Steve chats with Keith Michael Fiels, Executive Director of the American Library Association.
Keith Michael Fiels has served as Executive Director of the American Library Association since 2002. Under his leadership, ALA has established a new Office for Library Advocacy, dramatically expanded the Association’s professional publishing and professional development program, brought thousands of library Friends groups into the Association worked on a major community engagement initiative for libraries and, most recently, established a new ALA Center for the Future of Libraries.
Prior to coming to ALA, he served as Director of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, where he was in charge of state and federal programs for libraries. In Massachusetts, he led efforts to secure over $500 million in state funds for public library reconstruction and access for libraries of all types to shared online resources and networks.
He has also served as President of the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, as the founding director of a library consortium in New Jersey, and as a planning consultant for the New York and New Jersey State Libraries. He has worked as a public and school librarian and as an independent library consultant. He is co-author of a number of books on planning and technology, and has spoken about libraries at hundreds of conferences, workshops and other public events.