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75th Anniversary Scholarship Donor: Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe

As part of the celebration of ACRL’s 75th Anniversary, we’ve launched a fundraising campaign to fund 75 scholarships for ACRL 2015. Over the course of the campaign, we’ll profile the ACRL 75th Anniversary scholarship donors and learn why they chose to support to the campaign.

Lisa Janicke HinchliffeLisa Janicke Hinchliffe is the coordinator for information literacy services and instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She served as ACRL President (2010-2011) and has been a Friend of ACRL since 2000.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Passionate, driven, engaged.

2. Why do you support the 75th ACRL Anniversary scholarship campaign? I know from personal experience how being engaged with ACRL can catalyze one’s thinking, energize one’s career, and expand one’s professional network. I want others to have the same opportunity for professional growth and enhancement.

3. What might someone be surprised to know about you? I was also admitted into a PhD in Philosophy program when I applied to library school. There was no funding to support enrolling in the PhD and I had a great assistantship offer for library school – so, yes, I chose librarianship (in part) for the money!

4. Since you’ve become a member of ACRL, tell us about someone who influenced you in some way. There are so many people I could chose to mention but I’ll go with Mary Ellen Davis, ACRL’s Executive Director. I don’t think most members realize just how much she does for the Association and how effective she is. During my term as President, I learned from her masterful leadership and benefited greatly from her generous mentoring. I admire her immensely and am grateful for all I learned about building community and consensus by working with her.

5. What do you hope ACRL will achieve in the next 75 years? My hope is that ACRL continues to define and re-define academic librarianship through outstanding leadership, member engagement, and a continued outward focus on higher education and research.

6. In your opinion, what is the most important work that ACRL does? To me, the most important work ACRL does is what it enables us to do together that we cannot do as individuals or institutions. That is the ultimate value of ACRL as a professional association – creating capacity to achieve as a community.