2020 ILA/ACRL Executive Board Officer Candidates

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The Iowa ACRL Executive Board is pleased to present the 2020 candidates for Executive Board Officers. If there are nominations 'from the floor' please email Liz Riordan [email protected].

Look for election ballot information on Monday, October 28.


ILA/ACRL Member-at-Large

Emma Adams

Bio: Emma Adams serves as the Public Services librarian at Des Moines Area Community College's Ankeny Campus. Emma’s prior roles and experience primarily have been in reference, instruction, and outreach. She previously served in positions at the State University of New York at New Paltz and Pierce College in Washington State. She is a proud first-generation student, earning an AA from Clinton Community College, a BA in English Literature from the University of Dubuque, and an MSLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Statement: I am pleased to stand for election as Member-at-Large of the Executive Board. Since returning to Iowa libraries nearly two years ago, I count my experiences with members at the ILA-ACRL spring conferences and roundtables as some of the most enriching. I would like to continue learning about our association and making meaningful connections. If elected I will work hard and be honored to serve.


ILA/ACRL Vice-President/President-elect

Kate Faford-Johnson (Kitchens)

Bio: Kate Faford-Johnson is a Reference and Instruction Librarian at the University of Dubuque, and liaison to the Natural and Applied Sciences, Nursing, Physician Assistant, Psychology, and Digital Art and Design programs. 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 incarcerated people. Kate has varied experience providing LGBTQ outreach in libraries and currently advises the ProUD student organization at UD. She is currently a member of the Iowa Library Association’s Committee for Diversity and Inclusion, and is rolling off her term as a Member-At-Large for ILA/ACRL’s Executive Board this year. She previously served as a member on the Spring Conference Planning Committee.

Statement: I am honored to have been nominated for V.P./President Elect of ILA/ACRL, and absolutely pumped at the prospect of serving this chapter. I am routinely inspired by the work that library workers in Iowa are doing. Serving on committees for ILA/ACRL and attending the conferences has allowed me to gather many meaningful relationships, which have helped me grow into a more proficient and insightful librarian.

As V.P./President Elect of ILA/ACRL, I would build upon the work our current leadership is doing to help streamline and demystify some of the committee work including the annual ILA/ACRL/IPAL Spring conference planning, to help make explicit some of the institutional knowledge that sometimes gets lost in the shuffle, and to pilot some new initiatives in order to add additional value to being a member of ILA/ACRL. Overall, I would strive to make ILA/ACRL a more accessible and valuable platform for current and potential members to continue to grow in the profession, and maybe even have some fun in the process. Thank you for your consideration.