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Cranston Public Library Director elected to American Library Association Executive Board

April 16, 2018

The Cranston Public Library (CPL) is excited to announce that Library Director, Edward Garcia, has been elected to the American Library Association's (ALA) Executive Board. The Board consists of the president, president-elect, immediate past president, treasurer, executive director, and eight members elected by the ALA Council from its membership for three-year terms.
 
The American Library Association is a nonprofit organization based in the United States that promotes libraries and library education internationally. It is the oldest and largest library association in the world. The Executive Board provides leadership and vision for ALA and its 58,000+ members.
 
"2018 is my 10th anniversary of becoming a librarian. Our profession awoke a passion for public service that I didn’t know I had. Being a member of ALA has helped me focus that passion. I have gotten so much out of my involvement in ALA, that I want to give back my time, energy & skills in helping our organization".
 
Elections took place at the Annual ALA Midwinter Conference in February 2018. The new members will officially join the Board in July 2018. For more information, please see the press release from ALA here.
 
About Edward Garcia
Edward Garcia has served as Library Director for the Cranston Public Library since March of 2012 and oversees six libraries. He received his MLIS from the University of Rhode Island in 2008. Ed started his library career in 2006 as an intern at the Cranston Public Library. In 2008 he was the Assistant Library Director of the Central Falls Free Library and returned to the Cranston Public Library in 2009 as an Information Access Librarian. Ed was a 2010 American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leader and a 2010 Library Journal  Mover & Shaker. For the past 10 years Ed has served on the Library Board of Rhode Island. He is also serving his third term as Councilor-at-Large on ALA Council and is a Director-at-Large on the Board of Directors of the Reference and Users Services Association (RUSA). He was recently elected to ALA Executive Board. Before starting his career as a Librarian, Ed worked for Sony Music and the American Diabetes Association.