Lorelle Swader Appointed Associate Executive Director, ALA Offices and Member Relations, and the ALA-Allied Professional Association

Join us in congratulating Lorelle R. Swader on her appointment as ALA Associate Executive Director, ALA Offices and Member Relations and ALA-Allied Professional Association.  In this position, Lorelle Swader will provide leadership and management for the ALA Office for Accreditation; Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services; Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment; Office for Intellectual Freedom; ALA Library and Research Center; ALA Public Programs Office; ALA Member Services, including Membership recruitment and retention and the ALA Member and Customer Service Center; and, coordination and liaison for ALA Round Tables.  She will also continue her leadership and management of the ALA-Allied Professional Association, a separate (501)(c)(6) organization focused on the needs of library workers. Taken as a whole, this provides a strong focus on membership recruitment, development and engagement; continuing professional development; and, support for ALA mission and values.

Lorelle Swader has been with the American Library Association since October 1992, when she was hired as a Program Office/Deputy Executive Director for the American Library Trustee Association (ALTA) – now United for Libraries.  In 1997, she became the Director of the ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR). Among her many accomplishments in that role, she has worked with the ALA Training, Orientation and Leadership Development (TOLD) Committee to develop an orientation, training, recognition and leadership development program for ALA and Council Committee Chairs, interns and other volunteer leaders.  She created an online, association-wide Clearinghouse for receipt of all academic scholarship applications, across all ALA units. She spearheaded development of an online Career Development Resource Manual and obtained ALA recognition as a provider of Continuing Education Units (CEUs). In 2011, while remaining Director of HRDR, Lorelle became the Director of the ALA-APA, where she has increased the visibility of the National Library Workers Day campaign, among other achievements.

Prior to joining ALA, Lorelle Swader held several library positions.  She was Coordinator of Reference Services at the East Chicago Public Library (East Chicago, IN).  Before that she held positions as Library Services Manager at the Detroit Bar Association Foundation Library (Detroit, MI) and as Law Librarian at the Marion County Law Library (Indianapolis, IN).  She has also been an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Library Science (GSLS) at Dominican University.

Lorelle Swader has a B.A. in Speech Communication and an M.L.S., both from Indiana University.  She also has an M.A. in Communications and Training, from Governors State University (IL). In addition, she earned her Certified Association Executive (CAE) recognition in 2004 and has since sustained that recognition, through service and continuing professional development in association management.  She was a member of the inaugural class of the American Society of Association Executives’ Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP). She also has professional certifications from the National Career Development Association (Career Development Facilitator) and the Institute for Organization Management.  

She is active professionally, currently serving on the Advisory Board of Indiana University Department of Library and Information Science of the School of Informatics (at IUPUI), as well as Chair of the Adult College Success Council of Women Employed, and as Chair of the Welcoming Environment Ambassadors Committee of the Association Forum of Chicagoland.   She has held leadership positions with the Indiana University Alumni Association and the Illinois State Advisory Council (ISLAC). She received the President’s Award from the Indiana University Alumni Association in 2016.

In speaking about this position, Lorelle noted “I am passionate about ALA as an organization and most importantly about its goal of developing member volunteers and staff.”  


Read 11 Questions with Lorelle Swader: An interview with the new associate executive director of ALA Offices and Member Relations from American Libraries.