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2018 ARLD Board Candidates
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Chair Elect (three-year term)

Sara Stambaugh
Rasmussen College

As the Digital Services Librarian at Rasmussen College, I lead the collaborative planning, development, and maintenance of the College library collections, including assisting in procuring, licensing, and supporting access to information resources for student and curricular needs. I received my MLIS at St. Catherine University in 2012 and recently completed my MAEd from Hamline University in December 2016. Having developed a strong base of knowledge, I enjoy pursuing intellectual challenges and opportunities to hone my skills so that I may better serve local, national, and international teaching and research communities. My interests lie in providing access to information and knowledge for those who are pursuing their understanding of the world around them.

I served as the Secretary for the ARLD board for the past two years, and as such, I am familiar with what it takes to be an active member. As chair-elect I would strive to promote and encourage the conversations happening in the academic and research library community. My work as chair-elect would seamlessly align with my professional interests, and I would love an opportunity to continue giving back to the organization that has helped me grow as a librarian and an academic.

Megan Kocher
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Since 2011, I have been a liaison librarian to the Departments of Animal Science; Food Science and Nutrition; and Soil, Water, and Climate at the University of Minnesota. I am running for Chair-Elect of ARLD because over the course of my involvement in the Minnesota Library Association, I have come to see this group as my home within the organization and appreciate the value of having a broad network of fellow academic librarians across the state. For the past two years, I have served as an ARLD Member-At-Large, taking lead on organizing some of the ARLD dialogues and social events. I bring a strong leadership background, having chaired MLA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee and participated the MILE 2013 cohort, as well as leading numerous groups within the University of Minnesota Libraries and the U.S. Agricultural Information Network. As Chair-Elect of ARLD, it would be my honor to continue and drive forward this group’s important work of supporting academic librarians throughout the state through professional development and networking opportunities. 

Legislative Liaison

Ginny Moran

Macalester College

Sharing the importance of work we do and opportunities that library spaces and services provide to our communities has never been more paramount. Issues such as net neutrality, online privacy, access to broadband services, censorship, and intellectual and academic freedom impact all of us working in academic libraries, and we have important messages to share with legislators, neighbors, and our colleagues. The importance of helping people understand the impact of funding and policies on our academic spaces, our services and our people can’t be overstated. I’m running for this position because sharing our stories and raising our voices is critical, and this is one way I can make a difference. 

My early work in adult literacy provided me with experience understanding local, state, and federal funding streams for K-12, community education, and public libraries. As librarian at Minneapolis Community & Technical College, I served as our local faculty union legislative liaison, providing insight into issues facing Minnesota public higher education institutions. As a Research & Instruction Librarian at Macalester College, I see federal policies such as DACA impact our students. Since July 2017 I have had the honor of serving as your interim ARLD Legislative Liaison. I hope I will have your support in this election.


Janis Shearer
St. Catherine University

To me, ARLD means advocacy, education, service and empowering us to do the best for our libraries. My name is Janis Shearer and I am running for Secretary. As an MLIS student as well as Office Manager for the MLIS program at St. Catherine University, I believe I am uniquely qualified to serve in this role. My responsibilities require me to use a high degree of accuracy and organization, as well as making connections across the state of Minnesota and the nation. I embody these qualities and feel they are essential to be a successful secretary for ARLD. I am passionate about Minnesota’s academic and research libraries, and working with ARLD would allow me to support this excellent community. As a continual advocate for information professionals, I embrace the opportunity to serve ARLD in this capacity. Thank you.

Lizzy Tegeler
St. Catherine University

Having recently relocated to Minnesota after receiving my MLIS from the University of Washington iSchool, I have been struck by the welcoming attitudes of academic and research librarians throughout the state; now, I am interested in serving as ARLD Secretary in order to contribute to and further encourage this strong community of sharing and inquiry. After serving as Interim Instruction & Reference Librarian at University of Wisconsin-Stout last year and as a newly-appointed Research & Instruction Librarian at St. Catherine University, I have a skill and passion for guiding students in the development of their research talents within today’s wild world of information, and I love learning alongside them as our information landscape continuously shifts. In my life away from the library, I enjoy biking, cooking, and wishing for more time to weave on my loom. I would be excited to further ground myself in Minnesota’s rich community of academic and research information professionals as ARLD Secretary.

