75th Anniversary Scholarship Donor: Joyce L. Ogburn

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.Ogburn

Joyce L. Ogburn is dean of libraries at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. She served as ACRL president from 2011-2012 and is currently chairing the ACRL Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy Task Force (2013-2015).

1. Describe yourself in three words: Inquisitive, innovative, committed.

2. Why do you support the 75th ACRL Anniversary scholarship campaign? ACRL has meant so much to my career and I want to give back to the association and grow strong members to lead the profession into the future.

3. What might someone be surprised to know about you? I am shyer than anyone would ever guess but I just kick myself in the butt and make myself do things that might be scary but will achieve something I truly desire or believe in.

4. Since you’ve become a member of ACRL, tell us about someone who influenced you in some way. So many ACRL leaders: Maureen Sullivan and other presidents who were inspiring in their calm and exemplary leadership for the association; Ray English and his devotion to changing scholarly communication; Jim Neal and his grasp of and ability to communicate complex and important issues. The whole ANSS group that “adopted” me as a young professional in the late 1980s and helped me learn, grow, and advance in confidence and competence. I know you don’t want me to name everyone who influenced me but I sure appreciate the opportunities for learning from so many astoundingly talented people due to my involvement in ACRL.

5. What do you hope ACRL will achieve in the next 75 years? I will borrow directly from the vision statement in the Plan for Excellence: “By promulgating a compelling case for their value, ACRL elevates the position, recognition, and impact of all academic and research libraries and librarians as catalysts in exceptional research and learning.” If education, research, and scholarly exchange remain healthy and vital, members of ACRL will be at the forefront of making it so.

6. In your opinion, what is the most important work that ACRL does? Professional development and learning opportunities, and translating our values into actionable advocacy that achieves demonstrable results.