Category Archives: Liaisons

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 ( or Jenny Bowers (

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.

ACRL Liaisons on the Front Lines: Connections & Collaborations in Higher Education

Join ACRL on Wednesday, November 6, for a virtual forum presenting the work of two ACRL Liaisons, Sarah Wenzel (MLA) and Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh (ASA). Mandy and Sarah will be discussing higher education issues facing the Modern Language Association (MLA) and the American Sociological Association (ASA).

The goals of the forum are:

  • Share the experiences of two active, thriving liaisons
  • Learn about what liaisons do within their higher education organizations
  • Discuss the issues that are on the forefront of higher education organizations.
  • Discuss how liaisons can leverage their expertise and knowledge to address these issues to demonstrate the value of academic libraries
  • Participate in Q&A time with the liaisons.

The forum will be held from 3:00 to 4:00 pm central on Wednesday, November 6. Registration for this free forum is now available.


Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh is the Librarian for Sociology, Gerontology, and Data Services at Georgia State University.  In addition to having an M.L.S. degree, she has a Ph.D. in Sociology.

Sarah G. Wenzel is currently Bibliographer for Literatures of Europe and the Americas at the University of Chicago Library and the first liaison from ACRL to MLA.  She has been working in this field since she began as a librarian in 1998, which was also when she joined ACRL and WESS. Joining LES and MLA came later as her responsibilities for literature increased and it became more evident that librarians and faculty can and should join forces.

Call for Existing Liaisons / Liaison Funding Requests

Call for Liaisons

ACRL has a rich history of working with its membership to establish and cultivate relationships beyond ALA. Liaison relationships allow ACRL to systematically identify, develop, and maintain productive channels for formal and informal dialogue as well as partnerships for research, exchange of ideas, discussion of common standards and practice, joint publication, and pursuing common goals with other organizations interested in higher education. Liaisons exist to help organizations understand the value-added asset libraries can bring to their respective missions and goals.

The Liaisons Coordinating Committee (LCC) oversees and coordinates the ACRL liaison relationship activities with external, non-library organizations across all levels of the association. If your ACRL unit currently maintains a liaison relationship with an external organization please consider registering with the Liaisons Coordinating Committee. Please contact LCC Chair, Lori Phillips with questions.


Liaisons Funding Requests (Due Aug 1st)

Liaisons registered with the ACRL Liaison Coordinating Committee as part of the ACRL Liaison Assembly are invited to apply to the Liaisons Grants Committee (LGC) for funding for their work. ACRL units managing liaison relationships with target organizations are also encouraged to contribute funding for the work of their liaison. See this webpage for full guidelines: 

The 2013-2014 Liaisons grant funding requests are due August 1st.  Please contact LGC Chair, Lorelei Tanji with questions.

New ACRL Liaison Appointments

The ACRL Liaisons Coordinating Committee (LCC) announces the following new liaison appointments:

Complete information on ACRL liaisons is available on the LCC website.

WGSS Seeks NWSA Liaison

The ACRL Women & Gender Studies Section (WGSS) is currently seeking applications to serve a two-year term (July 2013- June 2015) as the ACRL liaison to the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA).  Liaisons are responsible for outreach, education, and communication between NWSA and ACRL in order to form strong relationships and advance the interests of ACRL and NWSA.

About NWSA
Established in 1977, the National Women’s Studies Association has as one of its primary objectives promoting and supporting the production and dissemination of knowledge about women and gender through teaching, learning, research and service in academic and other settings.

Our commitments are to: illuminate the ways in which women’s studies are vital to education; to demonstrate the contributions of feminist scholarship that is comparative, global, intersectional and interdisciplinary to understandings of the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences; and to promote synergistic relationships between scholarship, teaching and civic engagement in understandings of culture and society.

NWSA recognizes that women’s studies is broader than what happens in the classroom and acknowledges women’s centers staff as feminist educators. Campus-based women’s centers have a long history of working together with women’s studies to transform the curriculum, the campus environment, and society at large.

Through their scholarship and pedagogy our members actively pursue knowledge to promote a just world in which all persons can develop to their fullest potential–one free from ideologies, systems of privilege or structures that oppress or exploit some for the advantage of others. The Association has more than 2,000 individual and 350 institutional members working in varied specialties across the United States and around the world.

For more information about the organization, please visit the association website or contact the current NWSA/ACRL Liaison Cindy Ingold (

Deadline for Applications
Friday, May 17, 2013

Submission Requirements
Nominees must submit:
A letter of application articulating qualifications and a current vita to:

Jennifer Mayer, WGSS Chair (


  • Liaison attends the annual NWSA conferences
  • Liaison submits an annual report to the ACRL Liaisons Council
  • Liaison writes an article about their activities for the WGSS newsletter
  • Liaison serves as ex-officio on the WGSS Executive Committee and ex-officio on the WGSS Research Committee.



  • Current member of ACRL and WGSS
  • Experience with or interest in women and gender studies
  • Interest in coordinating activities to increase interaction between NWSA, ACRL, and WGSS
  • Experience with or interest in outreach and advocacy related to women and gender studies.
  • Financial support to attend NWSA Annual Conferences for the length of the two-year term if not funded by ACRL (Note:  Liaison may apply for up to $1500 in conference funding from the ACRL Conference Grants Committee, but funding is not guaranteed).
  • Excellent communication skills


  • Record of serving WGSS and/or ACRL on committees, task forces, or in other roles.
  • Current membership in NWSA
  • Previous NWSA conference attendance or other involvement with NWSA.

Selection Process Timeline

  • May 20 — 24, 2013: A subcommittee of the WGSS Executive Committee reviews submitted applications.
  • May 28, 2013: WGSS Chair contacts successful candidate.

Questions?  Please contact WGSS Chair, Jennifer Mayer:

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