Mission Statement

The Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL) is a forum of the Illinois Library Association (ILA) and a chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). Academic libraries in this document are defined as college, community, technical and junior colleges and university libraries as well as research libraries not affiliated with academic institutions.

The mission of the IACRL is to promote the interests of academic libraries and the personnel of those libraries; to enhance the abilities of academic library personnel to identify and meet the information needs of current and potential library users; to develop and promote leadership to the academic library community.

Goals and Objectives

  1. To contribute to the professional and career development of all academic library personnel:
    • To sponsor continuing education opportunities.
    • To provide networking opportunities.
    • To encourage professional library education.
    • To support and participate in recruitment and retention of outstanding individuals to the field of academic librarianship.
  2. To enhance the capabilities of Illinois academic libraries to serve the needs of their users:
    • To encourage innovation in library operations and services.
    • To identify, explore, and address issues facing academic libraries.
    • To strengthen library services for a diverse society.
  3. To promote and speak for the interests of academic libraries:
    • To advise the Illinois Board of Higher Education, Illinois Community College Board and Illinois State Library on issues affecting academic libraries in Illinois.
    • To promote the adoption of compensation plans and personnel policies that enhance development of and work environment for academic library personnel.
    • To provide to state, national, and local legislators timely information related to pending legislative decisions that affect academic libraries.
    • To advocate library education programs that address the needs of the Illinois library community.
  4. To promote study, research and dissemination of information relevant to academic librarianship:
    • To identify research topics and encourage improvement in research skills.
    • To advance the professional knowledge of academic librarians through support of appropriate publishing programs.
    • To provide information about and opportunities for research and publication.
  5. To promote and foster cooperation and communication among the members of IACRL, the academic community, and other organizations with common interests:
    • To promote the exchange of ideas among individuals in all areas of academic libraries.
    • To develop partnerships among academic and other types of libraries.
    • To develop partnerships with other organizations.
  6. To support and protect intellectual freedom in academic libraries:
    • To promote and support the ALA Library Bill of Rights.
    • To promote and support the ALA statement on Intellectual Freedom, "Freedom to Read" and "Freedom to View."
  7. To honor the contribution of individuals who enhance academic libraries in Illinois.
    • To determine and present the Illinois Academic Librarian of the year award.
    • To acknowledge the achievements of academic library personnel.