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Rodney Birch

Instruction & Research Services Librarian
Northwest Nazarene University

As Treasurer of the Association of Christian Librarians’ Board of Directors, I will serve the membership by working with the Business Manager, Executive Director, Board of Directors, and Team Coordinators to ensure the continued financial strength and viability of the organization. I endeavor to oversee the activities of the Business Manager and the organization’s finances with honesty, humility, and transparency. I will work to provide accurate and thorough reports of ACL’s finances to the Board of Directors and membership on a regular basis.‚Äč 


  • Doctorate of Education, Ethical Leadership, Olivet Nazarene University, IL, 2012
  • Masters of Arts, Information and Learning Technologies, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, 1999
  • Bachelor of Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies/Bible & Theology, Vennard College, IA, 1994

Professional Positions:

  • Instruction & Research Services Librarian, Northwest Nazarene University, ID, 2017Present
  • Reference Librarian, George Fox University, OR, 20112017
  • Library Director, MidAmerica Nazarene University, KS, 20092011
  • Reference Librarian, MidAmerica Nazarene University, KS, 20052009
  • Library Director, Vennard College, IA, 19982004

State, regional and national library and other professional activities:

  • Association of Christian Librarians, 1997Present
  • Orbis Cascade Alliance Electronic Resources Representative, 20112017
  • Olathe Public Library Board, Olathe, KS, 20082011
  • Oskaloosa Public Library Strategic Task Force, Oskaloosa, IA, 20032004

ACL Activities:

  • ACL Board Treasurer, 2019Present
  • Nominations Coordinator, 20182019
  • Conference Poster Presenter, 2021
  • Virtual Workshop Series Presenter, 2020
  • Conference Co-Presenter, 2018-2019
  • Board of Directors: Vice President, 20112017
  • Board of Directors: Director-at-large, 20082011
  • By-Laws Task Force, 20162017
  • Nominations Team, 20162017
  • Parliamentarian, 2015
  • Nominations Team member ex officio, Vice President, 20112015
  • Conference Planning and Host Team, 20082009, 20152016
  • Conference Vendor Coordinator, 20082009
  • Financial Advisory Team, 20032012
  • Liberal Arts Section, Director-at-large, 20062008
  • Indexer for Christian Periodical Index, 20072009; 2012Present


Sheila Carlblom

Dean of Library Services
Indiana Wesleyan University

ACL has a dynamic history and it is so encouraging to watch it grow and mature as it reaches more and more librarians. There are so many opportunities before the Association to enable it to reach even more librarians and libraries during these challenging times. Given the economic situation we are currently in, finances are definitely in need of careful planning and monitoring. I would consider it a privilege to serve the Association in the capacity as Treasurer so as to work with the Board to keep the Association financially healthy and moving forward with fiscal responsibility.


  • Master of Library and Information Science, University of Iowa, IA
  • Master of Arts in Religion, Asbury Theological Seminary, KY
  • Bachelor of Science, Nyack College, NY
  • Certificate in Organizational Management and Leadership, College of St. Catherine, MN

Professional Positions:

  • Dean of Library, Indiana Wesleyan University, IN, 2019present
  • Director of Library, Indiana Wesleyan University, IN, 19982019
  • Director of Library Services, Northwestern College, MN
  • Associate Librarian, Northwestern College, MN
  • Director of Library Services, Vennard College, IA

State, regional, and national professional organizations activities:

  • Academic Libraries of Indiana (ALI), 2001Present
  • American Library Association, 1984Present
  • Association of College and Research Libraries, 1984Present
  • Council of Christian Colleges and Universities Library Directors Group
  • Indiana Cooperative Library Services Authority (INCOLSA), 19982009; Board of Directors, 1998–2008
  • Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS), 2008Present
  • Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI), 19982008: Board of Directors Member, 1998–2008; Executive Committee Secretary, 20012002
  • Metronet (Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN Multitype Library Network), 19851998; Advisory Board, 1990–1992
  • Minnesota Library Association, 19841998
  • MINITEX Regional Library Network, 19821998

ACL Activities

  • Nominations Team Coordinator, 20202022
  • Convener, Tech Service Interest Group, 2014Present
  • Personnel Committee, Treasurer, 2008
  • Strategic Planning Team, 20052007
  • Treasurer, 20022019
  • Financial Advisory Team, 20002011 
  • Past President, 20002002        
  • President, 19962000 
  • Vice–President, 19951996
  • Development Committee, 1995–1996
  • Ad Hoc Organizational Effectiveness Task Force, 1995–1997
  • Ad Hoc Home Page Committee, 1995
  • Director-at-large, 19941995 
  • Nominations Team Chair, 19921994 
  • Indexer for Christian Periodical Index, 1982Present
  • Conference Planning and Host, 1997, 2006, 20182019