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

Health Science Librarians of Illinois Update: Fall 2021
September 23, 2021
by Eric Edwards, Illinois State Library The Health Science Librarians of Illinois Annual Conference, which was originally scheduled for Starved Rock State Park & Lodge, will instead take place entirely online this year. It will last from Wed…
IACRL Member Spotlight: Annette Alvarado
September 23, 2021
Meet Annette Alvarado, Loyola University Chicago Interviewed by Elena Carrillo, University of Illinois, Chicago Annette Alvarado, Loyola University Chicago Annette Alvarado is currently a Research & Learning Librarian at Loyola University Chicago…
Message from the Incoming IACRL President: Emily Gilbert
September 23, 2021
Emily Gilbert, Rasmussen University Incoming IACRL President, Emily Gilbert Hello, IACRL! I am delighted to be your President for 2021-2022 and to lead the organization through another year of opportunities for development and community. For many, 20…

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Events

  1. Nov 11 2021

    Academic Library Spaces: Advancing Student Success and Helping Students Thrive

    Thursday, Nov 11, 2021 12:00pm–1:00pm

    Zoom Meeting

  2. Dec 9 2021

    Spark: Open Pathways - Exploring the Intersections of Diversity Equity and Inclusion and Open Educational Resources

    Thursday, Dec 9, 2021 9:30am–12:00pm

    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. Emily Gilbert Emily Gilbert, President Librarian (School of Health Sciences) at Rasmussen University
    Term ends 06/30/2022
  2. Daniel Matthews Daniel Matthews, President-Elect Digital Services Librarian at Moraine Valley Community College Library
    Term ends 06/30/2022
  3. Susan R. Franzen Susan R. Franzen, Past President Interim Associate Dean for Public Services & Organizational Development at Illinois State University
    Term ends 06/30/2022
  4. Elena Carrillo Elena Carrillo, Secretary Head Librarian at University of Illinois at Chicago
    Term ends 06/30/2022

Standing Committees

  1. Susan R. Franzen Susan R. Franzen, Awards Committee Chair Interim Associate Dean for Public Services & Organizational Development at Illinois State University
    Term ends 06/30/2022
  2. Daniel Matthews Daniel Matthews, Conference/Continuing Education Committee Chair Digital Services Librarian at Moraine Valley Community College Library
    Term ends 06/30/2022
  3. Lorene Kennard Lorene Kennard, Membership Committee Chair University Archivist and Cataloging Manager at University of St. Francis
    Term ends 06/30/2022
  4. Susan R. Franzen Susan R. Franzen, Nominating Committee Chair Interim Associate Dean for Public Services & Organizational Development at Illinois State University
    Term ends 06/30/2022
  5. Krista A. Bowers Sharpe Krista A. Bowers Sharpe, Communications Committee Chair Coordinator of Reference Service at Western Illinois University
    Term ends 06/30/2022
  6. Gwen Gregory Gwen Gregory, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Chair Associate Dean for Collections Management at Northern Illinois University Libraries
    Term ends 06/30/2022
  7. Olia Sweiss Olia Sweiss, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Chair Librarian
    Term ends 06/30/2022

Forum Leadership

  1. Laura L. Barnes Laura L. Barnes, Board liaison Sustainability Information Curator at Illinois Sustainable Technology Center
    Term ends 06/30/2022
  2. Cyndi Robinson Cyndi Robinson, Staff liaison Deputy Director at Illinois Library Association
    Term ends 06/30/2025

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