Berry joined the EHFOP in 2008 and became the organization’s vice-chairman in 2009. He is executive director of the Network of Illinois Learning Resources in Community Colleges based in Chicago. The 40-year-old consortium has 50 member institutions across Illinois and Missouri.
Formerly, he was director of advancement and research associate professor, the University Library, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) 1990-96. He has held faculty and management positions at Northern Illinois University, Elmira College (NY) and Indiana University. He is currently professor of the Practice of Library and Information Science in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University.
He holds the MLS (Library and Information Science), MAT (Social Studies) and BA (Political Science) from Indiana University.
A widely published author and frequent lecturer, his areas of research interest include 21st Century literacy skills, intellectual property, distance learning, library building design and fundraising for libraries.
Mr. Berry served as American Library Association's 118th President in 2001-02. He is Past President of the Freedom to Read Foundation Board of Trustees (the legal defense arm of the ALA) and past chair of ALA’s International Relations Committee.
“John Berry has been an able Board member and Vice Chairman of the Foundation and is more than capable to lead us into the future,” Baldwin said. “I am proud to pass the gavel to John.”
The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park fosters understanding of the life and work of Ernest Hemingway, with emphasis on his Oak Park origins and his impact on world literature. Its mission reflects the Foundation’s belief in the importance of the written word and the value of thoughtful reading and writing.