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Camila Alire

Camila Alire is an American Librarian and was President of the American Library Association from 2009–2010.[1] Alire is Dean Emerita at the University of New Mexico[2] and Colorado State University. She is also the former Dean of Libraries at the University of Colorado at Denver. She has served as a Professor of Practice for Simmons College’s PhD program in Managerial Leadership in the Information Professions and as adjunct professor at San Jose State University Executive MLIS program.[3]

Camila Alire
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Alire in 2010
Nationality American
Occupation Librarian
Known for President of the American Library Association

In 2012 President Barack Obama appointed Alire as a member of the National Council on the Humanities.[4] Her appointment began on January 7, 2013 and will expire on January 26, 2018.[5]


"Management Basics" with G.Edward Evans. ALA Editions (2013).

  • "Academic Librarianship" with G. Edward Evans. Neal-Schuman (2010) ISBN 1555707025
  • Serving Latino Communities(Rev. ed.). Monograph co-authored with Jacqueline Ayala. Neal-Schumann Publishing (2007) ISBN 1555706061[6]
  • Academic Librarians as Emotional Intelligence Leaders. Monograph co-authored with Peter Hernon and Joan Giesecke. Westport, Connecticut: Libraries Unlimited, (2007). ISBN 1591585139
  • Charting our Future: Advocating to Advance Academic Libraries in College and Research Libraries News. Vol. 55, No. 8, September 2005.
  • Ask Camila [Alire]: It Can Be Done! Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine, November 7, 2005.
  • “The Library Professional” in Perspectives, Insights & Priorities: 17 Leaders Speak Freely of Librarianship.(Norman Horrocks, ed.) (Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, Inc.), 2005. ISBN 0810853558
  • “Two Intriguing Practices to Library Management Theory: Common Sense and Humanistic Applications,” Library Administration and Management, Vol. 18, No. 1, 2004.
  • “The Silver Lining: Recovering from the Shambles of a Disaster,” Journal of Library Administration, Vol. 38, No. 1 and 2, 2003.
  • “The New Beginnings Program: A Retention Program for Junior Faculty of Color,” Journal of Library Administration, Vol.33, No. 1 and 2, 2001.
  • “Diversity and Leadership: The Color of Leadership,” Journal of Library Administration, Vol.32,Nos.3/4, 2001.
  • Research Libraries in Colorado “Create Change. In ARL: A Bimonthly Report on Research Library
  • "Issues and Actions from ARL, CNI, and SPARC," August, 2000. Co-authored with Jim Williams.
  • Library Disaster Planning and Recovery Handbook, Neal-Schuman Publishing Company, New York, (Editor) 2000. Wrote four chapters.
  • Serving Latino Communities. Monograph co-authored with Orlando Archibeque. Neal-Schumann Publishing Co., 1998.
  • Ethnic Populations: A Model for Statewide Services, (28) American Libraries, November 1997: 38-40.
  • Mentoring On My Mind: It Takes a Family to Graduate a Minority Library Professional, (28) American Libraries, November 1997: 41. Hispanic Business Magazine, October 1997
  • Recruitment and Retention of Librarians of Color: The Future.” In Creating Our Future: Essays on Librarianship. (Sally Reed, ed.) (Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Co.), 1996.
  • Equal Access for All: A Reaction to ‘A Nation Connected, In Envisioning a Nation Connected. (Betty Turock, ed.) (Chicago: ALA), 1996.
  • Changing a Library Services Faculty Model: The Major & Minor (M & M) Approach, In ACRL National Conference Proceedings, 1995. Co-authored.
  • Recruitment of Minority Personnel in Libraries. In Culture Keepers II. Unity Through Diversity, Presentation, Conference Proceedings of the Second National Conference of African American Librarians. (Westwood, MA: Faxon), September 1995.
  • Minorities and the Symbolic Potential of the Academic Library: Stewardship and Management Beyond Paternalism, College and Research Libraries, (56) November 1995: 509-517. Co-authored.
  • Library Services to Ethnic Minority Populations - Long Range Plan, ERIC ED366 338. (Editor), August 1993.
  • Futures: The Continued Search for Excellence, In Community College Libraries: A Pattern Of Excellence, (Roseanne Kalich, ed.). (Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press), 1992.
  • Collection Evaluation: ‘Where’s the Beef' in Community College Library Collections? In Community College Reference Services, (William Katz, ed.). (Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press), 1992.
  • Libraries, Lobbying, and Legislative Issues, Colorado Libraries (18/4), December 1992: 4-5. (Guest Editor).
  • The Community College Library’s Role in the Recruitment and Retention of Minority Students, Colorado Libraries, (17/3) September 1991: 5-8.
  • If You Don’t Know Which Road to Take, Any Road Will Get You There, Colorado Libraries, (17/3) September 1991: 20-21.
  • Education of Library Personnel, Colorado Libraries, September 1988. (Guest Editor).
  • CLA Human Resources Directory, Colorado Library Association, 1987. (Editor).
  • “Information and Library Technician Curriculum for Paraprofessionals,” Colorado Libraries, June 1987.
  • Needs Analysis for Designing an Information/Library Technician Curriculum for Pikes Peak Community College, Community and Junior College Libraries, Summer 1986.


  1. ^ ""ALA 2010: A First-Ever Advocacy Rally During a Conference"". Library Journal. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  2. ^ ""Camila Alire Named UNM Dean of Library Services". University of New Mexico. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Archived Site - About Camila". Alire - ALA Past-President. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  4. ^ White House (June 28, 2012)
  5. ^ "National Council on the Humanities". National Endowment for the Humanities. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  6. ^ ""Latino Literary Contributions"". National Public Radio. Retrieved 22 January 2016.

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