Spring 2008 Panel Discussion


Thursday, January 24th 2008

The broad topic of the panel discussion is: How will academic libraries and librarians adapt to the rise of a corporate values system that stresses bottom line results from every department? Academic libraries cost a lot of money, yet do not produce measurable results in terms of FTE, learning outcomes, or fund-raising. How can we survive and eventually thrive? What will be the long term effects on our own professional identities as librarians?

Each panelist will make a 15-20 minute presentation. Afterwards, the panel discussion moderator (Michael Matthews) will direct questions, previously collected from ACRL-LA members via email, to each of the speakers.  After 30 minutes, the floor will be opened up for general questions and discussion by the speakers.

Moderator's (Michael Matthews') questions to panelists Sorry, IE only


Dr. Julie Todaro


ImageDr. Julie Todaro is ACRL National President and Dean for Library Services at the Austin Community College in Austin, Texas

Her experience includes academic library manager for 25 years, public librarian for seven years, and all-level school librarian certification. In addition, she has library education experience (management, public libraries, marketing and advocacy coursework) from the University of Michigan, Texas Woman's University and the University of Texas at Austin. She is the "The Truth is Out There," columnist for the Library Association of Management and Administration Journal (1997–present,) writes the quarterly column "Nothing But Net" for Haworth's Community and Junior College Libraries (1996 to the present;) and has a number of other publications including "A Bibliography of Traditional and Web-based Library Career Resources," Compiled with Jan E. Hayes, Chicago: ALA, Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment, August 2000; "Top Ten Most Important Elements of Customer Service." in School Library Journal May, 1995; Facilitating Groups. American Library Association: Chicago, ILL: 1992; "The Role of the LRC in Developmental and Literacy Education." in The Role of the Learning Resources Center in Instruction." San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Inc., 1990 with Dorothy Martinez; "Changing Children's Environments." Illinois Libraries 58 December 1978: 903-908; and, co-author (with Mark Smith) of Training Library Staff and Volunteers to Provide Extraordinary Customer Service (Neal-Schuman, July 2006)

Julie is a consultant in the areas of management and organizational development and 21st century librarianship including: strategic planning; organizational design and effectiveness; budgeting; professional development and continuous learning; community partnerships; customer service and information literacy. She presents workshops for academic, public, special and school librarians including: "Staffing Issues for the 21st Century: Managing and Working in the Libraries of Tomorrow;" "Integrating Learning with Work: Designing the 21st Century Learning Library;" "21st Century Organizational Effectiveness;" "Collaborating, Partnering, Cooperating: The Good, the Bad and the Future;" "Cutting Edge Redux: New and "Used" Programs and Services with a 21st Century Spin" and "Incorporating Outcomes into Library Measurement and Assessment."

 Dr. Julie Todaro's Presentation and Handout

Dr. Thomas Armstrong

Dr. Thomas Armstrong is Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at  LSU-Alexandria.

Dr. Armstrong came to LSU-Alexandria from TennesseeWesleyan College in Athens, Tenn., where he served as president. He previously served as provost and senior vice president of Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, provost and history professor at Francis Marion UniversityFlorence, S.C., and dean of the School of Arts and Sciences of Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Ga.

 As vice chancellor for academic affairs, Armstrong serves as chief academic officer for the university. His duties include leadership, planning, supervision and coordination of the College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Professional Studies, as well as their academic departments. He also supervises the departments of Continuing Education, Student Services, Enrollment Services and Library Services.


Dr. Armstrong's Presentation

Dr. Armstrong's Handout

John T. Landry

John T. Landry, CFRE, is Director of Development at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. 

As Director of Development, he is responsible for coordinating all fundraising activities conducted by and on behalf of the University. Beginning in 1996, he directed the University’s staff and volunteers in its successful Investing in Our Future Centennial Campaign, which exceeded its $75 million goal. Since the creation of the University’s development office in 1991, the University’s gifted assets and pledges have grown from $19 million to approximately $150 million.

Active in professional development activities, he is a member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the Association of Christian Development Professionals (ACDP ) and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). He has earned the designation of Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).  He was a charter member of the Greater New Orleans Council of the National Committee on Planned Giving and is a member of the National Association of Athletic Development Directors ( NAADD ). He is past president of the Planned Giving Council of Acadiana and also served as co-chair of the Leave A Legacy of Acadiana Committee. He has presented and consulted on the subject of philanthropy throughout the South and has published in nationally distributed journals. In 2006 he was honored by the Greater Baton Rouge Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals with the Outstanding Professional Fundraiser Award.

John T. Landry's powerpoint presentation Sorry, IE only :-(

John T. Landry's Handouts