2017 ILA/ACRL Officer Candidates

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Thank you for participating in chapter elections for Vice President/President-Elect, Secretary/Treasurer, and Member-at-Large positions, with terms to begin in January 2017. The online ballot will be available December 12-18. A link to the online ballot was distributed to ILA/ACRL members via email on December 12. Any members who require a paper ballot should contact Beth McMahon, Chair of Nominating Committee, as soon as possible via email: [email protected] or by phone: 641-628-5345. 

Candidate bios and statements are available for review below.

For each position, the candidate receiving the largest number of votes will be elected. In the case of a tie vote, the successful candidate will be determined by majority vote of the Executive Board (See Article VI, Section 2, vii of chapter bylaws). Results will be communicated to the Chapter Executive Board immediately after they have been tabulated and to the membership via email.


Candidates for Vice President / President Elect

Conrad Bendixen: Candidate for Vice President/President Elect ILA/ACRL

Biography: Conrad Bendixen is currently a Reference and Instruction Librarian at St. Ambrose University. He received his BA in English from the University of Iowa in 2008, and his MA in Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa in 2010. Prior to his position at St. Ambrose University, he worked at Central College in Pella and Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids. A lifetime resident of Iowa and a member of ILA/ACRL since 2010, Conrad currently serves on the Nominating Committee and previously served on the Newsletter Committee.

Statement: I am honored and excited to have been given been nominated for the position of Vice President/President Elect of ILA/ACRL. From the beginning of my career, I've counted the resources and connections that I've made through our organization to be one of the most valuable tools in my development as an academic librarian. As such, I would enjoy the opportunity help our organization in continuing to adapt and grow in our ever changing learning environment.

I believe that one of the most important steps in doing so is to continue nurturing the existing relationships within ILA/ACRL while reaching out to both new librarians and those who have fallen away from ILA/ACRL. I would like to establish closer relationships with other statewide library organizations with a goal of outreach towards those not currently in an academic library who nevertheless have important knowledge and skills to contribute. Similarly, I would be interested in pursuing mentoring opportunities for library students and new librarians as a means of welcoming them into the profession while exposing them to the invaluable knowledge and relationships contained within our organization. Thank you for your time and consideration.


Jennifer Sterling: Candidate for Vice President/President Elect ILA/ACRL

Biography: Jennifer Sterling earned a BS in Education degree from Pittsburg State University in 1996 and an MA in Library Science from the University of Missouri in 1998. She began working at William Penn University as Reference Librarian in 1998. She took a short break to work in a public library and medical library and returned to Penn as Instructional Services Librarian in 2002. Jennifer has previously served on the Executive Board as Member at Large. She has also served on the Spring Conference Planning committee several times, including as Chair in 2012, the Awards committee, the Newsletter committee and currently serves as Secretary Treasurer.

Statement: I am pleased to accept the nomination of Vice-President/President-Elect. ILA/ACRL is an important part of my professional life. I value the connections I have made with my colleagues and the expertise you all share with me. Volunteering with ILA/ACRL is so rewarding to me and I would be eager serve as the Vice-President/President-Elect.

It would be an honor to serve as a leader of our strong, energized, and established organization. Of course I would strive to keep that momentum going. Our fall and spring conferences are always something members look forward to and I’m excited about new initiatives that our Professional Development and College Readiness committees are hard at work on. I would enjoy working to create more opportunities to share and collaborate with academic librarians across our state. We all have incredible contributions to offer this profession and to one another within this organization. Thank you for your consideration.


Candidates for Secretary / Treasurer

Kristy Raine: Candidate for Secretary/Treasurer ILA/ACRL

Biography: Kristy Raine, reference librarian and archivist at Mount Mercy University, received her BA from Huntingdon College (Montgomery, AL) and completed an MA in English from Iowa State University. Following careers as a high school English teacher and composition instructor, Raine received an MA in Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa. She joined Mount Mercy’s library staff soon after, serves on a number of campus committees and is the library consultant to all freshman experience (portal) and business courses.

Raine is also known within Grant Wood scholarship circles for her online project about the Stone City Art Colony. She is a longtime member of ILA-ACRL and serves as the Ambassador for her institution. Raine served as Secretary Treasurer for the 2015 ILA-ACRL Executive Board and is a member of the chapter’s new Professional Development Committee.

Candidate’s Statement: I appreciate the opportunity to be considered for a second term within the chapter’s executive board. I offer my previous experience as evidence of my ability to perform the role successfully. I enjoy attending ILA/ACRL conferences, networking with colleagues and being part of growth and change within academic libraries. I would be honored to serve as an officer.


