Kara Malenfant is a senior staff member at the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL, a division of the American Library Association), where she coordinates government relations advocacy and scholarly communication activities and is the lead staff member on the Value of Academic Libraries initiative. She provides consulting services on organizational development and use of ACRL’s standards for libraries in higher education. Kara began her position at ACRL in fall of 2005, after working for six years at DePaul University Libraries in Chicago. Prior to her experience as a librarian, Kara worked in Washington, DC, for the Armenian Assembly of America and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the first group posted to the Republic of Armenia. Kara holds a doctor of philosophy degree in leadership and change from Antioch University, an MS in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a BA in English from Allegheny College. Contact her at email@example.com.