ACRL ANSS ACJS Liaison: 2021 – 2024

The ACRL Anthropology and Sociology Section (ANSS) is currently seeking candidates to serve a three-year term (July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2024) as the ACRL Liaison to the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) as part of ACRL’s Liaisons Program. Liaisons are responsible for outreach, education, and communication between ACJS and ACRL to form strong relationships and advance the interests of ACRL and ANSS.

Deadline for Applications: April 1, 2021

About the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS)

“The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) is an international association established in 1963 to foster professional and scholarly activities in the field of criminal justice. ACJS promotes criminal justice education, research, and policy analysis within the discipline of criminal justice for both educators and practitioners. Providing a forum for disseminating ideas related to issues in research, policy, education, and practice within the field, ACJS attributes its success in creating this dynamic professional association to the composition of its membership.”

For more information about the organization, please visit  To learn more about becoming a liaison, use this form.  

Liaison responsibilities and expectations:

  • Join and be actively involved in ACJS; participate in a subject section of ACJS
  • Contact the previous ACRL ANSS ACJS liaison and the current ANSS Liaison Committee Chair for help and information especially about ongoing work and projects
  • Work to increase collaboration between ACRL ANSS and ACJS by sharing information with members of both organizations via email (minimum) and other impactful communication venues such as presentations at ACJS and ACRL conference on topics of interest to both groups
  • Keep abreast of scholarly interests and other matters that might be pertinent to ACRL/ANSS and academic librarianship
  • Provide annual report on ACJS’s meeting and your activities to the ACRL Board, ANSS Chair/Executive Committee, and ANSS Liaison Committee
  • Communicate with the ANSS membership via reports in Currents, virtual meetings, blogs etc.
  • Attend ACJS (usually in March or April), ALA, and meetings of ANSS, ANSS Liaison Committee, and ACRL Liaisons Assembly Committee 
    • You may be able to supplement your institutional funding with ACRL funding. Please note funding request proposals are due the first of August each year for attending meetings in the upcoming year.

Deadline for Applications: April 1, 2021



  • Current membership in ANSS, ACRL, and ACJS (ACJS may be joined upon appointment)
  • Experience collaborating with criminal justice/criminology faculty and providing assistance to criminal justice/criminology students
  • Interest in coordinating activities to increase interaction between ACJS and ACRL, ability to articulate ideas for collaboration and discuss options for carrying them out.
  • Experience with or interest in outreach and education efforts
  • Excellent leadership abilities and communication skills
  • Financial support to attend the ACJS Annual Conferences for the length of the three-year term, if not fully funded by ACRL
    • Note: ANSS may provide limited, supplemental funding; ACRL Liaison committee reviews funding requests (deadline August 1)


  • Record of serving ANSS and/or ACRL on committees, task forces, etc.
  • Participation in one or more sections of ACJS
  • Advanced degree or graduate coursework in criminal justice/criminology or related areas

Submission Requirements

Candidates must submit:

  • A letter of application articulating qualifications and current curriculum vitae (CV) to:

Check out example letters of application from Celia Emmelhainz (American Anthropological Association Liaison) and Christine Slaughter (American Sociological Association Liaison).

Selection Process Timeline

  • April 1: Deadline for applications
  • April 2 – April 20: ANSS Liaison Committee reviews submitted applications and recommends a liaison candidate to the ANSS Executive Board
  • April 21 – May 15: ANSS Executive Board reviews recommendation sand contacts the successful candidate to confirm they are still able to serve
  • May 16 – May 30: ANSS Executive board officially appoints successful candidate
  • May 16 – May 30: ANSS Liaison Committee chair(s) contacts successful and unsuccessful candidates
  • Annual Conference: Selected candidate attends ALA Annual for the start of the 2021 – 2024 term, if possible, and is invited to the ANSS Liaison Committee and the ANSS Executive Committee meetings

Contact Jylisa Doney ( and Christine Slaughter (, ANSS Liaison Committee Co-Chairs, with questions.