Association of College & Research Libraries

ACRL wants you!

Now is a good time to increase your involvement in ACRL by volunteering to serve on a division or section committee. Vicepresident William Miller invites all ACRL members to contact the Appointments & Nominations Committee about serving on one of ACRL’s 28 committees for next year. Members may also contact one of the section vice-chairs regarding service on one of the many section committees.

ACRL has recently adopted a new strategic plan (C&RL News, September 1995) and during the next few years committee members will have an opportunity to help implement this plan, reshape the association, and influence the direction of academic and research librarianship.

You benefit by volunteering

Volunteers not only give to the association, they get back from the association.

• Build ties with academic and research librarians around the country.

• Enhance your leadership abilities through consensus building and persuasion.

• Share your expertise with colleagues.

• Gain additional expertise—learn more about a new area of academic librarianship or pick up new ideas for your current area.

Appointments: The process

Appointments are made at both the section and division levels. The ACRL president is responsible for the committee appointments at the division level for the year he or she serves as president. Likewise, section chairs are responsible for committee appointments in their respective sections the year they serve as chair. Committee slates are usually completed shortly after the Midwinter Meeting during the year in which the individual serves as president-elect or chair-elect. The ACRL Appointments & Nominations Committee assists the president-elect in this process in an advisory capacity.

Factors influencing appointment

Although the emphasis in the appointment may vary from year to year according to the prerogatives of the president and section chairs, the same factors are considered. They include:

• Evidence of potential committee member’s interest:Have you attended the meetings and introduced yourself to the chair? Do you have previous experience that relates to the work of the committee? Have you indicated your interest on the application?

• Demographics and composition of committee:A balance is sought with respect to type of library (community college, college, or university), geographic representation, ethnic diversity, and gender. In addition, some committees have special requirements. For example, one member of the Professional Education Committee must be a library educator; the Government Relations Committees has a strict regional representation requirement.

• The recommendation of the current committee chair:Current committee chairs are asked to suggest potential members. Although all of these factors are considered, the final appointment is the prerogative of the ACRL president-elect and the section chair-elects.

How to apply

1. Select the committees that interest you.The ALA Handbook of Organization lists all of ACRL’s committees and their charges. (ALA members may obtain a free copy of the handbook by calling (800) 545-2433, ext. 4287.) Attend the committee’s meetings at the Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference to help you decide if those are the activities that interest you.

2. Introduce yourself.Talk with committee members. Express your interest to the committee chair. Explain how you might contribute to the work of the committee.

3. Submit a volunteer form.Complete the volunteer form included with this article. Be sure to cover all of the items asked for in background information. If you have attended committee meetings or programs, mention that. Fill out one form for ACRL division committees and a different form for each ACRL section you want to volunteer for. Send the division volunteer form to Betsy Baker at the address on the bottom of the volunteer form; send the section volunteer forms to the appropriate section chairelects (see list of addresses below).

4. Volunteer again . . . and again. If you are not successful in being appointed one year, volunteer again the next year . . . and the next. Remember that a multitude of factors—number of appointments made, number of volunteers for each committee, number of volunteers from your type of library or your geographic area—determine the actual appointment, and these factors change from year to year.

ACRL section appointments

ACRL has 17 sections (listed below). You will find a description of their areas of responsibility in the ALA Handbook of Organization, 1995–96. The chair-elect of a section appoints the chair and members of all section committees. Most of these appointments are made in the spring for terms beginning immediately after the ALA Annual Conference. If you would like to be considered for appointment as chair or member of a section committee, fill out the ACRL Committee Volunteer Form and mail it to the chair-elect of the appropriate section listed below before December 15, 1995.

