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Purpose: ARLD is a forum for and an advocate of academic and research librarians and library personnel, and all other information professionals that serve academic and research institutions. 

The purpose of ARLD is:

1) To contribute to the professional and career development of all academic library personnel by conducting workshops and arranging programs including Dialogues and our annual ARLD Day conference (in April).

2) To enhance the capabilities of Minnesota academic libraries to serve the needs of their users. 

3) To promote and advocate for the interests of academic libraries. 

4) To promote the study, research, and dissemination of information relevant to academic librarianship. 

5) To promote and foster cooperation and communication among the members of ARLD, the academic community, other library organizations, and other associations. 

6) To support and protect intellectual freedom in academic libraries. 

7) To acknowledge and honor the achievements of academic library personnel through the innovator award.

Membership: Anyone interested in the objectives of  ARLD is encouraged to become a member by joining the Minnesota Library Association and choosing ARLD as your division. Members of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) who live in Minnesota are automatically members of ARLD, as ARLD is the Minnesota chapter of ACRL.

Leadership Roster

Chair Phil Dudas, Information Services Manager
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Past Chair  

Jodi Carlson Grebinoski,
Reference & Government Information Librarian
University of Minnesota, Duluth

Chair Elect
Megan Kocher, Science Librarian
University of Minnesota
Jenny McBurney
Research Services Coordinator & Social Sciences Librarian, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
 Communications Officer   Jonathan D. Carlson, Science Librarian
Saint Benedict / Saint John's University
Legislative Liaison

Ginny Moran, Instruction & Research Librarian Macalester

Kellie Meehlhause, Instruction Coordinator
University of Minnesota, Morris 


Allie Thome
Systems & Web Librarian, Concordia College


Agendas and Minutes

2017 Minutes

January 2017
February 2017
March 2017
April 2017
May 2017
June 2017
July 2017
August 2017
September 2017 (Annual Business Meeting)

2016 Minutes

December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016 (Annual Business Meeting)
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016

2015 Minutes

December 2015
November 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015

2014 Minutes

November 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014

Annual Reports

2015 Annual Report
2017 Annual Report


Academic Innovator Award 2017 Press Release

Amy Mars, a Research & Instruction Librarian at St. Catherine University, is the recipient of the 2017 Minnesota Academic Innovators Award. This award recognizes academic librarians who have made outstanding contributions to advance the missions of academic libraries in Minnesota through innovative projects, programs, or services.

After the murder of Philando Castile, Amy — feeling the library needed to do more to help enact change on racial justice issues — started a year-long initiative, One Read for Racial Justice, to open up conversations about race on her campus. Centering on the book A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, she partnered with many people and departments on her campus to create discussions around the book, encourage faculty to use it in their classes, design events, and bring in author speakers. Programs included in this initiative have covered topics including diversity in the publishing industry, racism in the criminal justice system, Black Lives Matter, stand your ground culture, and healing justice. Several departments across campus sponsored One Read-related events; ultimately more than 40 events were held as part of this year-long initiative. Most recently, Amy organized an on-campus panel discussion featuring six authors from A Good Time for the Truth. Speaking to a standing-room-only crowd, they received a standing ovation and accolades from the University’s President. Because of Amy’ efforts reaching out to faculty, staff, and students, this One Read permeated her campus community, showcasing the library as a strong advocate for racial justice and an active partner in educating students. Amy started an important dialogue on her campus about how faculty, staff, and students talk about race.

Amy was recognized and presented the 2017 Minnesota Academic Innovators Award at ARLD Day on April 28, 2017.

Upcoming Events

ARLD Day 2018 will take place on Friday, April 27th, 2018.

Session proposals are now being accepted for ARLD Day. Find more information on the event page. Submit your session proposal by Friday, February 9, 2018.

ARLD Dialogues

ARLD Dialogues are an opportunity for academic librarians from various institutions to gather and converse about a particular aspect of librarianship. ARLD currently provides $12/ARLD Dialogue participant up to a maximum of twenty-five participants.

The topic of the ARLD Dialogue is the responsibility of the ARLD member who is submitting a request for an ARLD Dialogue. Preparations for an event, including food arrangements and location, will be completed by the ARLD member upon approval from the ARLD Board. ARLD and the MLA Office will initiate and assist with advertising.

ARLD typically sponsors two ARLD Dialogues per year, dependent upon budget constraints. Requests to host an ARLD Dialogue can be submitted at any time. Please contact an ARLD Board member if interested.

ARLD Events and Materials Archive


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