Brief info

Miguel Figueroa heads the American Library Association (ALA) Center for the Future of Libraries. As the first director of the new Center, Figueroa is responsible for identifying and disseminating information on long-term societal, technological, educational, and demographic trends that may affect libraries and their future.

Figueroa served as Director of Member Programs for the American Theological Library Association in Chicago since June 2012, where he coordinated member recruitment, outreach and development, the cultivation of relationships with external partners, communications and publications, and service to volunteer committees and interest groups. His work there included creating a joint leadership meeting for committees and member leaders, the introduction of outcome-based evaluation, and serving on the ATLA executive leadership team.

From 2009 to 2012, Figueroa served as ALA Director of the Office for Diversity and Spectrum Scholarship Program and the Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, where he coordinated member services, initiatives and programs, training and resource development, and relationships with external partners. As director, Figueroa oversaw the Spectrum Scholarship program, a national diversity recruitment program providing scholarships for master’s and doctorate degrees in library and information science, helped launch the $1 million Spectrum Scholarship fundraising campaign, and secured over $1.5 million in grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Institute for Museum and Library Services.

Prior to his work at ALA, Figueroa served as Network Services Coordinator at the Ehrman Medical Library at New York University from 2006 to 2009. From 2003 to 2006, he served as Associate Director of Publishing for Neal-Schuman Publishers in New York. There, he managed acquisitions and marketing for a leading publisher of library professional development materials, identifying emerging topics and author/experts in the library and information science profession. Figueroa received an M.A. in Information Resources and Library Science from the University of Arizona in 2003. In 2005, he was selected by Library Journal as a “Mover and Shaker.”