John W. Berry (librarian)

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John W. Berry
President of the American Library Association
In office
Preceded byNancy C. Kranich
Succeeded byMaurice J. Freedman
Personal details
Born1947 (age 72–73)

John W. Berry (born 1947)[1] is an American librarian. Berry served as president of the American Library Association from 2001 to 2002, leading the profession's response to the Children's Internet Protection Act.[2]

Education and career[edit]

Berry received his Master of Arts in Teaching in 1971 and his Master of Library Science in 1974 from Indiana University.[3] He began his career in Illinois in 1980 at the Northern Illinois University libraries.[4]

He served as executive director of the American Library Association's Library Leadership and Management Association from 1985 to 1989.[5]

Berry was the director of advancement and research associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 1990 to 1996.[5]

He served as the executive director of the Network of Illinois Learning Resources in Community Colleges (NILRC) for almost 15 years, managing a consortium of fifty colleges and universities.[6] He has also held faculty and management positions at Northern Illinois University, Elmira College, and Indiana University.[5]

Berry is a professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University, where his courses have included "Great Libraries and Their Collections," International Librarianship, Literacy and Library Involvement and a doctoral seminar on visual literacy.[7] In 2010 he was elected chairman of the board of directors of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park, Illinois.[8] In 2013, Berry was appointed to the board of trustees of the American Library in Paris to represent the American Library Association.[7]

Library leadership and recognition[edit]

During his administration as president of the American Library Association (ALA) from 2001 to 2002, Berry's focal points were on library recruitment of strong leaders and bridging the digital divide.[6][3] He also led an ALA visit to Cuba in 2001 and worked with the Laura Bush Foundation to promote the profession of librarianship.[9]

He was president of the Freedom to Read Foundation from 2005 to 2007.[10]

Berry was named the 2009 Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year[4] and in February 2011 was inducted as an Illinois Library Luminary Honoree by the Illinois Library Association.[6]


  1. ^ "Name Authority Record – John W. Berry". Library of Congress. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  2. ^ Clark, Larra (27 March 2002). "ALA presents expert testimony on filter failures at CIPA trial". American Library Association. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Access, Recruitment, Electronic Outreach Priorities For ALA President-Elect and SLIS Alumnus, John W. Berry". SLIS Network Alumni Newsletter. 8 December 2000. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Berry Named Academic Librarian of the Year". IACRL Journal. Illinois ACRL Chapter. 32 (2). 2009. CiteSeerX
  5. ^ a b c Berry, John W. (19 June 2001). A Conversation with Thomas Jefferson (PDF). American Library Association.
  6. ^ a b c "Illinois Library Luminary Honorees". Illinois Library Association. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Past President John W. Berry appointed ALA representative to the Board of Trustees of the American Library in Paris". American Library Association. 17 September 2013. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  8. ^ "John W. Berry Elected Chairman of The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park". The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park blog. 18 May 2010. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  9. ^ "John W. Berry Papers". University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  10. ^ "Presidents of the Freedom to Read Foundation". Freedom to Read Foundation. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Nancy C. Kranich
President of the American Library Association
Succeeded by
Maurice J. Freedman