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75th Anniversary Scholarship Donor: Michael LaCroix

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.

MichaelLaCroix0003Michael LaCroix is the interim dean at the University of Nebraska Omaha. He served on the ACRL Board of Directors from 2007 to 2011, and has been a Friend of ACRL since 2002.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Inquisitive, enthusiastic, persistent.

2. Why do you support the 75th ACRL Anniversary scholarship campaign?  Because, I know from my own experience, that others would benefit from the networking and programs that occur during the ACRL Conferences. I want to give back to this great organization which has had such a tremendous impact on my professional career.

3. What might someone be surprised to know about you? I petted gray whales in the San Ignacio Lagoon in Baja California. I also bake all my own whole wheat bread.

4. Since you’ve become a member of ACRL, tell us about someone who influenced you in some way. It is impossible to pick just one person, since I have been fortunate to work and serve with so many outstanding academic librarians. They have included colleagues in the College Library Section (CLS), the ACRL Budget and Finance Committee, and most recently, the ACRL Board of Directors.

5. What do you hope ACRL will achieve in the next 75 years? I want ACRL to continue to thrive and advocate for the profession, to fund leading edge research into how academic librarians impact the quality of the educational enterprise, and to provide opportunities to network with colleagues virtually and face-to-face.

6. In your opinion, what is the most important work that ACRL does? ACRL, as a professional association, provides quality research and documentation to assist and advocate for academic librarians.