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IACRL at the 2020 ILA Virtual Conference

(via the Illinois Library Association)

IACRL is sponsoring IACRL @ ILA–a track of programming for academic librarians at the 2020 ILA Virtual Conference. IACRL @ ILA programming is open to all conference attendees and academic librarians are free to attend programs outside the IACRL @ ILA track.

In lieu of its traditional luncheon and membership meeting, IACRL is holding its membership meeting on Wednesday, October 21, 11:00 – 11:45 a.m. All IACRL members (and potential members) are invited to attend our virtual annual meeting. At the meeting, the IACRL president and committee chairs will give the annual report and our new officers will be installed. If time allows, we will also discuss ideas for the upcoming year for IACRL. This is a great opportunity to learn more about IACRL and get involved. Pre-registration is required to attend the meeting.

The IACRL President’s Program will feature Jon E. Cawthorne, Ph.D., President of ACRL and the dean of the Wayne State University Library System and the University’s School of Information Sciences. Before joining Wayne State University, Cawthorne was privileged to lead West Virginia University Libraries as dean. While at WVU, Cawthorne’s commitment to diversity among academic librarians led to founding in 2015 of the Library Diversity Alliance, a four-institution residency program comprising WVU, American University, the University of Iowa, and Virginia Tech. In 2016, an inspired Association of College & Research Libraries Board voted to sponsor and support the Alliance under the ACRL aegis; today, Cawthorne chairs the ACRL Diversity Alliance program, which unites over 50 academic libraries that share a commitment to growing the hiring pipeline of qualified, talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.

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