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Erin Ellis
ACRL Past-President

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Erin L. Ellis is the Associate Dean for Research and Learning Services at Indiana University in Bloomington. Previously, Erin served as the Associate Dean, Research and Learning Division (2013-2018) at the University of Kansas Libraries, in addition to the Head of Libraries Instructional Services and Liaison to Applied Behavioral Sciences, Psychology and Sociology (2009-2013); and Social Sciences Librarian (2005-2009).  Preceding her work at the University of Kansas, Erin served as an Information Services Librarian (2003-2005) at Texas Tech University Libraries.

She has an MLS degree from Emporia State University and a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas. She was a participant in the 2016-2017 cohort of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Leadership Fellows Program, has participated in the Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians (2014), and the assessment (2011) and teacher (2006) tracks of the Association of College and Research Libraries Information Literacy Immersion Program.

Over the course of her 16 years in ACRL, Erin has served as chair of the ACRL Appointments Committee (2015-2017, 2018-2019), as a member of the ACRL Conference Invited Presentations Committee (2017-19), and as cochair of the President’s Program Planning Committee (2014-16, 2017-19). She was chair of the Publications Coordinating Committee (2017-18; vice chair, 2016-17), and served as ex-officio on the New Publications Advisory Board along with the C&RL, C&RL News, Academic Library Trends and Statistics Survey, CHOICE, Publications in Librarianship, RBM, and Resources for College Libraries editorial boards. Erin also served as chair of the ACRL Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee (2012-13) and facilitated the committee’s transition from the Information Literacy Coordinating Committee to a committee representing one of ACRL’s four goal areas within the Plan for Excellence.

Erin’s publications include: Coaching Copyright: Best Practices for Teaching a Difficult Subject, co-edited by K.L. Smith and E.L. Ellis, (2019); book chapter, “Integrating Coaching into Your Instruction Program,” by J. Becker and E.L. Ellis in Coaching Copyright: Best Practices for Teaching a Difficult Subject (2019); “Positioning Academic Libraries for the Future: A Process and Strategy for Organizational Transformation” by E.L. Ellis, B. Rosenblum, and J. Stratton in the International Association of University Libraries Conference Proceedings (2014); and book chapter, “Comparing Approval and Librarian-Selected Monographs: An Analysis of Use,” by E.L. Ellis, N. Ghouse, M. Claassen-Wilson, J. Stratton, and S. Clement in Library Data: Empowering Practice and Persuasion (2010).

Her research and professional interests include organizational transformation, librarian leadership development, scholarly communication, and information literacy. Additionally, Erin is a consultant for organizational review and design. She is active in the Big Ten Academic Alliance’s Libraries Public Services Directors team and is also currently a member of the ARL Leadership Fellows Task Force.