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UI Library Associate Professor Elected President of Pacific Northwest Library Association

August 30, 2017

Rick Stoddart, associate professor and education librarian at the University of Idaho, was elected president of the Pacific Northwest Library Association (PNLA) earlier this month.

Founded in 1909, PNLA is made up of over 200 library professionals from Alaska, Idaho, Montana and Washington, and Alberta, British Columbia. It is the oldest regional library association in the United States.

Stoddart has served as a librarian for 13 years and at UI in his current position since 2014. Prior to UI, he worked at Oregon State University, Boise State University and Georgia Southwestern State University.

“I am excited to assume the role of Pacific Northwest Library Association president. PNLA is an organization that has been dear to me since I first became a librarian. I located my first library job in Idaho because of PNLA,” Stoddart said. “Now it is my turn to step up to give back to PNLA.”

He has been a PNLA member since 2006 and held various PNLA leadership roles prior to being elected president this year, including vice president-elect in 2016-17. He will also serve a third year on the PNLA Board of Directors as past-president in 2018-19.

“During my presidency, I am looking to give voice to our rural and small libraries; celebrate the literature of Native American and indigenous peoples in the PNLA region; and better leverage the association's international aspect,” Stoddart said.

According to Stoddart, PNLA is an important professional library organization in the Pacific Northwest that provides a unique regional and multinational perspective to issues library staff care about including:  intellectual freedom, literacy, continuing education, and library leadership. In addition, The PNLA sponsors the popular Young Reader’s Choice Award, which started in 1940 and continues to be the longest running children’s choice book award. 

Stoddart received his Bachelor of Arts in sociology from University of Montana in 1995. He also has a Master of Science in library science and a Master of Arts in communications studies from University of Alabama. In 2015, he earned his doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Boise State University. Currently, he is also serves as president of the nonprofit Latah County Library Foundation in Moscow.

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