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

IACRL Election Results
May 4, 2021
The results of the 2021 IACRL elections, which took place from April 1 to 30, are available. Congratulations to the newly elected Vice-President/President-Elect, Dan Matthews, Moraine Valley Community College, and the newly elected Secretar…
Message from the IACRL President: Spring 2021
March 17, 2021
IACRL President Sue Franzen One year ago on March 21st, Governor Pritzker directed Illinois residents to stay home and essentially shut down Illinois to slow down the spread of COVID-19. Our lives and libraries have not been the same since.  Dur…
Health Science Librarians of Illinois Update: Spring 2021
March 17, 2021
by Eric Edwards, Illinois State Library As has been the case for many Illinois library groups, the Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) organization has had to adapt its programming, due to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. HSLI i…

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Events

  1. May 17 2021

    IACRL Executive Board Meeting

    Monday, May 17, 2021 9:00am–10:00am

    Zoom Meeting

  2. Jun 11 2021

    Spark: Looking Back, Looking Forward

    Friday, Jun 11, 2021 9:30am–12:00pm

    Zoom Meeting

  3. Jun 14 2021

    IACRL Executive Board Meeting

    Monday, Jun 14, 2021 10:00am–11:00am

    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

iREAD Summer Reading Programs

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