CAMILA A. ALIRE

Dr. Camila A. Alire is currently the Dean of Libraries at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Previously, she was Dean/Director of Libraries at the Auraria Library, University of Colorado at Denver, for six years. Her previous library experience includes serving as the director of the Learning Resource Center at Pikes Peak Community College (Colorado Springs), as an Assistant to the Dean/Instructor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Librarianship and Information Management, and as a Librarian/Information Specialist for Mathematica Policy Research (Denver). Dr. Alire received her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Northern Colorado. She also holds an MLS from the University of Denver.

Dr. Alire's research focuses on library services, specifically library services for Latinos and other minorities. In the past, she and her colleague, Orlando Archibeque, have presented workshops all over the United States on library services to the Latino community. They completed a book entitled Serving Latino Communities, published by Neal-Schumann Press. Dr. Alire recently completed another book, also published by Neal-Schumann, entitled Library Disaster Planning and Recovery Handbook.

In addition to her research, Dr. Alire is an active and long-standing member of several associations, including the American Library Association (ALA), Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL), REFORMA (National Association to Promote Library Services of the Spanish-Speaking), holding the position of President 1994-95, and EDUCAUSE. She is currently a member of ALA Council and has been elected to the ALA Executive Board, 2000. Dr. Alire is also active in her home state of Colorado, where she chaired the Colorado Library Association's Legislative Committee and the Colorado Council on Library Development's Committee on Library Services to Minority Populations. This committee has established a scholarship for MLS students serving minority populations and a statewide mentoring program.

Dr. Alire's contributions to library services have not gone unnoticed. She was chosen to be included in the ALA/ALTA National Advocacy Honor Roll, 2000. In 1999, she was awarded Scholar-in-Residence, Chicago Public Library System. Dr. Alire was awarded the first ALA Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award at the 1997 ALA Annual Conference. She was named by Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the country. In 1995 and 1997, she was selected by the Colorado Library Association (CLA) as the first recipient of the CLA Exemplary Library Services to Ethnic Populations Award. She also received the Mountain Plains Library Association's Legislative Leadership Award. Most recently, she was selected as Chicago Public Library's Scholar-in-Residence.

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