ACL sections provide opportunities for librarians from similar institutions to share ideas, resources, and encouragement, especially when we gather for our annual conference.
Bible Core Section (BCS)
The Bible Core Section (BCS) promotes the interest of libraries in Bible colleges. The section meets at every ACL Annual Conference. The BCS maintains close relations with the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) and the Transnational Association of Christian College and Schools (TRACS) to help members gain, or reaffirm accreditation.
The Library Guidelines for ABHE Colleges and Universities can help an institution’s library produce a library program of good quality and receive institutional or programmatic accreditation with the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). A library can be evaluated based upon the behavior that is described at each performance level of the guidelines. The Guidelines endeavor to present the factors contributing to the sufficiency of a library’s collection, services, information literacy instruction, staff, collaboration, facility, and funding to achieve the library’s mission and goals for the purpose of supporting and enhancing its students’ research and learning.
The Guidelines are copyrighted and intended to be used only as a resource for members of either ACL or ABHE. Members may print a copy at no cost via the associations’ websites.
Jon Jones, Chair
Baptist Bible College & Graduate School
Erinn Huebner, Vice-Chair
Grace Christian University
Grace Andrews, Secretary
Wesley Biblical Seminary
Deborah McConkey, Member-at-Large
EPIC Bible College
David Dunkerton, Member-at-Large
Appalachian Bible College
Karina Dunn, Member-at-Large
Liberal Arts Section (LAS)
The Liberal Arts Section (LAS) exists to enable and encourage librarians as they serve excellently as Christians in liberal arts colleges and universities. This section meets at every ACL Annual Conference and often gives LAS members opportunities to share LASIR talks (brief presentations on hot topics or technology).
Garrett Trott, Chair
David Dunham, Vice-Chair
Amy Rice, Secretary
Northwest Nazarene University
Julie Sweeney, Member-at-Large
Point Loma Nazarene University
Rory Patterson, Member-at-Large
Meredith Ader, Member-at-Large
Jennifer Brady, Member-at-Large
Seminary Section (SS)
The Seminary Section was formed so that seminary librarians could experience greater engagement within ACL. Academic and research librarians in theological libraries are essential to a thriving Christian community of learners and scholars who seek to expand the work of the Church globally. The Seminary Section has affirmed five objectives:
1. Cultivate the value of Christian theological libraries;
2. Promote student learning;
3. Expand research and scholarly environment;
4. Support changing roles and landscape of theological libraries;
5. Enhance responsible stewardship of God’s resources.
Debra Bradshaw, Chair
Nazarene Theological Seminary
Jonathan McCormick, Secretary