History and Accomplishments of the Liaison Coordinating Committee

 

An except from the 2011 ACRL Plan for Excellence states: "Librarians drive and enable transformation of libraries, student learning, and scholarly research by building powerful coalitions and collaborations, setting standards, exploring innovative methods and approaches, modeling behavior, and embedding their results in dynamic user environments."
 
Following the formal establishment of the Liaison Coordinating Committee and the earlier Council of Liaisons, the concept of the group was part of each succeeding ACRL strategic plan.  A brief chronology of the Liaison Coordinating Committee includes:
June 2011
Bruce Henson is appointed Vice Chair of the Coordinating Committee, Susan Barnes Whyte is welcomed as the Chair of the Training and Development Committee, and Marilyn Ochoa is named as the Chair of the Grants Committee. A new liaison position to the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) is approved, and Danuta Nitecki is appointed liaison.  Marilyn Ochoa is appointed as the new liaison to the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE), Glenda Alvin becomes the new liaison to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Heather Jeffcoat is appointed the Committee's first Web Editor.

June 2010 
ACRL Board of Directors appoints a Board task force to consider a reorganization plan for the Council of Liaisons. At the fall Executive Committee meeting, the Board of Directors approved the creation of the Liaison Coordinating Committee. Bede Mitchel was appointed Chair, and Debbie Malone was appointed Vice Chair. Two subcommittees were created, with Debbie Malone serving as Chair of the Grants Committee and Kate Corby as the Chair of the Training and Development Committee. A Liaison Assembly was also established which consists of all currently serving liaisons. The Coordinating Committee and its subcommittees worked to establish procedures for initiating new liaison relationship, handling of grant requests, and providing continuing education opportunities for all liaisons.

July 2009 
Bede Mitchell is appointed Vice-chair of the Council of Liaisons, and Anne Paprocki is appointed as the new ACRL liaison to the American Anthropological Association.

June 2008 
Council of Liaisons welcomes Susan Kroll as its new chair, and a number of new liaisons including  Kathleen Bethel, ACRL Liaison to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH); Sally Wilson Weimer, to American Sociological Association (ASA); Vanessa J. Earp, to Society for Information Technology in Teacher Education (SITE). 

January 2008
Council of Liaisons begins the process of selecting individuals to be liaisons to the newly approved organizations.

June 2007
ACRL Board of Directors, at its June 23, 2007, meeting in Washington, DC, approved the establishment of liaison relationships with the following organizations:

American Anthropological Association (AAA)

American Association of University Professors (AAUP)

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)

American Sociological Association (ASA)

Association for Educational Communications and Technology  (AECT)

Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE)

October 2006
ACRL Executive Committee, at its October 28, 2006, meeting in Chicago, approved the reappointment of Larry Hardesty as the ACRL liaison to the National Resource Center for the First -Year Experience and Students in Transition (NRC-FYEST), Tom Kirk as the liaison to the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), and Kate Corby as the liaison to the American Educational Research Association (AERA), each for a 3-year term from July 1, 2006 - June 30, 2009, contingent upon the Board approving continued relationships with those associations over that period.

June 2006
Frances Maloy becomes chair of the Council of Liaisons. Council begins the work of canvassing ACRL membership about possible new liaison relationships.

January 2006
Council of Liaisons Chair Julie Todaro works with ACRL staff to launch a Council web page.

June 2005
ACRL Board approves Council of Liaisons charge, liaison job description and  procedures for identifying potential liaison relationships.

January 2005
ACRL Board of Directors, at its January 18, 2005, meeting in Boston, approved one-year appointments for Tom Kirk to the Council of Independent Colleges, for Kate Corby to the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and for Larry Hardesty to the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition (NRC). Additionally, the Board approved these organizations for a one-year liaison relationship.