2018 Executive Board Candidates

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Julia Salting: Candidate for Vice President/President Elect ILA/ACRL

Biography: Julia [Dickinson] Salting has a B.A. in sociology from DePauw University and an MLS from Indiana University—Bloomington. Prior to becoming Assistant Library Director at St. Ambrose University, Julia held positions in reference and instructional services at Berea College in eastern Kentucky, Illinois Wesleyan University, and Hamilton College in upstate New York. She has been a member of national ACRL throughout her career and served as College Libraries Section program planning co-chair for the 2013 ALA Annual Conference. Julia has been a member of Iowa Library Association and ILA/ACRL since arriving in Iowa six years ago. She has served ILA/ACRL as a member of the now defunct Newsletter Committee and as Chair of the Fall Program Committee. Julia has also served as Member-At- Large on the Steering Committee of Iowa Private Academic Libraries consortium. Julia is a member of the 2012 cohort of Iowa Library Association’s Leadership Institute and was awarded a Susan Lerdal scholarship to attend the ILA conference in that same year.

Statement: I am excited to be a candidate for the ILA/ACRL Vice-President/President-Elect position. If elected, I am happy to serve the association, first, as chair of the Nominating Committee in order to get to know colleagues from across the state better. As VP, I look forward to learning more about the current work of the Executive Board. I am eager to assist the incoming ILA/ACRL President with bringing tasks to fruitful conclusion, supporting ongoing initiatives, fleshing out new ideas, and communicating those things via existing platforms. Staying aware is increasingly important when so much of what we hold dear professionally seems to be under attack from too many sides. I am a passionate, active, and vocal advocate for the contributions that academic librarians make to their institutions and for the common good. If we can express what we as information professionals want, I welcome the opportunity to work collectively as part of this association to make it happen. Thank you for your consideration of my candidacy.

Kristy Raine: Candidate for Secretary Treasurer ILA/ACRL

Biography:A member of Mount Mercy University’s library staff, Kristy Raine currently serves as a reference librarian and the university’s archivist. She will assume the role of the university’s library director in January 2018. Kristy received her BA from Huntingdon College (Montgomery, AL) and completed an MA in English from Iowa State University. Following careers as a high school language arts teacher, technical writer, and composition instructor, Raine completed an MA in Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa (SLIS). She joined Mount Mercy’s staff within months of graduation, serves on a number of campus committees, and is the library’s liaison to all freshman experience (portal) and business courses.

Raine is a member of ILA-ACRL, serves as the Ambassador for her institution, and has served the executive board as interim secretary-treasurer this year. She previously served as secretary/treasurer during 2015 and is a member of the chapter’s professional development committee.

Candidate’s Statement: I appreciated the board’s encouragement to fill the role of secretary-treasurer for the remainder of this year and offer my nomination to be considered for another full term. I have extensive experience in recording the board’s minutes and reporting on its current finances. The chapter affords its members wonderful opportunities for networking, learning experiences, and growth. I would be pleased to serve as an officer, once again.

Jennie Ver Steeg: Candidate for Member At Large

Biography: I received a BS and MS in Child Development and an MA in English/Creative Writing from Iowa State University, and my MLS from the University of Iowa. Before librarianship, I taught Composition at ISU and DMACC, and was the Writing Specialist at the University of Northern Iowa, as well as a test prep tutor, security guard, test kitchen assistant, and proofreader. I began my library career as the director of the West Liberty Public Library, before leaving Iowa for the Chicago area, working as College of Education liaison at Northern Illinois University, then spending time in the for-profit online education realm, creating and directing online libraries for American Intercontinental University, Kaplan University, and Walden University, where I also managed the launch of the university digital repository. At Kaplan, I was hired to sever ties with a longtime contracted library suite of services and create library services from the ground up, while trying to provide a shared suite of resources and professional development opportunities for all 70 campuses then in the Kaplan “stable.”

In 2015 I returned to my home state, and I’m currently the library director at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, where I’m the solo librarian surrounded by enthusiastic paraprofessional and student workers. My focus at NIACC is to provide low cost high touch public relations and marketing of our services to the campus and the larger service area, and to form partnerships outside the library that benefit the entire community. I also have a little side gig with Chatstaff, a North Carolina company which provides after hours and overflow chat-based reference for 450 academic and public libraries worldwide, which is great for my brain and gives me a peek at how hundreds of libraries do the same thing in completely different ways.

I’m currently a member of the Central Iowa Project Management Institute Chapter, where my official role is “fangirl, and I’m a member of the Iowa Association of College and Research Libraries Spring Conference Planning Committee.

Statement: In my tenure in the for-profit world I was discouraged and even prohibited from joining professional associations or sharing freely any of the services and initiatives I was involved with, citing trade secrets and brand espionage, both very real concerns in a for profit, publicly traded world. It’s not a world in which I flourish, nor is it a world that serves the highest and best goals of academic libraries. I’m glad to be back in the collaborative, sharing world of libraries once again! My home state, despite current funding challenges and the aging population we all know, is uniquely suited to collaborations across the state which help us all meet the needs of the state’s learners. I’m very keen on exploring synergies with institutions which value literacy across the state, such as the Iowa Center for the Book and their statewide initiatives, or the Iowa Literacy Council and their annual virtual Adult Education and Literacy Conference, or even simply more face to face with the public libraries in our communities. How could we help each other help the state?

Kate Kitchens: Candidate for Member At Large

Bio: Kate Kitchens is a Reference and Instruction Librarian and Liaison for the Natural, Applied, and Health Sciences at the University of Dubuque. Prior to her current position she worked as an Information Specialist for the Shreve Memorial Library System in Shreveport, LA. She earned her BA in creative writing from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, with her first two years at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and a year of studying Japanese language and culture at Kansai Gaidai University in Hirakata, Japan. She earned an MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she worked as a Graduate Reference Assistant at the Ebling Library for the Health Sciences and volunteered in the Dane County Jails providing books to inmates. Kate has varied experience providing LGBTQ outreach in public and academic libraries and advises the PROUD student organization at UD. She currently serves as the Disaster Health Information Coordinator for the state of Iowa through a program provided by the National Library of Medicine.

Statement: I am honored to accept a nomination for the Member At-Large position on the Executive Committee of ILA/ACRL. As a newer member I was struck by the warm and welcoming atmosphere when I attended my first ILA/ACRL conference. The atmosphere has made it easy for me to ask questions in order to learn from others and present my own ideas as well. What drew me to librarianship in the first place and what sustains my motivation is a deep conviction for public service, social justice, equity, and lifelong learning. I am grateful to work alongside so many driven librarians who make manifest these values in their daily work and who inspire me to keep aiming higher. I have accepted this nomination because I am interested in paying back the community that has supported me and exploring ways to best leverage my individual strengths to serve fellow Iowa librarians and the profession as a whole.