75th Anniversary Scholarship Donor: Susan Barnes Whyte

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.8567897765_d186e9650c_k

Susan Barnes Whyte is the library director at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. She is a Director-at-Large on the ACRL Board of Directors (2013-2017) and a member of the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Program faculty.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Passionate, Empathetic, Idea-driven.

2. Why do you support the 75th ACRL Anniversary scholarship campaign? I support the 75th ACRL Anniversary scholarship campaign because ACRL is a such a valuable resource for all academic librarians. I want academic librarians and ACRL to continue to support and renew our profession in this technologically-intense age.

3. What might someone be surprised to know about you? I rafted the Grand Canyon along with seven others three years ago. We flipped at Lava. Google “Lava.” Fairly impressive white water.

4. Since you’ve become a member of ACRL, tell us about someone who influenced you in some way. Evan Farber, my beloved mentor, is still part of my approach to librarianship. His gentle and wry vision and practice continue to influence my approach to teaching, learning, and librarianship.

5. What do you hope ACRL will achieve in the next 75 years? I hope that ACRL will continue to support and serve all librarians in higher education. This means that not only will ACRL provide resources, knowledge, and leadership in higher education but that also we will grapple with the hard questions about who we are, what we do and why it continues to matter.

6. In your opinion, what is the most important work that ACRL does? ACRL provides invaluable networking, leadership, and vision for all of us in academic librarianship. Participating in ACRL for the past 30 years has transformed my practice as a librarian.