Karlene Noel Jennings, executive director of development for University Libraries, has been appointed to the American Library Association’s (ALA) Philanthropy Advisory Group for a two-year term. In this role, Jennings will be charged with advancing the philanthropic activities of the ALA and increasing the level of external funding that supports the work of the Association.
As a member of this advisory group, Jennings will advise and report to the ALA Executive Board, investigate and analyze the state of philanthropic work in the association, work towards more effectively coordinating philanthropy within ALA and its Development Office and study the impact of new goals and how to evolve more efficiently over time.
Jennings holds a PhD from Iowa State University in educational leadership and policy studies and a master of science in information sciences from the University of Tennessee — Knoxville.
She holds other degrees from the University of South Carolina and Washington & Lee University. Jennings is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), and also holds professional memberships in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).
In addition to fundraising for academic libraries, Jennings has also served as a public library trustee, co-authored two books about library advancement and published other writings about library development.