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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