Meet the ACRL Presidents: William Miller

William MillerOver the course of ACRL’s 75th anniversary celebration, we’ll highlight the association’s history by profiling our past presidents. William Miller served as ACRL President from 1996-1997.

1. Three words to describe your ACRL presidency: Wonderful growth experience.

2. What is your most enduring memory of your presidential year? Being part of the renewed outreach to higher ed organizations, under Althea Jenkins’s leadership.

3. What are you most proud of accomplishing during your presidential year? Helping to get the annual ACRL Academic Library Trends and Statistics publication going.  This has been so helpful to me (and presumably to many others) because of its consistency and timeliness. I also wrote a backpage piece for the Chronicle of Higher Education during my year; as President of ACRL, there was no question about whether or not they would publish it.

4. Any advice for future ACRL presidents? It all goes very quickly, and by the time you know what you are doing, it’s over.  You will gain much more than you give, and learn a lot. Pay special attention to the appointments process: the chairs of your committees are really crucial.