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ACRL Election 2013 - A Message from the ACRL Vice-President/President-Elect Candidates

Maggie Farrell and Karen Williams, candidates for ACRL Vice-President/President-Elect, encourage you to visit http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl/electionresults/election to review their biographies, statements of professional concerns, and to listen to their ACRL Insider podcast.

A Message from Maggie Farrell:
Dear Colleagues,

ALA and ACRL elections are open and I appreciate your time in considering leadership and issues for our association.  The election process, which can seem tedious and one more task in our busy lives, is still important as it is an opportunity to determine the direction of our association.  This year, the ALA election includes a proposal for the membership dues structure so I encourage you to consider this proposal along with the selection of leaders.

This year marks my 25th year as an ALA member which is shocking to consider how long but not surprising as ALA and ACRL have contributed greatly to my professional success.  It is because ACRL has enhanced my personal growth and has made a difference for academic libraries through advocacy of academic libraries that I hope to give back to ACRL a bit of what it has given to me.  During my years with ACRL, I have seen how ACRL has focused more on legislative initiatives and provided more information to our membership on current developments that impact academic libraries.  I firmly believe that academic librarians are successful when they connect their work to priorities of their colleges and universities.  That is why I am pleased with the outreach efforts of ACRL to the broader higher education community.  As ACRL Vice-President/President Elect, I would continue these efforts and seek ways to improve the visibility of ACRL beyond the library community.

Thank you for participating in the elections and for your service to our association.  I look forward to the opportunity of working with you in the coming years.

Maggie Farrell
Dean of Libraries
University of Wyoming
E-mail: farrell@uwyo.edu

A Message from Karen Williams:
The polls for ALA elections have opened, and Maggie Farrell and I have a common message for you:  Please vote!  It doesn’t matter who you vote for; helping to shape the future of your Association is the important activity. In addition to casting your vote for candidates, this year’s ballot includes a proposed membership dues adjustment from ALA, which was influenced by the dues adjustment process ACRL put into place several years ago.  It’s exhilarating to live in Minnesota, where we topped the voter turnout list for the eighth time in the last nine presidential and midterm elections, with 76.1 percent turnout. It would be lovely to have that kind of turnout among ACRL members for the ALA elections.

At my institution, several staff led a grass roots effort that produced a Library Voter Registration Drive last fall, and I was very happy to provide the modest funding needed for this effort.  Through the drive, staff signed up 2000 new voters for the election! I’m a strong believer in that heady practice of shared leadership that draws on the strengths and good ideas of individuals.  ACRL is a model for this, with strong, collegial formal leadership that relies on the expertise of members and staff to help advance strategic plans.   If you haven’t checked out the ACRL web site lately, I hope this message gives you a reason to take a look.  You’ll see examples of strong advocacy efforts like the endorsement of the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research ACT (FASTR), notice of new publications, introductions to individual members, ways to become involved with ACRL, and information on the upcoming ACRL 2013 conference.  ACRL conferences are intellectually stimulating, good places to network and meet new colleagues, and they’re just plain fun.  There are good options for attending in person or virtually.  If you’re there in person, I’d love to say hello and hear your thoughts so please introduce yourself or stop by the ACRL booth in the exhibits at noon on Friday. 

Thank you,
Karen Williams
Associate University Librarian for Research and Learning
University of Minnesota Libraries
E-mail: kaw@umn.edu

Voting Information
The ALA/ACRL election opened March 19, with members receiving an email announcement between March 19 – 21 containing voting instructions.  Didn’t receive the email?  Please contact ALA Member and Customer Service at 1-800-545-2433 ext. 5, or customerservice@ala.org.

The 2013 ALA/ACRL election will close April 26 at 11:59 p.m. Central Daylight Time. We encourage you to cast your ballot today!