Jenny McBurney
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

My name is Jenny McBurney and I am the Research Services Coordinator for Social Sciences and Professional Programs at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Libraries.  I’m also the liaison librarian for the Institute for Advanced Study and the department of Economics.  Prior to this, I worked at the education library at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  

Since returning to my home state of Minnesota, I have enjoyed attending MLA and ARLD conferences and events, and I am motivated to get more involved in the state librarian community by joining the ARLD board.  In the past, I have served as the Vice President for Membership for the Beta Beta Epsilon Board, which is the Madison chapter of the library honor society Beta Phi Mu, so I have experience working on a library-focused board with a group of people spread out geographically.  

By joining the ARLD Board as Secretary, I hope to apply this past board experience to a new endeavor, learn more about ARLD and MLA, meet and learn from colleagues around the state, and serve the library profession.  I am excited to get involved, and I appreciate your consideration! 

Member-At Large

Mary Beth Sancomb-Moran
University of Minnesota, Rochester

I have been a member of MLA since 2005, when my husband and I moved to Minnesota from Sidney, Nebraska, where I had been the public library director. I joined Selco when we arrived in Rochester, and in 2008 became the librarian for the new UM campus in Rochester. Creating an academic library from the ground up was a fascinating experience! I have a B.A. in History from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, as well as an MS in Organizational Leadership and Quality from Marian College (now University) and an MS in Library Science from Clarion University. 

As the Librarian for UMR, I’m responsible for all library services offered at the campus. I’m very involved in information literacy efforts, and work with the faculty to weave information literacy concepts throughout the curriculum. We’re currently in year two of a research project that assesses the information literacy knowledge of incoming first-year students at the beginning of the year, and assesses them again at the end of the school year to determine whether our instructional methods are successful, and to see where we’re missing the mark. 

I am interested in serving as Member-at-Large because I want to learn more about the various academic libraries in the state and would love to be more involved in ARLD activities. I am a collaborative person by nature, and the idea of helping to foster collaborative relationships between and amongst the Minnesota libraries is exciting. Thank you for your consideration!

Allie Thome
Concordia College, Moorhead

I have been Systems and Web Librarian at Concordia College in Moorhead since 2016 and received my MSLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As Systems and Web Librarian, I am responsible for maintaining our library’s various systems, and making sure they integrate well together and with the library’s website. In addition, I am the liaison to the Art, Theater, and Communication Studies departments, collaborating with faculty to develop and teach library instruction for undergraduate students and maintain our collections in these areas. I am passionate about making students comfortable with the library, the research process, and our systems! 

I was excited to present at ARLD Day last year on Concordia’s assessment plan for the new Framework for Information Literacy and to see presentations of the work being done by other Minnesota libraries. I would be honored to serve as Member-at-Large on the ARLD Board because I love collaborating with others to solve problems, make connections, and plan events, and am excited by the work being done at MLA. I hope this opportunity will enhance my leadership skills and allow me to collaborate further with librarians in our community.

Kelly Kraemer
College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University

As the Business and Outreach Librarian at the College of St. Benedict / St. John’s University, I provide library instruction, collection development, and research help services to business and economics students and faculty. I also chair the Libraries Marketing Committee, where I lead the libraries marketing and promotional communications, coordinate the libraries social media, and develop events and programming for the CSB/SJU campus community. I received my MA LIS from UW-Madison in 2012 and my BA from the University of St. Thomas in 2010. I’ve participated in and presented at past MLA and ARLD Day conferences, and as a member of the MILE 2015 class, I served on the MILE 2017 Budget Committee. With these experiences, I have seen the important role that organizations like ARLD play in both creating opportunities for meaningful professional development and in nurturing personal connections among the academic libraries community in Minnesota. As Member-at-Large on the ARLD board, I hope to continue to build on the excellent work that has been accomplished and to help grow our community even more.



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