75th Anniversary Scholarship Donor: Barbara J. Ford

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.Barbara J Ford

Barbara J. Ford served as ACRL President during 1990-91 and has been a Friend of ACRL since 1998.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Global, involved, professional.

2. Why do you support the 75th ACRL Anniversary scholarship campaign? I have gained much from involvement in professional organizations and participating in conferences and am pleased to be able to assist others in having these opportunities. I am especially interested in having more international librarians participate in ACRL. This participation will provide opportunities for U.S. and international librarians to share their ideas and expertise as they learn more about developments in libraries around the world.

3. What might someone be surprised to know about you? I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Panama and Nicaragua and have found international work and involvement to be the most valuable and interesting part of my career.

4. Since you’ve become a member of ACRL, tell us about someone who influenced you in some way. John C. Tyson was a librarian I knew through ACRL work. He was president of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, State Librarian of Virginia, and University Librarian at the University of Richmond Library. I always found his ideas interesting and enjoying working with him in professional organizations and am sorry he died much too young.

5. What do you hope ACRL will achieve in the next 75 years? Continue to enhance the ability of academic librarians to meet the information needs of the higher education community while working collaboratively with other parts of the American Library Association and international organizations like the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions to ensure that everyone everywhere can have their information needs met through libraries.

6. In your opinion, what is the most important work that ACRL does? Providing educational and networking opportunities for librarians and providing tools and techniques that help librarians reach out to and interact with the higher education community, other types of libraries, and librarians globally.