Asian, African and Middle Eastern Section.Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: David L. Easterbrook, Northwestern University Library, 1935 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208-2300; e-mail:

Afro-American Studies Librarians Section.Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Rochelle R. Ballard, 912 Bishop Park Court, Apt. #1123, Winter Park, FL 32792; e-mail: ballard@ρ

Anthropology and Sociology Section.ViceChair/Chair-Elect: FredJ. Hay, 261 Eastview Dr., Boone, NC 28607; e-mail:

Arts Section.Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Nancy L. Stokes, P.O. Box 367, Hudson, OH 44236; e-mail:

Community and Junior College Libraries Section.Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Douglas K. Lehman, 11271 N. Kendall Dr.-J109, Miami, FL 33176-1131; e-mail:

College Libraries Section.Vice-Chair/ChairElect: Pamela Snelson, Drew University, Rose Memorial Library, Madison, NJ 07940-0000; e-mail:

English and American Literature Section.Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Charles Perry Willett, 520 S. Jordan Ave., Bloomington, IN 47401-5120; e-mail:

Education and Behavioral Sciences Section.Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Mary Beth Minick, 9052 Rigging Court, Indianapolis, IN 46256-9771; e-mail: mbminick@indycms.

Extended Campus Library Services Section.Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Thomas E. Abbott, R R 5 Box 154, Gardiner, ME 04345-9007; e-mail: tabbott@maine.

Instruction Section (formerly Bibliographic Instruction).Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Loanne L. Snavely, RD 2 Box 175 G, Spring Mills, PA 16875-9425; e-mail:

Law and Political Science Section.ViceChair/Chair-Elect: Catherine F. Doyle, 118 Terrell Road, Newport News, VA 23606; e-mail: doyle@

Rare Books and Manuscripts Section.ViceChair/Chair-Elect: Susan M. Allen, Kalamazoo College Library, 1200 Academy Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49006-3285; e-mail: sallen@kzoo. edu.

Slavic and East European Section.ViceChair/Chair-Elect: Cathy M. Zeljak, 2201 “L” St. NW, Apt. 720, Washington, DC 20037-1413; e-mail:

Science and Technology Section.Vice-Chair/ Chair-Elect: Amy L. Paster, Pennsylvania State University, E205 Pattee Library, University Park, PA 16802-1801; e-mail:

University Libraries Section.Vice-Chair/ Chair-Elect: Donald G. Frank, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332-0900; e-mail:

Western European Specialists Section.ViceChair/Chair-Elect: Diana Chlebek, University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325-1702; e-mail: Women’s Studies Section. Vice-Chair/ChairElect: Bonnie J. Cox, 128 Owsley Ave., Lexington, KY 40502-1526; e-mail: klilll@ukcc.uky. edu.

ACRL divisional committee appointments

ACRL has 27 standing committees to which appointments may be made. A list appears on the volunteer form at the end of this article. You will find the committees listed with a description of their charges in the ALA Handbook of Organization.

Appointments to ACRL standing committees are made in the spring for terms beginning immediately after the ALA Annual Conference. The Appointments and Nominations Committee recommends to the president-elect of ACRL the names of members who might fill the vacancies. The president-elect makes the final appointments. If you are interested in being considered for an appointment to an ACRL committee, you should complete the ACRL Committee Volunteer Form included with this article and send it to Betsy Baker at the address given on the form before December 15, 1995.

Editorial boards

ACRL has editorial boards for these six publications: Choice, College & Research Libraries; College & Research Libraries News; New Publications; Publications in Librarianship, and Rare Books & Manuscripts Librarianship.

Appointments to editorial boards are made at the Midwinter Meeting for terms that begin immediately after the ALA Annual Conference. The editors recommend the name of a person to fill the vacancy. The Publications Committee must approve the recommendation, and the president of ACRL makes the appointment.

If you would like to be considered for appointment to an editorial board, contact the editor of the editorial board.

Choiceeditor: Irving Rockwood, Choice, 100 Riverview Center, Middletown, CT 06457; e-mail:

College & Research Librarieseditor-designate: Donald E. Riggs, University of Michigan, 818 Hatcher Graduate Library, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1205; e-mail:

College & Research Libraries Newseditor: Mary Ellen Davis, C&RL News, ACRL/ALA, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611-2795; e-mail:

New publications editor: Hugh Thompson, ACRL/ALA, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611-2795; e-mail:

Publications in Librarianshipeditor: Stephen E. Wiberley Jr., University of Illinois at Chicago University Library, P.O. Box 8198, Chicago, IL 60680-8198; e-mail: u30959@

Rare Books & Manuscripts Librarianshipeditor: Sidney E. Berger, University of California, University Library, P.O. Box 5900, Riverside, CA 92517-5900; e-mail: spcolseb@ ucrvms.bitnet.

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