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2020 Library Legislative Day & Virtual Legislative Week

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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

Contact a Member of the ARLD Leadership

Chair     Amy Mars, Research, Instruction & Outreach Librarian
St. Catherine University
Past Chair

Megan Kocher, Science Librarian
University of Minnesota

Chair Elect Jenny McBurney, Social Sciences Librarian
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Secretary Kristen Cooper, Plant Sciences Librarian
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
 Communications Officer Janis Shearer, Office Manager
St. Catherine University
Legislative Liaison

Ginny Moran, Instruction & Research Librarian  Macalester

Christina Buckles, Research & Instruction Librarian
Macalaster College


Bekky Vrabel, Electronic Resources Librarian
Winona State University

Agendas and Minutes

2019 Minutes

January 2019
February 2019
March 2019
April 2019
May 2019
June 2019
July 2019
August 2019
September 2019
October 2019

2018 Minutes

January 2018
February 2018
March 2018
April 2018
May 2018
June 2018
July 2018
August 2018
September 2018
October 2018
November 2018
December 2018

2017 Minutes

January 2017
February 2017
March 2017
April 2017
May 2017
June 2017
July 2017
August 2017
September 2017 
October 2017 (Annual Division Meeting)
November 2017
December 2017

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

Annual Reports

2015 Annual Report
2017 Annual Report
2018 Annual Report
2019 Annual Report


In response to the announcement that St. Cloud State University intends to retrench 4 of their 12 faculty librarians, the ARLD board issued the following statement on September 10, 2019, urging University administration to reconsider this action. 


Minnesota Academic Innovators Award 2019


Kirsten Delegard, Ryan Mattke, Kevin Ehrman-Solberg and Penny Peterson from the University of Minnesota are the recipients of the 2019 Minnesota Academic Innovators Award. This award recognizes academic librarians or academic project teams who have made outstanding contributions to advance the mission of an academic library in Minnesota through innovative projects, programs, or services.


Since 2016 the Mapping Prejudice project, based in the Borchert Map Library at the University of Minnesota, has worked to create the first-ever comprehensive visualization of racial covenants for an American city. That city, Minneapolis, is acknowledged as having some of the largest racial disparities in the nation, a fact reinforced by residential segregation and racial gaps in home ownership. Starting with digitized Hennepin County property deeds, the project employs optical character recognition to identify specific phrases and terms used to racially restrict specific groups from owning, leasing, or renting the referenced property. The project then turns to humans to examine the tagged documents and answer a series of questions aimed at identifying the geographic location and specific language use in the covenant.


The Mapping Prejudice founding team of Kirsten Delegard, Ryan Mattke, Kevin Ehrman-Solberg, and Penny Petersen, along with University of Minnesota undergraduate and graduate students, have produced a creative, although sobering, example of an innovative program that sheds new light on the history of a city believing itself to be outside historical contexts of segregation. They are providing the data objectively, letting it speak through the lens of an interactive map where the information tagged in the process described above shows the spread of covenants throughout the most affluent Minneapolis neighborhoods. They are also providing knowledge to government agencies and lawmakers to support acknowledgement of past discrimination and implement change to help reverse the racial disparities still seen every day in Minneapolis.


This unique project embraces the words outlined in the award nomination form:  innovation, change, transformation, and breakthrough. By doing so it is influencing social change, not just in Minnesota but across the country as other cities look to Mapping Prejudice as a way to contextualize their own racial disparities.


Kirsten Clark, Director for Access & Information Services at the University of Minnesota, accepted the 2019 Minnesota Academic Innovators Award at ARLD Day on April 26, 2019 on behalf of the Mapping Prejudice Project Team.


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


ACRL Free Webinar: Impostor Syndrome in Instruction Librarians-Impact and Solutions

8/14/19 1:00-2:30 pm

Where: St. Thomas University, St. Paul & University of Minnesota, Duluth

ARLD is hosting the ACRL Webcast, “Impostor Syndrome in Instruction Librarians : Impact and Solutions” on Wed, August 14 from 1-2:30. This free, live webcast will be hosted in two locations (St. Thomas University, St. Paul and University of MN, Duluth) and will be followed by a short discussion. Light snacks provided. If you are interested, please register here.  Open to all, we hope you can join us!

Contact: Amy Mars,

ARLD Division Meeting and Poster Session

9/20/19 1:00pm-1:50pm

Where: 2019 MLA Annual Conference in Prior Lake, MN


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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