Meet the ACRL Presidents: Maureen Sullivan

Over the course of ACRL’s 75th anniversary celebration, we’ll highlight the association’s history by profiling our past presidents. Maureen Sullivan is the Professor of Practice and Organization Development Consultant at the School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College and served as ACRL President from 1998-1999.


1. Three words to describe your ACRL presidency: Focused strategic leadership

2. What is your most enduring memory of your presidential year? Conversations with then AASL President Sharon Coatney about the mutual responsibility librarians in K-12 and higher education have to help students learn. I recall the two of us agreeing that only “3 months separate the students in the two categories.”

3. What are you most proud of accomplishing during your presidential year and why? Establishment of what was initially the ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute, now called the Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians, in partnership  with the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

4. Any advice for future ACRL presidents? Take every opportunity to collaborate with the other division presidents. Focus on how ACRL members can lead on their campuses and in higher education.  Engage a variety of members in the work. Build upon the work of your predecessors.