Dean Sara Baron speaks at two national library conferences; Is inaugurated Vice-President/President-Elect of the Catholic Library Association

University Library Dean Sara Baron was selected for two peer-reviewed professional presentations at library conferences this spring. The Association of College and Research Libraries held its biannual conference in Philadelphia from March 30 to April 2. Dean Baron presented research findings from her dissertation in a talk entitled “The role of professional identity in building relationships between library and IT units” to roughly 100 attendees.

The Catholic Library Association held its annual convention in New Orleans from April 26 to April 29. Dean Baron’s presentation on “Social networking for bookworms: Using LibraryThing to connect, catalog, and converse,” was attended by close to 50 librarians and Catholic school educators from around the country. After 15 years as an active member of the Catholic Library Association, including the last two years as a member of the Executive Board, Baron was elected by the Association’s membership to serve as the Vice-PresidentPresident-Elect. An Inauguration Mass for new officers was held at historic St. Patrick’s Church in New Orleans on April 28, 2011.