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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

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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, Public Services & Engagement Librarian
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Legislative Liaison

Ginny Moran, Instruction & Research Librarian  Macalester

Christina Buckles, Project Manager & Librarian



Bekky Vrabel, Electronic Resources Librarian
Winona State University

Agendas and Minutes

2020 Minutes

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2019 Minutes 

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2018 Minutes

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2017 Minutes

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September 2017 
October 2017 (Annual Division Meeting)
November 2017
December 2017

2016 Minutes

December 2016
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October 2016
September 2016 (Annual Business Meeting)
August 2016
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April 2016
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2015 Minutes

December 2015
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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 2020



                                             Adam Konczewski                                                           Kelly Kraemer
                               Instructional Technology Specialist                                        Business Librarian




                                           Ethan Wittrock                                                                      Sarah Gewirtz
                           Instructional Technology Specialist                                           Social Sciences Librarian


Adam Konczewski, Kelly Kraemer, Ethan Wittrock and Sarah Gewirtz are the 2020 Minnesota Academic Innovators Awardees.


The Minnesota Academic Innovator’s Award is an annual award that recognizes academic librarians or academic project teams who have made an outstanding recent contribution to advance the mission of an academic library in Minnesota through an innovative project, program or service.

This year, ARLD is recognizing the outstanding work by Kelly Kraemer, Adam Konczewski, Ethan Wittrock, and Sarah Gewirtz, the four-person Learning Sequences team at College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University Libraries and their Instructional Technology unit. These four developed a series of “Learning Sequences” documents that help guide collaborations between the two units and classroom instructors. When we were reading their nomination letter, we were excited to learn about how they are integrating information literacy into different courses with these documents, and we believe these are a valuable contribution to the academic library community in Minnesota and provide a model for other librarians to engage students with information literacy through technology.  The Learning Sequences documents for the various technology classes are publically available on their Instructional Design website.

Kelly Kraemer, Business Librarian and Adam Konczewski, Instructional Technology Specialist; both at the College of Saint Benedict & Saint John’s University, accepted the 2020 Minnesota Academic Innovators Award at the ARLD Day Virtual Keynote on May 1, 2020 on behalf of the Learning Sequences 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.

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Upcoming Events


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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