Meet the ACRL Presidents: Trevor A. Dawes
1. Three words to describe your ACRL presidency: Humbling, exciting, educational.
2. What is your most enduring memory of your presidential year? I had such a great presidential year and there isn’t just a single memory that will stay with me. The fairly routine matters of working with the board, the staff, and engaging with members will stay with me for a long time. However, I will also always remember calling the recipients of the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award to inform them that they’d won. I could almost see the excitement on their faces over the telephone. Seeing the excitement in person when I got to present the award is a memory that will stay with me forever.
3. What are you most proud of accomplishing during your presidential year and why? I am delighted that there was—and remains—as much interest in financial literacy education (FLE) as there is. There was a substantial increase in the number of academic libraries participating in FLE programs this past year and the interest in helping our communities be better stewards of their finances continues to grow. Libraries have the resources and librarians can bring people together to develop the programs and educational opportunities for our communities. I look forward to continuing to work with colleagues in ALA and in libraries on such initiatives.
4. Any advice for future ACRL presidents? I suspect that those who step forward to stand for election to this office will not need a lot of advice. They will already have the leadership skills necessary to assume the role of ACRL president. But if I had to give advice, I’d say listen to the members. ACRL already demonstrates its value in many ways, but it’s important to continue listening to the members to learn about what’s important to libraries and librarians so that the association can evolve and respond appropriately.