librarians celebrate–their accomplishments, their awards, their growth and development. As President, you are asked to participate in many award ceremonies and during the ACRL Conference year, introduce speakers, congratulate scholarship winners and first-time attendees as well as thank groups like the Friends of ACRL. Being a part of these celebrations is energizing, affirming and fun.

3. What are you most proud of accomplishing during your presidential year and why? Under the previous president, Tyrone Cannon, we completed a strategic plan. Under my presidency, the Board and I began to implement the plan. We set the stage for a sustainable organization by asking the membership to vote for a dues increase. We also looked at our organizational structure and created a process to make changes.

4. Any advice for future ACRL presidents? Our profession is changing so rapidly it is hard for me to imagine all the issues that a future ACRL president may be faced with. The skills and attributes I relied on were listening to all perspectives and creativity to consider alternative strategies and to imagine new outcomes.