2019 ILA/ACRL Executive Board Officer Candidates

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The Iowa ACRL Executive Board is pleased to present the 2019 slate of candidates for Executive Board Officers. If there are nominations 'from the floor' please email Julia Salting ([email protected]).

I want to extend a personal and sincere thank you to the three librarians who accepted nomination to serve our association in these leadership roles.

Look for election ballot information on Wednesday, November 28.


ILA/ACRL Member-at-Large

Cathy Cranston

Bio: Cathy Cranston earned a BA in anthropology from the University of Northern Iowa and an MA in Library & Information Science from the University of Iowa. She is currently Head of the Undergraduate Engagement Department at the University of Iowa Libraries. Joining ILA almost 20 years ago when she started her career off at Central College, she took a long recess when she headed west to Colorado State University for a large part of her professional life. Happy to return home to Iowa a few years ago, she rejoined ILA/ACRL and has served on the Professional Development and Membership Committees. Her professional work has focused on information literacy and instruction, and her most recent national service was as a member of the ALA-APA Salary and Status of Library Workers Committee.

Statement: I am excited to be considered for the Member-at-Large role for ILA/ACRL. It has been a pleasure to reacquaint myself with the academic librarians doing such good work all across Iowa. I value the professional development and information sharing opportunities that this vibrant professional organization provides, and am well situated (literally and figuratively) to actively engage our up and coming librarians in the University of Iowa’s SLIS program. If elected, I will work hard to continue to foster the spirit of community, cooperation, and collaboration that is evident when librarians gather at the annual meeting.


ILA/ACRL Secretary-Treasurer 

Annah Hackett

Bio: Annah Hackett is the Campus Engagement and Instruction Librarian at Grand View University in Des Moines, IA. She spends most of her time working with students (particularly first year students) on information literacy skills and planning outreach events for the library. Before coming to Grand View in 2016, she was a Resident Librarian at the University of Idaho. At that time, she also served as the chair of the Idaho Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee. Hackett received her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s iSchool in 2015. She is a frequent collaborator and volunteer with the ACLU of Iowa, including helping plan the annual Banned Books Week Trivia Night and Fundraiser. She currently serves on the ILA/ACRL’s Electric Communications Committee and the ILA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee. In October 2018, she was named the ACRL-ULS Member of the Month. When she is not working, she spends most of her time cooking or baking and then cleaning up the mess these activities tend to create.

Statement: I am putting forth my candidacy for this position because I want to do my part to help continue creating connections between librarians throughout the state so that we can all learn from one another. I am also interested in helping offer more professional development opportunities for Iowa librarians. This experience will build on my current involvement with the organization’s Electronic Communication Committee. I look forward to the opportunity to get more involved with ILA/ACRL as the Secretary/Treasurer.


ILA/ACRL Vice-President/President-elect

Elizabeth Riordan

Bio: Elizabeth Riordan received a BA from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois and MA in Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa in 2018. Elizabeth is a native Iowan and has been a member of ILA since entering graduate school in 2016. She currently works for the University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections as the Outreach and Engagement Librarian, spending her time working with students, faculty, and the community to help them discover the resources the library has to offer.

Statement: I am incredibly honored to be considered for the position of Vice President/President-Elect of ILA/ACRL. My plan for this organization is to strengthen it as a resource for professionals in academic libraries across the state, particularly for emerging librarians entering the academic library world. By finding ways to continue improving communication, through physical and virtual spaces, ILA/ACRL can become the center where knowledge of experienced academic librarians in Iowa can be shared. It can also be a space where ideas for innovation in information literacy teaching can flow from library to library. As funding and resources shift and change in this state, it is important to come together to support our libraries and find solutions to the problems we face in our careers every day, while also taking time to foster the future leaders in the profession. From there we can continue to further our efforts in increasing information literacy for K-12 students and those continuing their education, an effort important now more than ever, by exploring tactics that have been proven to work and experimenting with ideas yet to be hatched. The question I ask moving forward is how can we build stronger bonds within our own group so that we may build stronger bridges to our community? I would be grateful for the chance to work on this question and to hear your own ideas on how to accomplish this task.