75th Anniversary Scholarship Donor: Maureen Sullivan

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.

2010 Academic/ Research Librarian of the Year: Maureen SullivanMaureen Sullivan served as president of ALA (2012-13), president of ACRL (1998-99), and received the ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award in 2010. She has been a Friend of ACRL since 1999.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Optimistic, engaged and approachable.

2. Why do you support the 75th ACRL Anniversary scholarship campaign? ACRL does so much to support the professional development of its members and the advancement of the profession. I am very proud to be able to contribute to this work.

3. What might someone be surprised to know about you? On two separate occasions, I have spent the night sleeping on the marble floor in the rotunda of the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

4. Since you’ve become a member of ACRL, tell us about someone who influenced you in some way. The first person who comes to mind is Bill Moffit. I came to know him thorugh my involvement in ACRL at an early stage in my career. My focus had been on the large ARL university libraries. Bill prompted me to recognize all of the opportunity and good work being accomplished in the smaller college libraries. He was and early and important influence.

5. What do you hope ACRL will achieve in the next 75 years?  I hope ACRL will be essential to every academic and research librarian’s work and career advancement. Membership and active engagement in ACRL will be an essential part of every professional’s work life.

6. In your opinion, what is the most important work that ACRL does? All of the professional development programs, especially those at the national conferences, the Immersion Institute and, of course, the Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians offered annually at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.