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Denise Nelson

Director of Ryan Library
Point Loma Nazarene University

The Association of Christian Librarians is an organization of both activity and legacy. My vision for ACL is that we would continue to honor our legacy and those who have invested their lives and work in creating such a vibrant organization. I also envision ACL continuing to build on those efforts and to launch new ones in thoughtful stewardship of the resources with which God has entrusted us. As Secretary, I would hope to document the ongoing activity of the Board in ways that equip its members to work effectively, collaboratively, and faithfully on behalf of the membership.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Azusa Pacific University, CA, 2015
  • Masters of Science in Library & Information, Drexel University, PA, 2004
  • Bachelor of Arts, Point Loma Nazarene University, CA, 2001

Professional Positions:

  • Director of Ryan Library, Point Loma Nazarene University, CA, 2018Present
  • Instructional Services Librarian, Point Loma Nazarene University, CA, 20042018
  • Non-book Cataloging (media and serials), Point Loma Nazarene University, CA, 19992004

State, regional, and national professional organizations activities:

  • Association of Christian Librarians, Member: 2003Present
  • American Library Association (ALA), Member: 2003Present
  • Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Member: 2003Present
  • Library Orientation Exchange (LOEX), Conference attendance, 2013, 2007, 2005

ACL Activities

  • ACL Board President, 20162020
  • ACL Board Secretary, 20142016
  • Guest Editor, The Christian Librarian, Fall 2013
  • Director-at-Large (ACL Board of Directors), 20102013
  • Conference Host Team (San Diego, CA), 2013
  • ACL Conference Presenter, 2019, 2017, 2014, 2012, 2009, 2008