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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


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

Past Chair   Amanda Mills, Instructor/Librarian
Minneapolis Community & Technical College

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

Sara J. Stambaugh, Librarian
Rasmussen College

 Communications Officer   Jonathan D. Carlson, Science Librarian
Saint Benedict / Saint John's University
Legislative Liaison

Michael DeNotto, Instructional Services Librarian
St. Mary's University

Kellie Meehlhause, Instruction Coordinator
University of Minnesota, Morris 

Megan Kocher, Science Librarian
University of Minnesota

Agendas and Minutes

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


2013 Minutes

December 2013
November 2013
September 2013
August 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013

Annual Reports

2015 Annual Report


Academic Innovator Award 2016 Press Release

The “From Our Collections Group,” made up of University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC) library assistants Kaia Sievert, Becky Adamski, Amber Fick, and Danika Stegeman, is the recipient of the 2016 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.

The “From Our Collections Group” encourages leisure reading for students, faculty and staff at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. They have created book displays highlighting popular fiction available, organized a summer reading program, and designed a book matchmaking service to correspond with their “Blind Date with a Book” display. The group has also organized a number of “pop-up libraries” at various campus locations including the Recreation Center and the campus farmers market.

Phil Dudas, UMTC Information Services Manager, wrote in his nomination that the group members “come to work each day with an eager passion to learn” and that their work “has energized many staff and reminded them of the value of continuing to explore and push the boundaries of our role in our community.”

The “From Our Collections Group” was recognized and presented with the award at ARLD Day 2016.

The award is sponsored by the Academic & Research Libraries Division (ARLD) of the Minnesota Library Association. ARLD is a division of the Minnesota Library Association, and is also the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) chapter in Minnesota. ARLD’s purpose is to identify and seek solutions to mutual problems on the academic and research library level of librarianship, to improve services to encourage development of librarians, and to stimulate cooperation among libraries.

Upcoming Events

The Academic & Research Libraries Division (ARLD) of the Minnesota Library Association is seeking session proposals for ARLD Day 2017 which will be held April 28, 2017 at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

We are excited to have Lee Van Orsdel presenting this year’s keynote: Escaping Gravity: the Academic Library Reimagined. Van Orsdel has forty-six years of leadership experience in academic libraries in Alabama, Kentucky and Michigan, including reorganization, staff development, leadership, program innovation and library design. Recently retired, Van Orsdel was dean of university libraries at Grand Valley State University from 2005 to 2016. Under her leadership GVSU Libraries won the 2012 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award for universities and the 2014 State Librarian’s Excellence Award. Van Orsdel supplied the vision for Grand Valley’s new main library. The $60 million, LEED Platinum project opened in June 2013 and has since welcomed over four million visitors and hundreds of libraries in the US and around the world. In September 2016 the library was named a New Landmark Library by Library Journal. In addition to her keynote address, Ms. Van Orsdel will lead a breakout session.

We encourage you to submit a session proposal for ARLD Day 2017. Please complete the session proposal form by February 13, 2017. Anyone, including current MLIS students, can submit a presentation. Our planning committee will select presentations and notify presenters in early March. Conference session types will include:

  • Breakout sessions - Breakout sessions are 50 minutes long and may include presentations, panel sessions, workshops, etc.
  • Lightning round sessions - Lightning round sessions maximize the amount of information shared about innovative and exciting projects, services, or ideas. Each presenter (or small group) will be given five minutes to present on a topic, followed by three minutes of audience Q&A.

Possible presentation topics might include but are not limited to:

  • Teaching and learning
  • Reference and outreach
  • Assessment and impact
  • Collaborative partnerships
  • Space planning and renovation projects
  • Library ethics
  • Institutional repositories and other digital archives
  • RDA, BibFrame or LinkedData
  • Project Management
  • Collection Management
  • Maker spaces or creation spaces
  • Open access publishing and scholarly communication
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Diversity

The deadline for proposals is February 13, 2017. Questions? Contact Amanda Mills at

Submit a proposal


  • ARLD Day 2017
  • April 28, 2017
  • 8:30am–4:00pm
  • Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
    3675 Arboretum Dr
    Chaska, MN 55318

Disclaimer: The University of Minnesota is not endorsing or sponsoring the activities conducted by Minnesota Library Association on the University of Minnesota campus. The relationship between the University of Minnesota and Minnesota Library Association is solely that of licensor and licensee.

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.

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