Meet the ACRL Presidents: Mary Reichel

Over the course of ACRL’s 75th anniversary celebration, we’ll highlight the association’s history by profiling our past presidents. Mary Reichel is Special Assistant to the Provost at Appalachian State University and served as ACRL President from 2001–2002.MLR for ACRL (3)

1. Three words to describe your ACRL presidency: Serious, important, and inclusive.

2. What is the most enduring memory of your presidential year? My presidential year was just getting underway when the country experienced the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. That horrible day and the following repercussions were the backdrop for the work we did in 2001-2002. I was proud of all librarians, including academic librarians, who with our fundamental documents, such as The Code of Ethics and the Intellectual Freedom Principles, provided the basis for responding to challenging demands on libraries.

3. What are you most proud of accomplishing during your presidential year and why? The presidential theme focused on ACRL and its benefits for academic librarians as they grow and learn in the profession. I loved working on that theme with a diverse and powerful Board and a wonderful ACRL staff. In every effort, including the program, we tried to focus on the importance of each member’s contributions to ACRL.

4. Any advice for future ACRL presidents? My advice is to appreciate the honor of leading ACRL for a year and the support of colleagues both in your home institution as well as ACRL. Enjoy the important events and the people.