75th Anniversary Scholarship Donor: Mark Emmons

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.

Emmons - headshot 1 - 2015Mark Emmons is the associate dean of public services at the University of New Mexico. He served on the ACRL Board of Directors from 2010 to 2014, and chairs the ACRL Task Force on Standards for Proficiencies for Assessment. He has been a Friend of ACRL since 2012.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Student. Teacher. Collaborator.

2. Why do you support the 75th ACRL Anniversary scholarship campaign? ACRL is my professional home. Through ACRL, I have met many wonderful colleagues and taken many valuable ideas back to my workplace. Early in my career, however, I could not afford to attend both the ALA Annual Conference and Midwinter Meetings and still make it to the ACRL Conference. I saw the 75th ACRL Anniversary scholarship campaign as a chance to help a library school student or new librarian experience ACRL.

3. What might someone be surprised to know about you? I am now so enamored of academic librarianship, that it might surprise some that my goal entering UCLA’s Graduate School of Library & Information Science was to become a school librarian.

4. Since you’ve become a member of ACRL, tell us about someone who influenced you in some way. I have been fortunate that two of my bosses, Jackie McCoy at Occidental College and Dr. Camila Alire at the University of New Mexico, have each served as ACRL President. They both encouraged me in my career and pushed me to become even more active in ACRL.

5. What do you hope ACRL will achieve in the next 75 years? I hope that ACRL will remain the higher education association for academic librarians and that we achieve our big audacious goal of transforming higher education and scholarship.

6. In your opinion, what is the most important work that ACRL does? Making connections. ACRL connects librarians in order to advance ourselves, our institutions, and our profession.