Megan Gaffney

ALA positions

University Library staff members elected to American Library Association positions

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8:47 a.m., Sept. 27, 2013--The University of Delaware Library has announced that four professional library staff members were elected into office in the American Library Association (ALA).

They are: Megan Gaffney, associate librarian in the Access Services Department; Shelly McCoy, head of the Student Multimedia Design Center; Deborah Ryszka, associate librarian in the Metadata Services Department; and John Stevenson, associate librarian in the Student Multimedia Design Center.

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With over 60,000 members, the American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world.

Gaffney was elected member-at-large on the Reference and User Services Association Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Section (RUSA STARS), a division of the ALA, for a three-year term to run 2013-16. She took office at the ALA Annual Conference in June in Chicago.

RUSA STARS is comprised of professional librarians and practitioners interested in resource sharing and interlibrary loan. STARS is active in developing national standards for resource sharing; conducting research projects to understand and improve interlibrary loan current practices, staffing models and more; and offering continuing education and training opportunities related to resource sharing.

McCoy was elected secretary of the Video Round Table (VRT) of the ALA for a two-year term, 2012-14. She took office at the ALA Annual Conference in June 2012 in Anaheim. 

The VRT addresses issues related to video collections and services in all types of libraries. The VRT interprets “video” to include all formats, analog and digital; multimedia that includes video content; and the network delivery of digital or digitized video.

Ryszka was elected secretary of the Cataloging and Metadata Management Section of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services Cataloging and Metadata Management Section (ALCTS CaMMS), a division of the ALA, for a three-year term, 2013-16. She took office at the ALA Annual Conference in June in Chicago.

ALCTS serves as a leader in the development of principles, standards and best practices for creating, collecting, organizing, delivering and preserving information resources in all types of forms. 

Stevenson was elected to the Nominations Committee of the Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) of the ALA for a two-year term, 2013-15. He took office at the ALA Annual Conference in June in Chicago.

The committee identifies offices to be filled and the requirements for these offices, coordinates the nominating process, recruits candidates and prepares information for the ALA ballot. The committee also coordinates the selection of GODORT's candidates for appointment to the Depository Library Council to the Public Printer. 

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