Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries Forum (IACRL)

About IACRL

The Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL) is a forum of the Illinois Library Association (ILA) and a chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). For the purposes of this forum, academic libraries include college, community, technical and junior colleges and university libraries as well as research libraries not affiliated with academic institutions.

Join IACRL

Any ILA member can join IACRL by updating your ILA forum preferences. Non-members of ILA can become members by joining ILA and checking the IACRL Forum box on the ILA membership application. (Membership in ALA or ACRL not required.)

IACRL Directory of Expertise

The Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries is developing a directory of expertise for Illinois academic librarians. Sign up to share your expertise with your librarian colleagues. Share your passion for and experience with any number of the specialties listed below. This contact list of expertise will give librarians across the state the opportunity to network with each other, answer one another’s questions, and share knowledge.



News

Call for Nominations for the IACRL Executive Board Election
December 4, 2020
The IACRL Nominations Committee is seeking candidates for the 2021-2022 Executive Board Election. In April 2021, members will vote for the IACRL Vice-President/President-elect and Secretary.  Vice-President/President-elect is three-yea…
Reminder: Registration Open for IACRL People's Choice Award in Scholarly Publishing Webinar (Monday, November 9, 1:00-2:00 PM)
November 5, 2020
The IACRL People’s Choice Award in Scholarly Publishing was established in 2020. This award gives academic and research librarians throughout Illinois the opportunity to read and evaluate scholarly works by their peers and then vote on a favori…
IACRL Bylaws Proposed Changes
November 2, 2020
The Ad hoc Bylaws Committee convened this summer to conduct the first review since 2009.  The process included input from membership, culminating in an Open Hearing in September, resulting in substantive discussions and revisions.  The prop…

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Events

  1. Dec 9 2020

    Spark: Trial by Fire - Lessons Learned from a Pandemic

    Wednesday, Dec 9, 2020 9:30am–12:00pm

  2. Dec 17 2020

    IACRL Journal Club

    Thursday, Dec 17, 2020 11:00am–12:00pm

  3. Jan 11 2021

    IACRL Executive Board Meeting

    Monday, Jan 11, 2021 9:00am–10:00am

    Zoom Meeting

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Mission

The mission of the IACRL is to promote the interests of academic libraries and the personnel of those libraries; to enhance the abilities of academic library personnel to identify and meet the information needs of current and potential library users; to develop and promote leadership to the academic library community.

Goals and objectives

  1. To contribute to the professional and career development of all academic library personnel
  2. To enhance the capabilities of Illinois libraries to serve the needs of their users
  3. To promote and speak for the interests of academic libraries
  4. To promote study, research and dissemination of information relevant to academic librarianship
  5. To promote and foster cooperation and communication among the members of IACRL, the academic community, and other organizations with common interests
  6. To support and protect intellectual freedom in academic libraries
  7. To honor the contribution of individuals who enhance academic libraries in Illinois

Mailing list

Keep in touch! Stay informed and join our listserv! The IACRL listserv is an unmoderated discussion group, consisting primarily of occasional announcements about IACRL and upcoming events.

To subscribe, unsubscribe, or update your information, please visit http://list.railslibraries.info/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/iacrl.

To post a message to all list members, email iacrl@list.railslibraries.info. You can also email iacrl-request@list.railslibraries.info with the word help in the subject or body for additional list maintenance options.

If you have questions, please contact list moderators Gwen Gregory (ggregory@uic.edu) or Eric Edwards (eedwards@ilsos.net).

IACRL By-Laws

Our By-Laws were approved by the membership on October 27, 1997 and were amended on October 17, 2000, April 1, 2014, and October 8, 2009. View a full HTML version of the IACRL by-laws online.


Officers

  1. Susan R. Franzen Susan R. Franzen, President Nursing and Health Sciences Librarian at Illinois State University
    Term ends 10/31/2021
  2. Emily Gilbert Emily Gilbert, President-Elect Librarian (School of Health Sciences) at Rasmussen College
    Term ends 10/31/2021
  3. Qiana M Johnson Qiana M Johnson, Secretary/Treasurer Northwestern University Libraries
    Term ends 10/31/2021
  4. Michelle Nielsen Ott Michelle Nielsen Ott, Past President Director of Library Services at Methodist College
    Term ends 10/31/2021

Standing Committees

  1. Michelle Nielsen Ott Michelle Nielsen Ott, Awards Committee Chair Director of Library Services at Methodist College
    Term ends 10/31/2021
  2. Emily Gilbert Emily Gilbert, Conference/Continuing Education Committee Chair Librarian (School of Health Sciences) at Rasmussen College
    Term ends 10/31/2021
  3. Nestor L. Osorio Nestor L. Osorio, Membership Committee Chair Northern Illinois University Libraries
    Term ends 10/31/2021
  4. Michelle Nielsen Ott Michelle Nielsen Ott, Nominating Committee Chair Director of Library Services at Methodist College
    Term ends 10/31/2021
  5. Krista A. Bowers Sharpe Krista A. Bowers Sharpe, Communications Committee Chair Coordinator of Reference Service at Western Illinois University
    Term ends 10/31/2021

Forum Leadership

  1. Laura L. Barnes Laura L. Barnes, Board liaison Sustainability Information Curator at Illinois Sustainable Technology Center
    Term ends 06/30/2021
  2. Cyndi Robinson Cyndi Robinson, Staff liaison Deputy Director at Illinois Library Association
    Term ends 06/30/2025

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