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We Reached Our Goal…But We’re Not Done Yet

PrintCongratulations ACRL membership! You did it.

By any measure ACRL’s 75th Anniversary Campaign is a huge success and a major accomplishment for this Association and its members. Thanks to the incredible support of the membership, this Campaign has established new benchmarks and broken records across the board for ACRL fundraising.

In December 2013, the ACRL Board established the Campaign Working Goal of $50,000 by December 31, 2014. It seemed like an insurmountable target for an Association that had never raised more than $16,000 in a year. How did we get there? Thanks to an unprecedented outpouring of support from current and past presidents and Board and Budget and Finance Committee members, the Campaign jumped off to a fast start in the first month. Then many Section and Division Committee Boards made commitments to raise named scholarships. Those larger gifts were bolstered by support from many individual members – many giving for the first time.

Consider these Campaign highlights:

  • Raised to date: $51,359 (with a little less than a month left to go)
  • Number of first-time donors: 146
  • Number of gifts closed: 281
  • Number of gifts of 1,000 or more: 20
  • Board Member gift: $9,181 (100% participation)

As chair of the 75th Anniversary Campaign, I am really proud of the enthusiasm with which the membership has gotten behind this effort. Special thanks go out to all the Section and Committee chairs that committed to group scholarships and led by example.

There was also a great response to my call for contributions on Giving Tuesday. The 20 donations received that day was a record single-day total for ACRL. The $2,700 contributed that day accounted for just over 5% of the total, and the majority of that came from first-time donors.

What’s so great about all this is that the additional funds will be used to increase travel stipends and/or provide additional scholarships for the ACRL 2015 Conference. An additional 75 deserving academic librarians will receive support. But we can do even better. There is still time for you to “kick start the future” for your colleagues and our Association. This is the perfect time of the year to make a tax-deductible contribution to ACRL. We’ve raised more than our $50,000 goal and that’s reason to celebrate.

But why not $55,000 or even $60,000? Don’t think you can’t give enough to make a difference. We’ve climbed this mountain mostly thanks to contributions of $25 or less. There is still plenty of time to add to the total and keep the Campaign going – with whatever you can give. Let’s make this happen.

Thank you.

Steven Bell

Chair, 75th Anniversary Campaign

Volunteer Now for ACRL Division or Section Committees

Are you looking for ways to expand your professional network and contribute to ACRL? Committee volunteers help shape ACRL by advancing its strategic plan and influencing the direction of academic and research librarianship. Serving on a committee or editorial board is a great way to become involved and make an impact on the profession. 

If you’d like to become more engaged, ACRL Vice-President/President-Elect Ann Campion Riley invites you to volunteer to serve on a 2015-2016 division or section committee.

The ACRL committee volunteer form for section and division-level appointments is now open!

If you wish to be considered for a committee appointment, complete the ACRL volunteer form by February 15, 2015. For more information and a link to the volunteer form, visit the ACRL website.

Think ACRL for the Global Day of Giving

Now that we are past Thanksgiving, as an academic librarian your thoughts are probably turning to that time of year we refer to as “crunch time.” Students are stressed. Faculty are overwhelmed. You are doing your best to help them all make it through the end of the semester. Last minute term paper clinics. Late night coffee breaks. Stress-busting therapy dogs. Tension crushing massage sessions. It’s all about you and your library colleagues giving to your community and helping them succeed.

Giving is something that we academic librarians are really good at. Giving makes us feel good. Did you know that Tuesday, December 2 is Giving Tuesday? It is a global day for people to come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. It falls every Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It’s a day for people to support those causes for which they are passionate.

Tomorrow, on Giving Tuesday, please choose to support ACRL’s 75th Anniversary “Kick Start the Future” Campaign.

Your colleagues have already given over $49,000 that will help ACRL provide an unprecedented number of scholarships for deserving academic librarians to attend ACRL 2015. Instead of the usual 75 scholarships we want to offer 150 or more scholarships. Your contribution will make a difference for an academic librarian who would otherwise be unable to attend the conference.

ACRL 2013 Conference Scholarship Recipients

ACRL 2013 Conference Scholarship Recipients

Please know that the future of academic librarianship depends on our collective ability to support the professional development of our colleagues. Past scholarship winners have expressed the incredible impact that attending ACRL conferences has on their engagement with the profession and their development as academic librarians. I hope you will join me in contributing to the Kick Start the Future Campaign. Giving Tuesday is the perfect day to commit to making a difference for another academic librarian. All you have to do is what you already do so well – giving.

Thank you.

Steven J. Bell
Chair, ACRL 75th Anniversary Campaign

P.S. Every gift received by December 31, 2014, will support ACRL 2015 Conference scholarships. Scholarship applications are up more than 40% over 2013—and your support will help us meet that need.

 

ACRL Seeks ASA Liaison

The ACRL Anthropology and Sociology Section (ANSS) is currently seeking applications to serve a three-year term (July 1, 2015- June 30, 2018) as the ACRL liaison to the American Sociological Association (ASA). Liaisons are responsible for outreach, education, and communication between ASA and ACRL to form strong relationships and advance the interests of ACRL and ANSS. Details and deadlines will be posted below. For more information contact Katie Elson Anderson (katie.anderson@camden.rutgers.edu) or Jenny Bowers (jennifer.bowers@du.edu).

Details and submission guidelines are available in the ACRL ANSS Liaison Recruitment Form for ASA 2015-2018 (PDF). More information is also available on the ANSS website. The deadline for applications is December 10, 2014.

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