Category Archives: Elections

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.

2017 ACRL Election Results

Lauren PressleyLauren Pressley, director of the University of Washington (UW) Tacoma Library and associate dean of UW Libraries, has been elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect. She will become president-elect following the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, and assume the presidency in July 2018 for a one-year term.

Kelly Jacobsma, Genevra Thome Begg dean of libraries at Hope College, and Jeanne R. Davidson, head of public services at South Dakota State University, have been elected to the ACRL Board of Directors as director-at-large.

Full 2017 election results will be available this afternoon on the ACRL website.

Congratulations to those elected and many thanks to the dedicated members willing to stand for office.

April 12 Update: Full division election results (PDF) are now available on the ACRL website.

ACRL Election 2017 – A Message from the ACRL Vice-President/President-Elect Candidates

The ALA and ACRL elections are now open, and as candidates for ACRL Vice-President/President-Elect, we write together to encourage you to vote. ACRL is the leading organization focused on college and research libraries. We believe in the association and are thankful for all that it has given to us throughout our careers. We have enjoyed the opportunities it has provided us to work with and learn from the members of ACRL and know that these experiences have made us better librarians.

We believe in the importance of service, and see our role of Vice-President/President-Elect as serving you, the members. The conversations we have had with you at ALA Midwinter, the online forum, and informally have been invaluable. We look forward to seeing many of you at the ACRL 2017 Conference in Baltimore and continuing conversations about your hopes and desires for the future of ACRL.

Thank you for voting and for your service to our association. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you in the coming years.


José Aguiñaga
Archives Coordinator, Glendale Community College
2017 ACRL President-Elect Candidate

Lauren Pressley
Director, University of Washington Tacoma Library
Associate Dean, University of Washington Libraries
2017 ACRL President-Elect Candidate

Voting Information
The ALA/ACRL election opened March 13, with members receiving an email announcement between March 13-15 containing voting instructions. Didn’t receive the email? Please contact ALA Member and Customer Service at 1-800-545-2433 ext. 5, or

The 2017 ALA/ACRL election will close April 5 at 11:59 p.m. Central Daylight Time. We encourage you to cast your ballot today!  Please visit the ACRL website for more election information.

ALA/ACRL Election Opens Today

Voting in the 2017 ALA/ACRL election opens today, March 13! ALA members will receive an email announcement containing voting instructions. The polls close at 11:59 p.m. Central on April 5.

Additional information on the election and candidates for ACRL and ALA office is available on the ACRL election webpage. We encourage you to help shape the future of your associations by voting for the candidates of your choice in the 2017 election!


Meet the Candidates: Jeanne R. Davidson

Editor’s Note: In the lead-up to the 2017 ALA/ ACRL election, we’re profiling the 2017 ACRL Board of Directors candidates. We’ll feature one candidate in slate order each weekday from March 3 — 10. Complete details on candidates for ACRL offices are available on the election website. Make sure to vote for the candidates of your choice starting March 13.

Jeanne DavidsonJeanne R. Davidson is the head of public services at South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota, and a 2017 candidate for the ACRL Board of Directors as Director-at-Large.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Collaborative, strategic, learner.

2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your mobile device)? How to Reduce Workplace Conflict and Stress: How Leaders and Their Employees Can Protect Their Sanity and Productivity From Tension and Turf Wars by Anna Maravelas.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Relevant, educational, network.

4. Why do you value about ACRL? Over the years, ACRL has provided me with numerous opportunities for professional growth and engagement. Through my participation in ACRL, I have developed a network of colleagues across the country who share similar goals, face similar challenges and are willing to engage in the work of addressing the issues facing our profession. ACRL comprises an incredible brain trust of individuals who share their time and talents in an effort to make our profession the best it can be. ACRL has always been, and continues to be, my professional “home” of choice.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? Academic libraries are central to the success of students and faculty, whether they realize it or not. At a time when “fake news” and “alternative facts” abound, as an academic librarian I participate in the campus-wide conversations focused on preparing our students as critical thinkers and curious life-long learners. Keeping abreast of the multitude of changes in the information and technology universe and bringing the best of these to our users is an ongoing challenge and a value-added service to our institutions.

6. In your own words: Academic/research libraries are people places focused on learning and the creation and preservation of knowledge. The work of the wide variety of people employed in our libraries allows us to enrich the scholarly conversation for our faculty and students, at whatever level they may be entering into it. We live and work in a dynamic and challenging environment filled with new technologies and ever-growing options for communication and information dissemination. I appreciate the opportunity (and responsibility) to explore this evolving information landscape with our faculty and students, enabling them to be successful learners, teachers, and researchers.

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