75th Anniversary Scholarship Donor: Elizabeth (Beth) Dupuis

Elizabeth (Beth) DupuisAs 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.

This month we profile ACRL Circle of Friends member and Phineas L. Windsor Honor Circle member Elizabeth (Beth) Dupuis. Beth is Associate University Librarian and Director of the Doe/Moffitt and Subject Specialty Libraries at the University of California–Berkeley and has been a Friend of ACRL since 2007.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Aware, resourceful, undaunted.

2. Why do you support the 75th ACRL Anniversary scholarship campaign? My desired future depends on steady flow of intelligent, engaged, creative, articulate, community-oriented people helping to shape our customs, policies, values, and goals. I see the ACRL scholarship campaign as a clear way to encourage and support successive waves of bright minds and brave hearts into our profession and as active agents for positive change in general.

3. What might someone be surprised to know about you?  In college, I ground crewed for the tomato-shaped, hot air balloon that advertised for the local pizza company. (The chase van was decorated like a giant tomato too.)

4. Since you’ve become a member of ACRL, tell us about someone who influenced you in some way. I joined ALA and ACRL as a graduate student. I celebrate the influence of my first librarian-supervisor, Beth Woodard, who offered encouragement and constructive criticism to me as a young professional. She continues to be the consummate model of a lifelong learner who also eagerly shares her knowledge with others.

5. What do you hope ACRL will achieve in the next 75 years? The year 2090 . . . I hope throughout this century we will collectively shape a future that is inclusive, equitable, forward thinking, and rewarding for all. I hope ACRL and its members will continue to work on initiatives that focus on the big issues and contribute to that vision.

6. In your opinion, what is the most important work that ACRL does? ACRL is a wonderful forum for librarians and library professionals to mix it up – sharing best practices, identifying emerging issues, collaborating with key partners, questioning assumptions, and sparking new ideas.