Always at the Front of the Pack: Illinois Library Faculty Service Keeps Going

The elected positions, appointed task forces, and appointed advisory work covered in recent posts are only the tip of the iceberg when looking at the ways Illinois Library Faculty are shaping the profession. Contributing to the preservation planning for the Federal Depository Library Program, creating new models for shared collections across HathiTrust partners, developing the professional program for librarians worldwide, doing the everyday work to ensure national library organizations foster their members’ well-being: Illinois librarians are doing it all, and more.

Librarian: Merinda Hensley, Assistant Professor and Instructional Services Librarian, Scholarly Commons Co-Coordinator
Appointment: Vice-chair, ACRL Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee, 2014-2015
Mission: The ACRL Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee oversees and implements ACRL’s Student Learning Initiative as described in the strategic plan. Its activities include: a) promoting and facilitating professional development, publications, research, and advocacy related to information literacy and student learning; b) supporting the development of the ACRL student learning/information literacy website; and c) monitoring and assessing the effectiveness of the ACRL Student Learning Initiative.


Librarian: Mary Mallory, Associate Professor and Coordinator, Government Information Services, Access, and Collections
Appointment: Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) Task Force of The ALA Committee on Legislation (COL)
Mission: The ALA Committee on Legislation (COL) appointed the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) Task Force in June 2012 to examine a set of questions and issues to guide COL on current aspects of the FDLP and options for the future of the program. The Task Force examined six issues as identified by COL and released its report in June 2013 ( The Task Force was asked to continue for a year to examine in more detail some of the recommendations in order to provide more insights into implementation of ideas. The Task Force selected a national preservation plan as a model to further investigate as such a plan encompasses a variety of issues including metadata, discovery, authentication, partnerships, and the role of ALA. The goal of the Task Force is not to develop a national preservation plan but to understand how such a plan might be implemented and coordinated within ALA and most importantly, the role of ALA in supporting, developing, and/or managing a national plan.


Librarian: Kelly A. McCusker, Assistant Professor and Behavioral Sciences Librarian
Appointment: ACRL Instruction Section (IS) Mentoring Committee Chair
Mission: The IS Mentoring Program pairs librarians experienced in teaching with librarians new to instruction or to the Instruction Section. The program creates a forum for learning opportunities, networking, and the exchange of ideas between paired mentors and mentees. Mentors should have a passion for instruction and experience in this field. Mentees should be librarians who are new to instruction and are seeking to improve their instruction skills and knowledge.


Librarian: Lori S. Mestre, Professor and Head, Undergraduate Library
Appointments: Member of the American Library Association’s Committee on Diversity
Mission: As a member of the Committee on Diversity, Lori Mestre contributes to the fulfillment of its charge to “provide a forum to research, monitor, discuss, and address national diversity issues and trends,” especially as they impact the library profession. The committee works to show how diversity is “linked to all ALA areas of concern.”


Librarian: Lynne Rudasill, Associate Professor and Global Studies Librarian
Appointment: Governing Board of the International Federation of Library Associates and Institutions (IFLA), Chair, Professional Committee
Mission: IFLA is the preeminent international organization for library professionals and exists to provide a global voice for the field. The Professional Committee of the Governing Board oversees the professional program of IFLA and may recommend to the Governing Board the creation, name, and terms of reference, or abolition, of organizational units to carry out the professional program; establishes procedures for organizing the professional content of the IFLA World Library and Information Congress program, including all of its satellite conferences; oversees the publications program of IFLA; and reviews the status and programs of organizational units, to ensure they continue to support the mission and goals of IFLA.


Librarian: Beth Sheehan, Assistant Professor and Social Sciences Research Services Librarian
Appointments: Publications Committee Co-Chair and Web Editor of the ACRL Anthropology and Sociology Section (ANSS), 2015 Nominating Committee of ANSS
Mission: The ANSS Publications Committee publishes the newsletter for the section, ANSS Currents, and produces the ANSS Website. As Co-Chair and Web Editor, Beth Sheehan manages the ANSS virtual presence and update our section webpage, shape the annual goals and agenda for the committee, and participate as a voting member of the ANSS Executive Committee.

The ANSS Nominating Committee is appointed by the ANSS Chair-elect, to prepare a slate of nominees for elected section offices. Beth Sheehan will be contributing to the slate for the upcoming 2015 election.


Librarian: Thomas H. Teper, Associate Professor, Associate Dean of Libraries & Associate University Librarian for Collections and Technical Services
Appointments: ACRL 2015 Panels Committee, HathiTrust Monographs Archive Task Force, HathiTrust Collections Working Group
Mission: The ACRL 2015 Panels Committee reviews the panels submitted for the 2015 ACRL Conference in Portland, Oregon. Members of the Panels Committee review proposals, rank them, and recommend their eventual inclusion in the program for the 2015 conference.

Reporting to the HathiTrust Program Steering Committee, the Print Monographs Archive Planning Task Force is charged to develop plans for a Distributed Print Monographs Archive on behalf of HathiTrust, including the requisite policies, operational plans, and business model.

The HathiTrust Collections Committee is a standing committee of the HathiTrust partnership, reporting to the HathiTrust Program Steering Committee. The committee is responsible for collection development activities and policies and charged with making key recommendations about the content included in HathiTrust.

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