Carrie Wade: Candidate for Secretary/Treasurer ILA/ACRL

Biography: Carrie Wade is currently the Library Director of the Frederick Madison Smith Library at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa. Before taking on the directorship in Fall of 2014 she was the assistant librarian at Graceland’s Nursing School in Independence, Missouri and a docent and assistant curator of the Historic Kansas City Garment District Museum. Prior to those positions she worked in a variety of environments in the Kansas City, Missouri area including a recorded sound archive, urban public libraries, digital open repository initiatives, and in 2012 spent a six month stint building and repairing trail infrastructure in the wilds of Northwest Montana. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Missouri and a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Sciences with a Certificate in Rare Book and Manuscript Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At Graceland she has focused her efforts on changing the campus culture surrounding the library by advocating for academic partnerships, student and staff collaborations, building sustainable collections, and improving access to electronic resources. She is currently involved in the Iowa Private Academic Libraries (IPAL) Group as the webmaster. In 2015-2016 she was a member  of the ACRL’s College Library Director Mentoring Program cohort. In her limited spare hours she enjoys doing yoga, ultimate frisbee, playing the piano, backpacking, and watching movies with her cat.

Statement of Purpose: As a leader I am committed to improving communication and fostering a sense of community in my organizations. At Graceland I keep an open-door policy not only for communicating with library staff, but also to make myself widely available to everyone on campus. As secretary/treasurer I will ensure communication is open and accessible to all members and interested parties.

Professional development is very important to me as well, as this is how librarians of all specialties and paraprofessionals can grow their resources to improve libraries and higher education across the state. Being able to promote local and accessible professional development opportunities is something I feel strongly about and want to promote and improve throughout the state of Iowa with the ILA/ACRL.

Throughout all of my work you will find a tremendous attention to detail, energy, and a creative spirit, and I hope to bring that to the ILA/ACRL as Secretary/Treasurer. Also, I can fell a tree with a crosscut saw and axe in case that ever comes up.

Concrete goals: One very small but seemingly obvious thing would be to provide better access to minutes and executive reports. Finding alternative modes of communication for these documents could improve organizational transparency and be more effective for communicating the vision of ILA/ACRL to our constituent

Communication is crucial for recruiting, energizing, and retaining membership in the ILA/ACRL. As secretary/treasurer I plan to find new ways to reach both potential and existing members through working with the Electronic Communications Team to improve our reach. With collaborations amongst the executive board, committees and members I think we can improve involvement and generate some new energy within the ILA/ACRL that will gather momentum and hopefully last for many years to come.


Candidates for Member at Large

Becky Canovan: Candidate for Member at Large ILA/ACRL

Biography: Becky Canovan is the Assistant Director of Public Services at the University of Dubuque. She joined UD's Charles C. Myers Library staff in 2008 as the Reference and Instruction Librarian. Prior to her hiring, she earned her B.A. (History, English, & Politics) from Cornell College right here in Iowa, and her M.L.I.S. from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has been a ILA/ACRL member since 2008 and has served as a member of the now defunct Mentorship committee as well as the Membership committee, of which she was also chair in 2012.

Candidate’s Statement: It would be an honor to serve as Member-at-Large and give voice to the membership as a whole. I am excited about the proactive role that ILA/ACRL has taken in recent years about reaching out to University of Iowa SLIS students, creating a committee to address K-16 information literacy, and most recently professional development. Academic libraries in Iowa have accomplished so much together. I would be honored to be a part of that. Serving as Member-at-large, I would strive to listen to and represent academic librarians from across this state. I’ve co-chaired the Information Literacy Interest Group with IPAL for the past 3 years. This has given me a chance to network with librarians from all over the state so I feel I can help bring those voices to the table at ILA-ACRL.


Brittney Thomas: Candidate for Member at Large ILA/ACRL

Biography: I received my Bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University in 2008 and my Master’s degree in Library & Information Science from the University of Iowa in 2011. I began my professional career as a Visiting Public Services Librarian at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois. Within six months my eagerness to learn, willingness to roll up my sleeves and get my hands dirty, and adaptability and willingness to try new things persuaded Illinois College to make my position a permanent one. In 2013, I began working at the University of Iowa as the Learning Commons Coordinator, helping to open and bring online a newly renovated space filled with innovative services, spaces and resources. That role has taught me how to advocate and work with two separate groups (Libraries and Information Technology Services) to make the Learning Commons successful. I have been active in ILA/ACRL since coming back to Iowa in 2013, participating in various committees including the Electronic Communications Committee and Awards Committee. I am also active in the national ACRL Division, maintaining membership in a variety of sections, including the College Libraries, University Libraries and Arts sections, and participating in various committees. I’m currently a member of the ULS Communications Committee and the Arts Membership & Outreach Committee.

Statement: My interest in serving the ILA/ACRL chapter as a member-at-large stems largely from my recent experience with the chapter as a committee member. My time involved in ILA/ACRL has shown me that the chapter is made up of dedicated and passionate library professionals with whom I have much respect for and can learn much from. ILA/ACRL is a close-knit community whose members care about each other as professionals, understands the value of each library organization, and work to support the Iowa community holistically. I believe I can continue to add value to that support with my enthusiasm and energy. I have good ideas and can make a good advocate for the Iowa academic community. Actively supporting ILA/ACRL is a continued professional goal of mine and joining the Executive Board as a member-at-large will allow me to learn more about the ILA/ACRL organization and improve my leadership skills.

My sincerest thanks for considering my interest in joining the ILA/ACRL Executive Board as a Member-At-Large. I’m available to respond to any additional questions or comments you may have.

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