Kara Malenfant

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User Name
Kara Malenfant
Organization
American Library Association

Bio

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I began my position at ACRL in fall of 2005 after working for 6 years at DePaul University Libraries in Chicago. I served as a reference librarian and history bibliographer and also developed a university-wide information and referral service. At ACRL, I work with librarians in all types of academic libraries to foster new forms of scholarly communication that are more responsive to the needs of the academy. I represent ACRL in working with other library and scholarly organizations to bring about positive change in the system of scholarly communication. I coordinate ACRL’s legislative initiative, developing strategies to influence legislation affecting academic and research libraries, and ACRL's environmental scanning efforts. I have been an active member of ACRL and served as chair of ACRL’s International Relations Committee from 2003-2005. Prior to my experience as a librarian, I worked in Washington for the Armenian Assembly of America as the assistant director of grassroots advocacy and as a development assistant. I served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the first group posted to the Republic of Armenia. I hold a BA in English from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, and an MS in library science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I am currently pursuing a PhD in leadership and change at Antioch University.