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General Information

Name:  Keith Michael Fiels  

Pen Name: None


Born: 1949


Illinois Connection

Fiels is lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

He is the executive director of the American Library Association (ALA). Fiels was appointed Executive Director in July 2002. He earned a B.A. and an MLS from the State University of New York, Buffalo and did advanced studies at the University of Denver. Prior to coming to ALA, Fiels served as Director of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.Fiels has served as President of the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA), as the director of a library network, and as a staff consultant for the New York and New Jersey State Libraries.Fiels has also worked as a public and school librarian and as an independent library consultant. He has been active in ALA committees and Divisions, as well as a succession of state library associations. He is the recipient of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) Leadership Achievement Award and a Library Public Relations Council Award. He was named to the ALA Association for Library Trustees and Advocates (ALTA) National Advocacy Honor Roll in 2002 and the Massachusetts Library Association Hall of Fame in 2004.

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