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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


Nominate a Minnesota Academic Innovator Today!

Innovation. Change. Transformation. Breakthrough. Do you know an academic librarian or academic project team whose projects, programs, or services have made recent outstanding contributions that advance the mission of an academic and/or research library through an innovative project, program or service?

If so, nominate him or her today for the Minnesota Academic Innovators Award!

Nominations can be made online through April 6, 2018.

About the award: The Minnesota Academic Innovators Award is sponsored by the MLA Academic & Research Libraries Division (ARLD). The recipient of the award will be recognized and presented with $300 at ARLD Day 2018 (April 27th at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum). MLA membership is not required for nominators or nominees.


Award criteria: Projects, programs, or services should demonstrate creativity, quality, and innovation within the context of an academic institution. Innovation is doing something in a new way.  Innovation can be a brand new idea or refining something that’s always been done with great results.  Innovation will be considered very broadly and is not limited to technology. Previous winners’ projects have included embedded librarianship, community outreach, and library assessment.


Questions? Contact Jodi Carlson Grebinoski (

Upcoming Events

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