Jim Rettig of the University of Richmond has been elected president of ALA. Can you believe that Erin and I have already had lunch with him? Rettig recently attended Copyright Utopia: Alternative Visions, Methods and Policies, a symposium held by the UMUC Center for Intellectual Property. Erin and I were both working as student volunteers. As we were eating lunch on the last day, Rettig came over and joined us. He was very interested in hearing about our thoughts and concerns as students.
Rettig will serve as vice president/president-elect for one year and take over the presidential role at the close of the 2008 Annual Conference in Annaheim, CA. His list of accomplishments is quite long; here are a few highlights:
- Academic Librarian at the University of Richmond since 1998
- Served on ALA’s Executive Board from 2003 to 2006
- Past President of ALA’s RUSA (Reference and User Services Assoc.)
Chaired ALA’s Committee on Organization (2000-2003) as well as the Publishing Committee (1997-1999)
You can read more about Rettig on his blog, Twilight Librarian.