Board

The College Library Director Mentoring Program Board includes:

Megan Brooks, 2018-2019 cohort, is Dean of Library Services at Wheaton College in Norton, MA. She previously worked at Mount Holyoke, Wellesley, and Swarthmore Colleges, always at the intersection of research services and academic technology. She earned her MLS from Syracuse University and her BA from the College of St. Benedict. At Wheaton, she is the co-coordinator of the Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums certificate, which helps students develop the knowledge and skills needed for professional success in these fields.

Stephanie Davis-Kahl, 2021-2022 cohort, is the University Librarian & Copyright Officer at The Ames Library at Illinois Wesleyan University. She provides leadership and long-term planning for library services, collections, human resources, and facilities, and serves as liaison to several academic departments, supporting students and faculty through consultations, collection development, and information literacy instruction. She represents the library within Academic Affairs at IWU, and also represents the library within the Consortium of Academic & Research Libraries of Illinois (CARLI) and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL). She earned her BA in East Asian Studies from Oberlin College and her MS in Library Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2014, she received the Distinguished Librarian Award from the Education & Behavioral Sciences Section of the Association of College & Research Libraries. 

GetchellKatherine Furlong is the Executive Director, Research Services & Digital Scholarship at Bucknell University. Previous positions include University Librarian at Susquehanna University, Director, Access and Technical Services at Lafayette College, Instruction Coordinator and Reference Librarian at Gettysburg College, and User Education/Electronic Resources Librarian at the University of Maine at Farmington. She volunteers as an associate director of the MISO Survey. Katherine has participated in the Frye Leadership Institute (2011), the ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute (2006) and the Institute for Information Literacy. She has written and presented extensively on library administration, management and instruction. Katherine’s co-edited book, Letting Go of Legacy Services: Library Case Studies was published by ALA Press in 2014. She has served as president of the local chapter of ACRL and as President of the Board of the Pennsylvania Interlibrary Delivery Service.

GregoryAlison Gregory, 2013-2014 cohort, has been Dean of Libraries and Associate Professor at Marymount University in Arlington, VA, since July of 2018. Prior to that, she was Associate Professor, Associate Dean, and Director of Library Services at Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA, from 2013-2018. Alison has been active in state-level library associations and multiple library consortia. She earned her degrees from Lycoming College (BA in history), Clarion University of Pennsylvania (MSLS), and Marymount University (MS in leadership and management). Her current research interests are in organization development and change management in academic libraries.

Melissa Jadlos, ex officio, program co-director, 2006-07 Cohort, is the Library Director at St. John Fisher University, Rochester, NY. She has been involved with the program since 2011 when she joined the seminar faculty. In 2012, she began co-directing the program with Susan Barnes Whyte.  Melissa has worked in small college libraries for almost her entire career. A brief time with an ARL library convinced her that a smaller library was where she wanted to be. Melissa’s interests include leadership, mentoring, copyright, assessment, and the strategic communication of library value. She has written and presented on these issues locally and nationally. In 2012, she received a Library Journal Mover & Shaker award for her innovative transformation of the library in her first five years as director.

Lisa Johnston, ex officio, program co-director, 2015-16 cohort, is Director of Library Services and Librarian for the Letters Collegium at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL. Before becoming director at Eckerd College in 2015, she served as Associate Director at Sweet Briar College’s Cochran Library where she held a variety of professional positions for 26 years. The highlight of her time at SBC was serving on a design team for the historic restoration/addition to Cochran Library in 2014. In 2013, she served as Assistant Librarian on the Summer’13 voyage of Semester at Sea. Lisa began her career as a Reference Librarian I at Yale University, where she decided to pursue a career path in small liberal arts college where she could have more varied responsibilities, and work more closely with students and faculty.  Lisa has served on the Executive Board of ALAs Rainbow-RT and as an ALA Councilor-at-Large. She has been active in ALA throughout her career serving as Chair of the Stonewall Book Awards in 2011, and as a jury member for RUSA’s Outstanding Reference Books list and Sophie Brody Award. She recently completed a term as Board Member at Large for the Oberlin Group. Her research interests include GLBTQ history and literature and women’s education. She began co-directing the CLDMP with Melissa Jadlos in 2021.

McGrathCheryl McGrath is the Executive Director of Library and Learning at Emerson College, overseeing the Iwasaki Library and the college’s Academic Assessment efforts. She was previously the Director of MacPhaidin Library at Stonehill College where she launched the Digital Innovation Lab, the Library of Things, and oversaw multiple renovations including the DisCo Discovery and Collaboration classroom. Prior to becoming a director Cheryl was the Access Services Librarian at Harvard University and Stanford University. While at Harvard she developed security software used at several university libraries, a carrel seating app, and a registration app. During her time at Stanford she developed the workflows for their new high density storage facility and consulted on the standard operating procedures for the Google Books project. Her first academic library job was at Emerson College where she helped move the library to its current location. Cheryl made lifelong friends thru CLDMP and is excited to continue working with this amazing group of directors.

RiggsDr. Alexia Riggs has over ten years of academic management experience, with a background in technical services and collection management. During her time as a reference librarian, Riggs was trained with other faculty on design thinking principles and discovered the value of collaboration, building community, and the need for outward focus beyond the library. This led to a study completed in 2023 for her dissertation on the value of collaborations between faculty, student affairs, and librarians and their impact on the library. Riggs has developed through training and practice experience in collection development, strategic planning, data governance, building controlled vocabularies, policy and procedural development, and budget planning.  Work experiences include cataloging at Paris Junior College to reference services at Del Mar College. She served as Dean of Libraries at Howard Payne University and as Dean of the Library at Campbell University. She is currently the Director of the A. Frank Smith Library Center at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. Alexia’s research interests are focused on connecting the work of the academic library to the university’s mission. She is passionate about the value of libraries in education, developing ways for libraries to provide and be known for academic excellence.

Joan Ruelle, ex officio, 2003-04 CLDMP cohort, has served as Dean of the Carol Grotnes Belk Library at Elon University since 2012. She was the University Librarian at Hollins University (2003-2012) which received the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award in 2009. Prior to that, she held multiple positions at the University of Virginia. Joan is a graduate of the University of Iowa (MLIS), Mankato State University (MA), and the University of North Dakota (BA)

Tony White, 2012-2013 cohort, has been Director, Purchase College Library, SUNY, since September 2023. Prior to that, he was University Librarian at OCAD University, Toronto, from 2020-2023; Associate Chief Librarian, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015-2020, and Director of the Decker Library, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, 2012-2015. Tony has been active at the state, national, and international levels library associations and multiple library consortia in the United States and Canada. He has earned degrees from Whitman College (BA), The Evergreen State College (BA), The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA), Indiana University Bloomington (MLS), and Columbia University (MS in nonprofit management). His areas of scholarship have focused on library leadership, art librarianship, and the contemporary genre of artists books. Since 2018 he has taught an annual course at the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School titled The History of Artists Books since 1950.