75th Anniversary Scholarship Donor: Jacquelyn McCoy

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.

McCoy, JackieJacquelyn McCoy served as ACRL President from 1992-93.

1.     Describe yourself in three words:  Retired, Grandmother, Traveler.

2.     Why do you support the 75th ACRL Anniversary scholarship campaign? Because ACRL has played such supportive role in my professional development and I wanted to give back to an association that has sustained academic and research librarianship through the past 75 years.  This money will help young members find ways to participate in the many programs ACRL offers and will help sustain and improve their professional skills. They will learn more about their chosen profession and how an association can offer a united voice for their concerns and capacities.

3.     What might someone be surprised to know about you?  I have nine grandchildren and, now that I am retired, they have become as important as my professional goals ever were.  My husband and I have traveled extensively including, Southeast Asia, Antarctica, China, Australia, and all over east and west Europe. However, I have recently been doing research on the role of digitizing in the humanities.  This research has had many outlets and has certainly catapulted me into the 21st century.

4.     Since you became a member of ACRL, tell us about someone who influenced you in some way.  The most significant person in ACRL for me was William Moffett.  He was the ACRL Academic and Research Librarian of the Year for 1991.

5.     What do you hope ACRL will achieve in the next 75 years? It is hard to predict where any organization will be in ten years let alone the next 75.  Try to remember it was just over 100 years ago that the airplane was invented.  Can we possibly predict ahead 75 years with the rapid acceleration of technology that is changing everything we do on a day- to-day basis?  It is hard to keep up with the latest release of this month’s iPhone.  These changes are so fast that I think we will have to look to science fiction to foresee our future role in the information world.  It was not that long ago that cell phones, wide spread use of personal computers and the Internet were new.  How ACRL will be interacting with this information age in this unknown future will be something exciting to behold. No doubt we will be doing it with brain probes.

6.     In your opinion, what is the most important work that ACRL does? The most important work that ACRL does is to provide a forum for discussion about academic library issues, a united voice in governmental concerns, and training for all levels of the library profession.  However, I think it is particularly important that the young professionals have the opportunity to serve on committees, learn presentation, leadership and other organizational skills that only an association like ACRL can provide them.  They can take these skills back to their jobs and become better equipped to meet the extraordinary demands of our challenging field.