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IU Kokomo Library dean serves on state board

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Posted: Thursday, August 30, 2012 9:55 am

Rhonda Armstrong, dean of the Indiana University Kokomo Library, will serve as a leader among her peers this year as a member of the Academic Libraries of Indiana (ALI) Board of Directors.

“It is a humbling honor to be chosen to serve on the state board,” Armstrong said. “It reflects the respect our colleagues have for the IU Kokomo Library.”

During her one-year term, the board will develop a new strategic plan for the organization, and will continue its mission to promote information literacy, as well as teaching people how to find, analyze, and use information.

Chancellor Michael Harris congratulated Armstrong on her appointment.

“Dean Armstrong’s selection is a great testimony to her leadership, and to the exceptional work that is being done at IU Kokomo, and is being recognized statewide,” Harris said.

The ALI supports member libraries by allowing them to purchase materials as a group for a better price than they could get alone, allowing them to use their resources more effectively.

Susan Sciame-Giesecke, executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, said Armstrong’s appointment “is a key strategic position for Armstrong and for IU Kokomo.”

“Our goal is to raise awareness of the need for information literacy skills for people of all ages, from preschool to retirement,” Armstrong said. “The way we find information has changed dramatically, thanks to technology, and we can teach people how to find the best sources of information for their needs.”

In addition, the ALI is a host to conferences and workshops for members to keep up on the latest developments, one of which took place on the IU Kokomo campus in 2011.

ALI is an organization representing all academic libraries in accredited non-profit institutions of higher education in Indiana. The 72 members include major research libraries, law and medical libraries, theological school libraries, and many undergraduate libraries.