Candidate Statements for IACRL ElectionsMarch 28, 2019
Candidate for Vice President/President Elect
As a candidate for Vice President/President Elect, I offer a variety of experience working in academic libraries. Currently, I am the Nursing & Health Sciences Librarian at Illinois State University. Previously, I was a campus library manager at Illinois Central College and a reference librarian at Heartland Community College. I have lived in Illinois and used Illinois libraries all my life. I feel strongly that academic librarians should work closely with each other and our colleagues at other library types to enhance our institutions throughout the state.
As a member of the ILA 2017 & 2018 Conference Planning Committees, I advocated for more inclusive conferences with a wide variety of sessions that appeal to academic library staff. I continue this mission as a member of the IACRL Conference and Continuing Education Committee co-coordinating the IACRL Unconference for the 2019 ILA meeting. As a former member of the ILA Advocacy Committee, I am proud to have co-chaired the first legislative meet-up in Central Illinois, as I understand the importance of advocacy and making our needs known throughout the state. Mentorship is a crucial part of maintaining a strong library culture in the state, so I served as a facilitator for Elevate Illinois Libraries Leadership Program. I have also served as co-chair of the CARLI Public Services Committee, chair of the ACRL Instruction Section’s Local Arrangements Committee, and as a member of the Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) 2016 Conference Planning Committee.
If elected, my goal is to continue the good work of current and past IACRL Executive Board members. I will offer my own experience and ideas to benefit academic librarians. I am passionate about collaboration. I want to collaborate with others to 1) advocate for academic libraries and 2) strengthen partnerships between librarians throughout the state. I am proud to be part of the Illinois library community.
Candidate for IACRL Secretary
I am honored to be nominated to run for Secretary of IACRL. I began my library career as an instruction librarian at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. From there, I went on to a position in reference and instruction at Northwestern University’s Schaffner Library. I am now at DePaul University, where I am currently the coordinator of reference, instruction, and academic engagement and liaison to the Theatre School.
Throughout my career, I have always looked for ways I could learn from and support other Iibrary workers, from my early work leading continuing education workshops for the Chicago Metropolitan Library System, to my participation in Synergy in 2008, to serving on the organizing committee of the Illinois Information Literacy Summit. I am currently serving as co-chair of the 2019 Illinois Library Association Conference planning committee, and I am a mentor for CARLI Counts, a new IMLS library leadership program designed to help academic librarians in Illinois communicate the impact of their libraries. I am a long time member of ACRL, and have served on the Instruction Section’s membership and pre-conference planning committees. My instruction work fostered my collaboration with my co-editor, Troy Swanson, on our 2015 ACRL publication, Not Just Where to Click: Teaching Students How to Think About Information, which received the 2016 ACRL Instruction Section Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year Award. Librarians have so many excellent ideas to share, and we are fortunate that ILA and IACRL provide a framework for facilitating cooperation and communication amongst Illinois libraries. I would welcome the opportunity to work with the board and membership to do my part to enhance the capabilities of Illinois academic libraries to serve the needs of their communities.