Meet the ACRL Presidents: Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe

Lisa Janicke HinchliffeOver the course of ACRL’s 75th anniversary celebration, we’ll highlight the association’s history by profiling our past presidents. Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe is Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and served as ACRL President from 2010–2011.

1. Three words to describe your ACRL presidency: Exhilarating, Strategic, Value.

2. What is your most enduring memory of your presidential year? The ACRL 2011 conference in Philadelphia stands out for the fantastic sessions and networking but on a personal note meeting Clinton Kelly and Raj Patel and celebrating my 40th birthday at the all-conference reception are things I will never forget!

3. What are you most proud of accomplishing during your presidential year and why? Establishing the Value of Academic Libraries Initiative is my proudest achievement. I’m grateful to those who laid the groundwork in the previous years. The continued growth of the initiative since then demonstrates how important it is to respond proactively in these times of accountability and critique. Demonstrating and communicating value is the signature challenge of our era.

4. Any advice for future ACRL presidents? It goes by so quickly; be sure to pause and enjoy it!