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July 2006

Welcome to my web site.

I was honored and humbled by my election as President of the American Library Association—the oldest and largest library association in the world.  My term ended in June of this year and I am now Immediate Past President and member of the ALA Executive Board until June 2007.  I was glad that my term of office culminated in the 2006 Annual Conference in New Orleans—in so many ways one of the most successful Annual Conferences I remember and one that raised ALA’s profile in the media and to the public at large to stratospheric heights.  I am proud to have been part of the decision to hold our conference in New Orleans and to play our part in the beginning of the recovery of that storm-wracked city and region.

My presidential year was at all times interesting and not seldom exhilarating.  Most people know that the few powers of an ALA President are transient and each incumbent can hope, at best, to raise issues, to influence discussion, and to represent this great Association as best she or he can.  I have tried to do all three. 

As I prepare to shuffle off the ALA stage, I am also preparing to retire from my job at California State University, Fresno.  I will cease to be Dean of Library Services here at the end of December 2006. I am looking forward to a new phase of life and hope to remain professionally engaged for as long as my “sell-by:” date is in the future, not the past.

All the best,



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