Organization Manual: Government Relations Representative

This person will be appointed by the current ILA/ACRL President, and should be a member of the Chapter and of ACRL.  This person also serves as the chapter ACRL Legislative Coordinator.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Develop a local advocacy network of individuals within the chapter who will contact their legislators when an issue comes before the House, Senate or other arms of government which impacts academic/research libraries or the higher education community;
  2. Work to create an awareness of legislative and information policy issues at the local level and inform academic/research librarians and others about how they can become involved in advocacy efforts;
  3. Keep informed about ALA legislative initiatives and information policy issues;
  4. Identify and collect examples of academic/research library activities and practices in support of legislative initiatives to be shared with the ACRL Government Relations Committee and the ALA Washington Office;
  5. Promote the legislative agenda developed by the ACRL Government Relations Committee and adopted by the ACRL Board;
  6. Channel information regarding local issues through the ACRL Legislative Network Representative to the ACRL Government Relations Committee and the ACRL Office for appropriate action;
  7. When possible, coordinate the work of the ACRL Legislative Network with the initiatives of the ALA state chapters.
  8. Serve as non-voting Ex Officio member of the ILA/ACRL Executive Board.

Government Relations Representative

2024 H Pedelty, University of Iowa
2023 H Pedelty, University of Iowa
2023 Brett Cloyd, University of Iowa (resigned)
2022 Brett Cloyd, University of Iowa
2021 Brett Cloyd, University of Iowa
2020 Brett Cloyd, University of Iowa
2019 Mary Heinzman, St. Ambrose University
2018 Mary Heinzman, St. Ambrose University
2017 Mary Heinzman, St. Ambrose University
2016 James O’Gorman, St. Ambrose University
2015 James O’Gorman, St. Ambrose University
2014 James O’Gorman, St. Ambrose University
2013 James O’Gorman, St. Ambrose University
2012 James O’Gorman, St. Ambrose University
2011 James O’Gorman, St. Ambrose University
2010 James O’Gorman, St. Ambrose University
2009 James O’Gorman, St. Ambrose University
2008 Lisa McDaniels, University of Iowa
2007 John Goodin, Luther College
2006 John Goodin, Luther College
2005 John Goodin, Luther College
2004 John Goodin, Luther College
2003 John Goodin, Luther College
2002 John Goodin, Luther College
2001 John Goodin, Luther College
2000 John Goodin, Luther College
1999 Jane Kemp, Luther College
1998 Dorothy Persson, University of Iowa
1997 Dorothy Persson, University of Iowa

 Here is the ACRL page that defines the Government Relations Committee: http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl/directoryofleadership/committees/acr-lg

And the ALA page that describes how the legislative agenda is set: http://www.ala.org/aboutala/committees/ala/ala-lg

Update these instructions for next year’s committee.