2021 ACRL New England Chapter Board Candidates

ACRL New England is an all-volunteer organization that provides professional growth opportunities for academic research librarians and library staff. Now more than ever, the Chapter is appreciative of those stepping up and stepping in to support our profession during times of great change and tumult, helping to shape the landscape of academic librarianship in New England. Candidate information for the 2021 election period is included on this page for your review during the voting process. 

Open Positions on the ACRL/NEC Board

Vice President/President-Elect

State Rep for Connecticut

State Rep for Massachusetts

State Rep for New Hampshire

Vice President/President-Elect

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Jamie Corris Hammond


Naugatuck Valley Community College

Candidate's Statement

I have wanted to run for ACRL-NEC VP/President-Elect for a long time! After serving as a member and then chair of ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries Committee, and co-convener of the ACRL Student Retention Discussion Group, I found myself wanting to become more involved with ACRL on the local level. I have been a library director at NVCC for nearly 10 years, during which time my library was chosen for the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries award. Prior to being director, I was a reference and instruction librarian. I have served in many leadership roles in the Connecticut Library Association and in our local consortium. I think that the pandemic has caused many people to think more locally about their impact and for that reason, among others, I believe that this is going to be a particularly exciting time for ACRL-NEC. I think that my experiences in leadership roles at differing levels combined with working directly with students give me a uniquely broad perspective on the role of academic libraries and the chapter’s impact on the profession. I look forward to engaging meaningfully with the membership and helping continue all the good work that ACRL New England has done.

Connecticut State Representative

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Elizabaeth Dill


University of Hartford

Candidate's Statement

I am running for State Rep for Connecticut because great library workers made a difference in my life — and I want to help lead an organization that helps develop great library workers. As a library director I have helped many library workers succeed. On the ACRL NEC Board I will bring this passion and experience to help many, many more.

 

 

 

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Pamela Dolin


 

US Coast Guard Academy

 

Candidate's Statement

I am the Head of Reference and Instruction at the United States Coast Guard Academy. I am passionate about Academic Libraries and the work of ACRL NEC. I have always been involved as a member and am looking forward to the opportunity to serve as the Ct State Rep. I have served as Chair of the Connecticut Information Literacy Conference three times. I have served on the Connecticut Digital Library Advisory Board for two terms, serving the second term as Chair. While I was at Becker College, I participated in ACRL's Assessment in Action. These positions allowed me to engage with other Librarians in the state and all over New England. My diverse experience in all areas of Librarianship as well as my enthusiasm for collaboration would be a good fit for ACRL NEC. Being part of a diverse Community of Practice enables us to grow professionally. I look forward to continuing this growth and working with colleagues all over New England to support the Strategic Plan; improving communication and transparency and exploring ways to support our members. I am honored to be considered as Connecticut State Rep

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Susan Slaga-Metivier


Central Connecticut State University

 

 

Candidate's Statement

I would like the opportunity to get to know more librarians, library students, and staff across the State of Connecticut as well as throughout New England, and further open the channels of communication on important initiatives. In the beginning of my career I lived in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and then settled back in Connecticut where I have lived for most of my life. In past years, I was involved with ACRL NELIG and really enjoyed it. Each year I attend the annual conference and learn new things I can share with my colleagues and students. Locally I was the chair of the Connecticut Librarian Association College and University Libraries Section and I co-chaired the Connecticut Information Literacy conference as well as being part of its speakers subcommittee. At Central Connecticut State University (where I am Head of the Reference and Instruction Department), I oversaw the Human Library event for two years as well as several smaller events. I look forward to being more involved as Covid restrictions get lifted.

Massachusetts State Representative

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Theresa Dooley


University of Massachusetts-Amherst

 

Candidate's Statement

I’m excited for the opportunity to join the ACRL/NEC board as the MA State Representative. In the three years that I’ve been working in the UMass Amherst Libraries I’ve witnessed the impact and growth that results from radical change. ACRL/NEC is an organization that not only helps institutions navigate these changes, but influences the direction of our profession. I’ve attended and presented at ACRL/NEC conferences and workshops, and am eager to learn more about other institutions while working with colleagues from around New England. I’m a continuous learner who is eager to explore the evolving landscape of academic librarianship. I’ve gained valuable leadership experience on my own campus as the Chair of Staff Council and as a member of a campus wide HR advisory board, and have seven years of experience as a team leader and project manager in scholarly publishing. My strengths lie in my ability to build relationships, learn from my mistakes, and resolve complex issues creatively. Thank you so much for your consideration!

New Hampshire State Representative

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Shana Elburn

New England College

 

 

 

 

 

 

Candidate's Statement

I am interested in working with ACRL/NEC as the representative for New Hampshire because I’d love to bring a new perspective to the organization. As both an online MLS student at the University of North Texas and a paraprofessional librarian at New England College in Henniker, NH, I think it would be beneficial to ACRL to have more perspectives from the non-MLS holding members of staff in academic libraries. We are often on the frontlines of patron services and tuned in to the conversations on campus and our students’ needs, and I think it is important that we go for leadership opportunities when they’re presented. I am also interested in this position as a way to become more involved in ACRL/NEC and learn more about academic librarianship as a whole, as well as meet librarians in similar roles to mine. We are about to enter into a new post-Covid reality in our libraries, and I’m very interested to see where that road leads us. Thank you for considering me!

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Alice Pearman

Plymouth State University

 

Candidate's Statement

Early in my professional career, I was involved with other ALA-affiliated associations, particularly ALCTS, where I was awarded a Presidential Citation for my service in 2014. As much as I enjoyed my work there, I didn't realize there was an association that might be a better fit until I attended the ACRL-NE conference in Plymouth, MA in 2018. I was astounded to discover an organization where I had so much in common with my colleagues. Eureka! I thought. ACRL-NE should be my professional home.

During the past academic year, I worked with the New Hampshire College & University Council (NHCUC) Libraries Committee: EBSCO Negotiations Subcommittee. Attending both the committee and subcommittee meetings helped me gain an understanding of the priorities and challenges for academic libraries in New Hampshire. I hope to bring that knowledge to the ACRL-NE Chapter Board. Thank you for your consideration.