75th Anniversary Scholarship Donor: Diane Klare

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.Klare

Diane Klare is head of reference at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. She is a member of the ACRL Budget and Finance Committee (2011-2015) and has been a Friend of ACRL since 2011.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Persistent, curious, resourceful

2. Why do you support the 75th ACRL Anniversary scholarship campaign? ACRL embodies the mission of academic libraries to provide unfettered access to resources for the betterment of their academic communities.  The organization is a wonderful resource for librarians who want to broaden their horizons and grow professionally, and I want do my part in providing financial support to assist in these endeavors.

3. What might someone be surprised to know about you? Despite what people may assume when they first meet me, I didn’t become a librarian until a little over a decade ago (although I wish I had realized my calling much sooner – I love what I do!).

4. Since you’ve become a member of ACRL, tell us about someone who influenced you in some way. Early in my career, I had the privilege to become acquainted with Christine Drew, a librarian who most recently was associated with Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  She embodied the type of creative and innovative librarian I wanted to become. Sadly, Christine passed away last year, but the knowledge she imparted during the time I knew her will stay with me always.

5. What do you hope ACRL will achieve in the next 75 years? I hope that ACRL will continue to be an influential voice in shaping the future of higher education as it moves forward and encounters new challenges.  I would like to think that libraries 75 years from now will still play a dominant role in the academy, and that librarians continue to be the heart of academic institutions, be they physical or virtual.

6. In your opinion, what is the most important work that ACRL does? I think the most important work that ACRL does is providing a large variety of no- or relatively low-cost programming and networking opportunities to bring librarians together to discuss common issues and challenges within higher education and libraries in particular.