The ACRL New England Chapter is an all-volunteer organization, powered by passionate librarians and library workers. There are many ways to get involved, and we would be delighted to have you join our team! Nominate yourself or someone else for an available position; see below for current opportunities and shared experiences from previously elected board members.
A new benefit effective this year: the Chapter will fund the Vice President's and President's required ALA and ACRL national memberships each year.
Once elected, Chapter officers will begin service on June 5, 2023 (with the exception of the treasurer-elect, who will assume office on July 1, 2023).
The deadline to submit a nomination is 11:59pm EST on Monday, April 3, 2023.
- Vice President/President-Elect (three-year term)
- State Rep for Connecticut (two-year term)
- State Rep for Massachusetts (two-year term)
- State Rep for New Hampshire (two-year term)
Statements from Board Members
Jaime Hammond, President
I had always wanted to get more involved with regional academic library work, and when I saw the call for nominations for ACRL New England VP/President Elect, I decided to take a leap and self-nominate. I am so grateful that I did! Despite working in the academic library field in Connecticut for over 15 years, I immediately realized that there were so many wonderful colleagues across New England that I had never met or had the chance to work with. The board was very welcoming and really supported me as I progressed through my roles. I can already say that I have made new and lasting friendships, been inspired, and believe even more strongly in the importance of the ACRL chapters. I am also thrilled to represent the many community college librarians across our region. If you have ever wanted to take on a larger leadership role that you can feel good about, this is a fantastic opportunity to do so.
Vice President/President Elect
Mark Shelton, Vice President/President Elect
I have had the opportunity to work with numerous organizations over the years in different leadership roles. Although that work was very important, there was a disconnect from those who I have gotten a chance to work with across New England. So when I saw the opportunity to be nominated to the ACRL NEC Board as the Vice President/President Elect, I didn't hesitate. What I have found is that I am able to apply what I have learned about leadership and about being an academic librarian in support of those librarians who I have worked with since I came to New England. In addition to what I am gaining from serving the Chapter, I see how I can have a positive impact on the work of the Chapter, and academic librarians across the area. Being of service to my colleagues is very important to me, and this allows me to give back to those who have helped me to be a strong academic librarian and a leader. I look forward to the coming years and all that we can accomplish together.
Maine State Representative
Cory Budden, Maine State Representative
Having recently moved to Maine from Pennsylvania, being a state rep for ACRL NEC has not only been a great opportunity to connect with other librarians in New England, it has also given me the opportunity to connect with librarians in my own state. I love being able to share the exciting things the chapter is doing with my state colleagues, and vice versa.
The New England Chapter provides great professional development opportunities, from our annual conference, to coordinating webinars and organizing other learning opportunities. There are so many possibilities to get involved on a more intimate and meaningful chapter level.
I'm very grateful for the opportunity to connect with the librarians of New England through ACRL NEC leadership!
Rhode Island State Representative
Lauren Fletcher, Rhode Island State Representative
As a brand-new New England resident, I was looking for a way to connect with librarians across the region and expand my network. I saw the call for a State Representative for Rhode Island when I decided to join ARCL/NEC and thought it would be a wonderful way to accomplish my goals. So, I decided to put myself out there as a candidate and I'm so glad I did! I've meet so many wonderful librarians across the region, become more connected with the libraries and librarians in Rhode Island, and been able to reach outside my 'medical librarian' bubble to put a finger on the pulse of current trends in the larger academic library world.
ACRL/NEC has been an incredibly accessible and welcoming organization to not only join but to hold a leadership position with!