The ACRL New England Chapter is an all-volunteer organization, powered by passionate librarians and library workers. There are many ways to get involved, and we would be delighted to have you join our team! Nominate yourself or someone else for an available position; see below for current opportunities and shared experiences from current position incumbents.
Michael Rodriguez, President
How often do you get a chance to lead a nonprofit association of colleagues from across New England? Serving as Vice President and President of the ACRL New England Chapter has been a transformative learning and networking experience. I organized an annual conference, a major regional event with hundreds of attendees and more than thirty sponsorships. I chaired the Chapter’s planning committee, negotiated with hotels and vendors, and built from scratch my event management skills, collaborating deeply with more experienced colleagues. I presided over an organization and a board of directors, collaborated to develop a strategic framework, convened task forces, and more. Although I am only five years into my professional career, the Chapter empowered me to lead and contribute to the organization. Service with the Chapter enables library leaders, whether emerging or established, to gain skills in a welcoming, collegial, hardworking, and supportive environment. All you need is commitment and an enthusiastic and collaborative spirit. The Board affords exceptional professional networking opportunities. When you need anything, the entire Board of Directors and conference planners stand ready to help.
Kari Mofford, Vice President/President-Elect
I am now about 2/3 into my VP year and can honestly say the experience has been wonderful. We are in a time of major transition with world events and have had to respond quickly to new challenges. Our board members have come together as a strong team and we are all helping each other with new challenges.
The VP has the exciting job of organizing the annual conference. As many of you know, this year we planned a two-day joint conference with NELIG, but had to postpone the conference for May 2021. Our program was set and many of the location logistics worked out, so we were glad to keep all this work. This year the new VP will pick up where we left off and not have to start from scratch. So it’s a good year to run for VP.
We are also working on a new strategic plan, which turns out to be even more timely than we expected. The VP will be on the team to implement the plan, so this is another great opportunity to help us change and grow and respond to new needs of our members. This position has improved my event planning, project management, and leadership skills and will undoubtedly continue to do so. When one becomes VP, what you should know is it’s actually a 3-year commitment. After VP year, you become the President, and then have duties as the Past-President. This may seem like a lot, but actually the work changes and in some ways is less strenuous. The three-year commitment helps keep institutional memory and builds a skilled team that doesn’t vanish at the end of the year. But nonetheless, this can be a lot especially when one already has a full-time job. Two of our objectives of the new strategic plan is to address this issue by working on improving our organizational health and to improve and optimize our organizational structure. These are very healthy steps that will not only maintain a chapter that many of us rely on for excellent regional professional development opportunities, but they will ultimately strengthen it and allow it to grow and evolve.
This will be a very exciting year and it is a great time to join our team. I hope you will consider running for this position. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly: email@example.com
Kathrine Aydelott, Secretary
In my role as ACRL NEC Secretary, I take minutes at Board meetings and run online votes using Doodle polls. The time commitment for this position is quite manageable, and the door is open for contributing to other ACRL NEC initiatives. I enjoy meeting face-to-face and visiting different libraries, but there are almost always virtual participation options, so you don’t have to worry about traveling to every meeting. Our discussions are lively and good natured, and I’ve developed a wonderful network of colleagues across New England. I’ll miss working with everyone when my term is over!
This is a terrific opportunity to serve professionally in a meaningful and active way. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about this position!
Lauren Slingluff, Treasurer
I didn’t know what to expect when I ran as treasurer and I’ll admit I had a moment of “oh no, what did I get myself into” but it has been such a fulfilling activity. Serving as treasurer of ACRL NEC has been a great learning opportunity as you manage the budget and aid in planning strategic budget allocations. The role is also unique in that the first year you are learning from an experienced treasurer and getting trained, and that person continues to be a resource when you have questions down the line. I really appreciate the opportunity to contribute to the chapter in a meaningful way and support our members in their activities. I was so intimidated walking into the first board retreat but it is such a welcoming group and I’ve loved the opportunity to get to know everyone better and learn about their libraries and the great work they do there. For anyone looking to strengthen their budget experience, give back to ACRL NEC, and get to know other chapter members better, serving as treasurer is the perfect opportunity.
The Vermont State Representative to ACRL/NEC serves as the conduit for information, events, and opportunities that come from the chapter and also as Vermont’s voice in the leading regional professional development organization for academic librarians. The role entails communication to librarians throughout the State as well as advocacy for Vermont’s often smaller and more rural academic libraries.
As a member of the ACRL/NEC Board, you are connected with librarians throughout New England and are able to expand the scope and depth of your connections with librarians at other institutions. The Vermont State Representative position provides an opportunity to learn more about other institutions’ libraries, policies, trends, and organizational management. As the Vermont State Representative, you will expand your knowledge of the region’s libraries while getting to know other librarians who are committed to developing a robust professional organization for New England’s academic librarians.
Lisa Richter, RI Representative
ACRL's New England Chapter is a mission-driven organization providing high quality, affordable programming as well as access to a growing network of colleagues for support, consultation and collaboration across six states. Serving on the Board of the ACRL NEC is an invaluable opportunity to work alongside some of the most dynamic library professionals in the region. New, as well as seasoned, library professionals work together, developing fresh ideas for continuing the chapter’s success as an organization that is responsive and relevant to its members. One of the ways the chapter achieves this is via the Board positions of State Representative, one for each of the New England states.
The role of ACRL NEC's state representative is to seek opportunities to increase connections and involvement between the chapter and academic library professionals in their constituent state. Our chapter’s representatives work independently on initiatives unique to their state; they also can work as a group to support one another, sharing ideas and best practices that can benefit constituents across the region.
In addition to ensuring effective communication between the chapter and RI constituents, the ACRL NEC state representative for RI provides chapter outreach to students from the graduate LIS program at URI. Promoting the chapter at state conferences such as RILA encourages emerging professionals to participate in special interest groups that can provide valuable post-graduate experiences. Professionals at all levels of librarianship benefit from networking and leadership development through Board service in ACRL NEC.