Category Archives: About ACRL

Nominations Sought for ACRL Board of Directors

The ACRL Leadership Recruitment and Nominations Committee (LRNC) encourages members to nominate themselves or others to run for the position of ACRL vice-president/president-elect, director-at-large, and councilor in the 2019 elections.  The deadline for nominations is February 15, 2018.

To nominate an individual or to self-nominate, please submit the online nomination form. LRNC will request a curriculum vita and/or a statement of interest from selected individuals prior to developing a slate of candidates.

If you have any questions about the nominating or election process, please feel free to contact LRNC Chair Jennifer Nutefall at  More information about the ACRL Board of Directors is available on the ACRL website.

Volunteer for ACRL Division, Section, or Representative Appointments

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 Lauren Pressley invites you to volunteer to serve on a 2018-2019 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, 2018. For more information and a link to the volunteer form, visit the ACRL website.

Questions about the ACRL appointment process? Please join the ACRL Membership Committee on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at 1 pm CST, for an online discussion on how the ACRL appointment process works for division-level committees, sections, interest groups, and discussion groups.

Get Involved! Everything You Need to Know about Volunteering for an ACRL Committee

‘Tis the season to volunteer! If you’re interested in opportunities to connect and network with others in the field or want to gain leadership experience by serving on an ACRL committee, now is the time to submit your volunteer application for 2018-19.

The ACRL Membership Committee invites all new members and anyone who would like to get more involved in ACRL to join us on Wednesday, December 13 at 1:00 pm CST for an online forum explaining the ACRL volunteer process. We will explain how to volunteer for ACRL division-level committees, ACRL section committees, and ACRL Interest and Discussion Groups. Participants are encouraged to come with any questions they have about ACRL and how to serve.

Session Moderator:

Rachel Minkin, Chair, ACRL Membership Committee, Head of Reference Services, Michigan State University Libraries

Guest Panelists:

Kristen Totleben, ACRL European Studies Section (ESS), co-chair, Modern Languages and Cultures Librarian, University of Rochester

Catherine Soehner, Chair, ACRL Appointments Committee, Associate Dean for Research and User Services, University of Utah

Mariel Colbert, ACRL Program Coordinator for Member Services

Additional Information

Meeting Name: Get Involved! Everything You Need to Know about Volunteering for an ACRL Committee

Date and time:  Wednesday, December 13, 2017 1:00pm CST

Duration: 1:00 hour


Dial-in option available upon login

Access: no registration required; available to anyone with the meeting URL

Because It’s Giving Tuesday

Thank you imageToday is Giving Tuesday, the annual 24-hour giving-palooza and we have some BIG NEWS to share! This Giving Tuesday, your gift of up to $1,000 to ACRL will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000 per ALA unit and $100,000 overall. That’s right – your contribution will double its impact immediately!

We are asking you, our loyal ACRL members and friends, to help us meet our Giving Tuesday goal of $10,000 through a gift to ACRL.

Your gift helps us accomplish more of the things that we love to do together – advancing learning and transforming scholarship. Contribute to the ACRL program that means the most to you including the ACRL Conference Scholarship Fund, ACRL Advancement Fund, or the RBMS Conference Scholarship Fund!

Help us make our match and raise $10,000 today! Support ACRL through your contribution this Giving Tuesday!

Donate now!

P.S. Your gift, of any size, makes a big difference! Thank you!

Volunteer for the New ACRL Task Force on Impactful Scholarship and Metrics

The ACRL Board of Directors, at its October 26, 2017, virtual meeting, approved the establishment of the Impactful Scholarship and Metrics Task Force regarding the evaluation of academic librarian scholarship. ACRL President Cheryl Middleton invites you to volunteer to serve on this newly created task force. If you wish to be considered for an appointment, please review the information below and complete the web form on the ACRL website by 5:00 p.m. Central on Tuesday, November 21, 2017.

Charge: To create a new ACRL framework that recommends effective practices regarding the evaluation of academic librarian scholarship that supports librarians in a variety of academic appointments, with differing scholarly expectations, while acknowledging and encouraging impactful scholarship venues within academic librarianship. The task force will gather input from the community, share a draft for feedback, and make revisions, following ACRL’s Guide to Policies and Procedures Chapter 14.5 Procedures for Preparation of New Standards, Guidelines, and Frameworks.


  • Date interim report is due: ALA Annual Conference 2018
  • Date draft framework is circulated for public feedback: ALA Midwinter 2019
  • Date final draft is submitted to ACRL Standards Committee: ALA Annual Conference 2020


  • Chair
  • 2 members from the Research and Scholarly Environment Committee
  • 2 members from the Value of Academic Libraries Committee
  • 6–8 additional members
  • Staff Liaison
  • Board Liaison

Task force members will have broad representation in the following areas: primary librarian responsibilities, academic status, size and type of institution, scholarly activity, and institution’s expectations for scholarship. They will also have an interest in promotion, tenure, and reappointment guidelines, metrics, impactful scholarship in academic librarianship and/or equitable scholarship evaluation. The deadline to volunteer for the ACRL Impactful Scholarship and Metrics Task Force is November 21! If you wish to be considered for appointment, complete the web form on the ACRL website (ALA website log-in required).

Note: Due to the timeline of this task force, the process is separate from the annual division-level and section appointments. Information on those appointments will be posted in December.

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