[Libs-Or] Fwd: [alacro-l] Tracie D. Hall Named New ALA Executive Director

OLA President olapresident at olaweb.org
Wed Jan 15 09:46:53 PST 2020

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From: Michael Dowling <mdowling at ala.org>
Date: Wed, Jan 15, 2020 at 8:04 AM
Subject: [alacro-l] Tracie D. Hall Named New ALA Executive Director
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On behalf of the Executive Board, I’m delighted to announce that Tracie D.
Hall will become the American Library Association’s new executive director
on February 24, 2020. Her unique combination of philanthropy and library
know-how position her to be the leader ALA needs today. She is optimistic,
energizing, and innovative, qualities that will serve the association well
as it continues its investments in advocacy, development, and information

And she’ll have a helping hand during the transition, as Mary W. Ghikas,
who has worked for ALA since 1995 and served as executive director since
January 2018, will continue to serve in the role of deputy executive
director through June.

It’s truly a thrill to welcome Tracie back to the ALA family. As some of
you may know, she was among the first cohort of Spectrum Scholars in 1998
and served as the Director of the Office of Diversity from 2003-2006.

Tracie’s background is impressive indeed. She comes to us most recently
from the Chicago-based Joyce Foundation, where, since 2016, she has been
developing new grant programs—such as the Spark Grant for artists with the
Chicago Artists Coalition and the Equity in the Arts Seed Grant initiative
with the South East Chicago Commission (SECC)—designed to catalyze and
scale neighborhood-based arts venues, cultural programming and creative
entrepreneurship. She has also co-designed leadership and workforce
development initiatives such as the Arts Leaders of Color Fellowship with
Americans for the Arts (AFTA), Re-Tool 21, and the Creative Lab for
Cultural Leaders with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; she also
conceived of and helped launch the Black Dance Legacy Project uniting some
of Chicago’s premier dance companies in partnership with the Reva and David
Logan Center for the Arts. While at Joyce, Tracie has also served in
several national arts leadership capacities in board roles, on awards
panels, and as an advisor. Tracie was appointed to serve on the City of
Chicago’s Cultural Advisory Council at the beginning of 2020.

Tracie started her career directing shelters and transitional housing for
homeless youth and then took a position in youth services at the Seattle
Public Library, where she notes she “fell deeply in love with libraries.”
In 1998 she became part of the first cohort of Spectrum Scholars, a
then-new program to diversify librarianship, completing her MLIS at the
University of Washington. After working at the New Haven Free and Hartford
Public Libraries, she would go on to become the second director of ALA’s
Office for Diversity in 2003, where she administered the Spectrum program
and became a visible and well-regarded leader, speaking nationally;
delivering diversity, equity and inclusion trainings; commissioning and
co-authoring *Diversity Counts*, ALA’s first comprehensive study of gender,
race and age in the library profession; and, authoring three successful
IMLS grants to expand the Spectrum Scholarship Program. She left ALA in
2006 to become Assistant Dean of Dominican’s Graduate School of Library and
Information Science.

Tracie brings broad and varied experience to the ALA, having served in
numerous leadership positions inside and outside of the field, including
Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special
Events for the City of Chicago;  Vice President of Strategy and
Organizational Development at Queens Library (NY);  and Community
Investment Strategist and Chicago Community Investor in the Boeing
Company’s Global Corporate Citizenship Division. She has also been a
visiting or adjunct professor in Library and Information Science at
Dominican and Catholic Universities and in Women’s Studies and Swahili at
Southern Connecticut State and Wesleyan Universities, respectively.

In addition to her MLIS from the Information School at the University of
Washington, Tracie holds an MA in International and Area studies with an
emphasis on Sub-Saharan Africa from Yale University and dual bachelor’s
degrees in Law and Society and Black Studies from the University of
California, Santa Barbara. Tracie has also studied at the Universities of
Nairobi and Dar es Salaam in East Africa.

Tracie’s work has earned her numerous leadership and service awards
including two from ALA, the 2006 ALA Staff Award and YALSA Excellence in
Youth Services Award in 1999 for creating Seattle Public Library’s Web
Travelers youth technology camp, a pioneering coding program designed to
prepare youth from low-income families for technology careers. Previously
designated as a *Library Journal* “Mover and Shaker,” Tracie is an active
writer and speaker on topics spanning service innovation and racial equity
in librarianship, arts administration and the creative economy, as well
social justice.

Tracie becomes 10th executive director and 24th chief staff officer of the
143-year-old association.

Many thanks go to the members of the ALA Executive Director Search
Committee, including Chair Courtney L. Young, university librarian, Colgate
University, Hamilton, N.Y.; ALA Executive Board Rep., Tamika Barnes,
department head, Perimeter Library Services at Georgia State University,
Dunwoody, Ga.; ALA Executive Board Rep., Trevor Dawes, vice provost,
Libraries and Museums and May Morris University librarian, University of
Delaware, Newark, Del.; ALA Budget Analysis and Review Committee (BARC)
Rep., Carl A. Harvey II, assistant professor, School Librarianship,
Longwood University, Farmville, Va.; ALA At-Large Councilor Rep., Peter
Hepburn, head librarian, College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, Calif.;
Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC) Rep., Dora Ho, young adult
librarian, Los Angeles Public Library; ALA Staff Liaison Rep., Daniel
Hoppe, associate executive director, ALA Human Resources, Chicago; ALA
Chapter Councilors Rep., Susan Jennings, dean of library services,
Chattanooga (Tenn.) State Community College; ALA Round Tables Rep., Charles
Kratz, dean of library and information fluency, University of Scranton
(Pa.) Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Memorial Library; ALA Staff Rep., Barb
Macikas, executive director, Public Library Association, Chicago; ALA
Divisions Rep., James (Jim) Neal, university librarian emeritus, Columbia
University, New York; ALA Staff Rep., Sheila O'Donnell, director, ALA
Development Office, Chicago; ALA Emerging Leaders Rep., Melissa Stoner,
Native American studies librarian, Ethnic Studies Library, University of
California, Berkeley, Calif.; and ALA Divisions Rep., Steven Yates,
assistant director, University of Alabama College of Communication and
Information Science, Tuscaloosa, Ala. We are also grateful for the
assistance of the firm Isaacson, Miller on this successful search.

Best wishes,

Wanda K. Brown

ALA President

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Elaine Hirsch
Oregon Library Association President, 2019-2020
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