Want to get more involved with ACRL? Consider running for a position on the ACRL Chapters Council Executive Board. Nominations are now open for the position of Vice-Chair (this position is a 3 year term starting with year 1 as Vice-Chair, year 2 as Chair, and year 3 as Past-Chair) and Secretary (a one year term). Responsibilities for each of the positions are outlined below. As the current Vice-Chair and past Secretary of the Chapters Council I can tell you that serving in these positions provides the opportunity to learn much more about ACRL and to meet and work with a lot of fun people. Please send your nominations (self nominations are encouraged) to Danielle Whren Johnson at email@example.com.
This is a three-year commitment. This officer serves as vice-chair, chair, and past chair in successive oneyear
terms. During the chair’s term of office as Chair, the responsibilities include:
- · Preparing an annual report for ACRL, due May 15.
- · Attend and preside over Annual and Midwinter Chapters Council Meetings.
- · Submit election results from Chapters Council officer elections to ACRL staff.
- · With the Chapters Council officers, prepare the meeting agendas.
- · Appoint ad-hoc committee chairs including the editor for Chapter Topics, List Administrator,
Legislative Network Representative, and Presidential Candidates Forum Committee Chair. These
appointments should be made following Annual (June/July.)
- · With vice-chair, attends ACRL Leader Development and Strategic Planning session at Annual and
- · Serves as ex-officio on the ACRL Research Coordinating Committee.
- · Serves as ex-officio on the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award Nominations
- · Works with the Chair of Leadership Recruitment and Nominations Committee in planning the
ACRL Presidential Candidates Forum. Activities may include creating and editing the list of
questions each candidate will answer and time keeping during the question and answer session.
- · Contact a vendor to provide funding for the ACRL Presidential Candidates Forum luncheon.
Works with ACRL to coordinate the donation.
- · Invite candidates running for ACRL President-Elect and ACRL Director-At-Large to speak at the
Midwinter Meeting of Chapters Council.
The vice-chair is elected at the Annual conference. During the vice-chair’s term of office duties (official
and unofficial) include:
- · Attending Annual and Midwinter Chapters Council Meeting.
- · Attend ACRL Leader Development and Strategic Planning session at Annual and Midwinter.
- · Organizing elections for Vice-Chair and Secretary at Annual.
o At Midwinter announce a call for nominations
o After Midwinter (Jan./Feb) send out announcement to the Chapters Council listserv
requesting nominations, including self-nominations. Deadline date of mid-March.
o Collect bios, photos, and position statements to send to Chapter Topics Editor. Deadline is
usually in early May.
o Run the election at Annual; tally the paper votes; and announce results.
- · Contact a vendor to sponsor refreshments for the Chapters Council Meeting. In 2008 and 2009,
EBSCO funded the breakfast at each Annual Conference. Work with ACRL to coordinate the
- · Writing a follow-up thank you to the vendor after Annual and Midwinter for sponsorship.
- · Organize a Dine-Around for the Chapters Council delegates at Annual and Midwinter. This is an
informal dinner. Announcement of details sent to Chapters Council listserv and Chapter Topics.
- · Organizes, on an as-needed basis, workshops at Midwinter to help council members address areas
of leadership concern that ACRL requires from each chapter. For example, a workshop was held
that assisted council members to complete the ACRL annual report, which is required of each
- · Attends Annual Conference and Midwinter Meeting.
- · Serves as ex-officio on the ACRL Membership Committee.
- · Serves as a member of the ACRL Leadership Recruitment and Nominations Committee. Because
this a two-year appointment, every other past chair serves on this committee.
- · This office is a one-year commitment.
- · Secretary is responsible for taking roll and recording the minutes at Midwinter and Annual.
- · Minutes are submitted for approval to the Council at the subsequent meeting for approval and then
to the editor of Chapter Topics for publication.
- · Draft and final minutes from conferences are submitted to the ACRL Program Coordinator for
posting on the Chapters Council web page.