Keith Michael Fiels was appointed Executive Director of the American Library Association in 2002. ALA is the largest and oldest library association in the world, and one of the largest professional associations in the country.
Prior to coming to ALA, he served as Director of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. He has also served as President of the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, as the director of a New Jersey library consortium, and as a planning consultant for the New York and New Jersey State Libraries.
Keith has worked as a public and school librarian and as an independent library consultant, and has been active in ALA and state library associations. He is the recipient of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies Leadership Achievement Award, a Perkins School for the Blind that All May Read Advocacy Award and a Library Public Relations Council Award. He was named to the ALA Association for Library Trustees and Advocates National Advocacy Honor Roll in 2000 and the Massachusetts Library Association Hall of Fame in 2002.
He is co-author of a number of books on planning and technology, and has spoken about libraries at hundreds of conferences, workshops and other public events.