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Meet the 2020 Election Candidates

Vice-Presidential Candidate: Amandajean Freking Nolte

Amandajean Freking Nolte earned a BA in Communication/Theatre Arts Education (2005) and a MA (2007) in Communication Studies from the University of Northern Iowa. After almost ten years as a Communication Studies instructor and a peer theatre troupe director, she juggled work, family, and school to earn her MA in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2018). She is currently an Information Literacy Librarian at Wartburg College, where like so many librarians, she does the work that numerous folks used to do.

"I am honored to be considered for the position of Vice President/President-Elect of ILA/ACRL. My plan for this organization is to look at the changes the pandemic forced us to make as an organization and make intentional decisions about how that should change our future processes and goals. We no longer can say, "well, that's just the way it has always been done." We've seen alternate options and can, as an organization, use that information to move us in the direction we want to be in the coming years. For many of us, ILA/ACRL became a steady presence during a time of unrest and stress at our institutions. Having a community to process our concerns and fears allowed us to feel a little less alone when many of us felt abandoned by our institutions and concerned for both our and our patrons' safety. I would like to see ILA/ACRL continue to be a place for folks who work in academic librarians to crowdsource answers to challenges and build worker power. In the coming years, academic libraries likely face hiring freezes, budget cuts, and changes in priorities. I want to be part of the movement to meet these needs head-on with my information professionals community. I look forward to giving back to an association that has always benefited me, but really stepped in when I needed them most."

Secretary/Treasurer Candidate: Lindsay Healy

Lindsay Healey is a native Iowan who started working in libraries as a Student Assistant at Iowa State University’s Parks Library, where she worked on a grant reformatting project for the National Agricultural Library. After receiving a BA in English from Iowa State University and working in library support staff roles for several years, she returned to school to earn an MA in Library Science from the University of Missouri. She is currently a librarian at Des Moines Area Community College on the Ankeny Campus.

Lindsay is currently serving as the ILA/ACRL Secretary/Treasurer and has previously served on the Membership Committee. As part of ILA, she has served on the Communications Committee, Annual Conference Planning Committee as co-chair of the Speakers Committee, and as Chair of the Community College Librarians Roundtable.

“I am excited to be given the opportunity to continue to serve ILA/ACRL as Secretary/Treasurer. I believe that the connections, experience, and professional development opportunities that ILA/ACRL provides are invaluable to library professionals across the state. Because ILA/ACRL has been so important to me personally, it is a priority for me to be able to help the organization continue to grow. If elected, I will ensure transparency and access to meeting minutes, committee reports, and financial statements in order to improve communication and foster collaboration among our board, members, ILA, and librarians across Iowa.”

Member-At-Large Candidate: Jill O’Neil

Jill is the head librarian/library director at Clinton Community College in Clinton, Iowa. She

received her Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature from Aurora University and

her Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa.

She is a member of the Iowa Library Association and the American Library Association.

Through ILA, she is on the Intellectual Freedom Committee, the Association of College and Research Libraries, Electronic Communications Committee, the Leadership Development Committee, and is also the Public Library Forum Treasurer. Through ALA, she is part of the PLA Family Engagement Task Force and is an ACRL member and LLAMA member.

Additionally, Jill is actively involved in the Clinton community and serves as the Rotary Club of Clinton Secretary, Grant writer, and is on the Rotary Auction Committee. She also works with the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce as an Ambassador and is on their Event Committee, as well as on the Board of Directors for the Clinton Conventions and Visitors Bureau.

She also has a little man in elementary school that keeps her more than busy! She likes to think she’s an amateur photographer and graphic design artist. She is working on her “To Be Read” stack and is finally starting to tackle the 52 novels she’s been procrastinating on reading...since 2007.