Incoming ALA President Talks Libraries at Benson Collection

President-Elect of the American Library Association (ALA) Camila Alire will present a talk at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12 in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room at the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection. This event is free and open to the public.

The presentation, "Library Advocacy from the Front Line," is sponsored by the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, the School of Information, the university's student chapter of ALA/Texas Library Association (TLA) and REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking.

Alire is dean emerita at the University of New Mexico and Colorado State University, and has served as dean/director of libraries at the University of Colorado at Denver. She is an adjunct professor of practice for Simmons College's Ph.D. program in managerial leadership in the information professions and an adjunct professor at San Jose State University's School of Library and Information Science.

Alire has promised to make advocacy and literacy central initiatives during her tenure, and she will highlight the value of libraries to the burgeoning Hispanic community, a topic that will have prominence in her talk.