75th Anniversary Scholarship Donor: Marilyn Myers

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.

Marilyn Myers colorMarilyn Myers is Associate Dean for Public Services at the University of Houston Libraries. She served as Chair of the University Libraries Section from 2014 to 2015 and currently serves as Chair of the ACRL Liaisons Coordinating Committee.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Optimist, coach, persevering.

2. Why do you support the 75th ACRL Anniversary scholarship campaign? I supported the campaign to model the importance of investing both time and money in the continued excellence and productivity of ACRL as the organization for advancing academic libraries and supporting librarians. I chose this particular opportunity as a way of saying thank you for the opportunities I’ve had to be a part of the University Libraries Section (ULS) efforts in advancing ACRL initiatives. It was a bonus to hear from a ULS scholarship awardee that ACRL 2015 was her first big conference experience and “it was amazing.”

3. What might someone be surprised to know about you? As an academic librarian I have also served as a senate president in two institutions and as a university ombudsman.

4. Since you’ve become a member of ACRL, tell us about someone who influenced you in some way. I have learned from every library dean to whom I’ve reported (Jasper Schad, Helen Gater, Dana Rooks, and Lisa German) and, hopefully, honed leadership skills in every institutional culture in which I have worked. I’ve watched and learned from a host of university and library administrators about managing crises and conflict, introducing change, gathering support for an idea or project, and building effective teams.

5. What do you hope ACRL will achieve in the next 75 years? It is my hope that in 75 years ACRL will still be a strong supporter of librarians who are wrestling with big issues and driving change. It will require ACRL to have strong, thoughtful and passionate leadership known to be good listeners, making data-informed decisions and willing to take timely action.

6. In your opinion, what is the most important work that ACRL does? ACRL continuously strives to be key to the professional development and accomplishment of librarians from their earliest days in the field to retirement. It provides an array of settings that inspire and nurture leaders in academic libraries from the campus to the national level.