75th Anniversary Scholarship Donor: Mark Cummings

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.9018181825_b22e002f50_m

Mark Cummings has been the editor and publisher of CHOICE since 2013.

1. Describe yourself in three words. Intense, imaginative, committed.

2. Why do you support the 75th ACRL Anniversary scholarship campaign?  I believe that there are no greater challenges to our future as a society than to ensure that information be available and discoverable and that citizens possess the analytical skills to evaluate the information they access thoughtfully. Training specialists in the techniques of information recovery and use is one important way to further that goal.

3. What might someone be surprised to know about you? Although I hate hot weather, I am happiest in the deserts of the American Southwest. Also, I make a terrific white clam pizza.

4. What do you hope ACRL will achieve in the next 75 years?  I hope that ACRL will become the acknowledged first source for best practices in information management and professional education.  Through this work, it will help produce generations of intellectual leaders in these and related fields.

5. In your opinion, what is the most important work that ACRL does?  As a publisher, I am probably not the best-qualified person to answer this question, but in keeping with my earlier response, I think that advocating for information literacy—particularly training others to think critically and to evaluate information carefully—is the most critical function of the organization.