Meet the ACRL Presidents: Anne K. Beaubien

Over the course of ACRL’s 75th anniversary celebration, we’ll highlight the association’s history by profiling our past presidents. Anne K. Beaubien is Director of MLibrary Document Delivery and Grants Officer at the University of Michigan Library in Ann Arbor and served as ACRL President from 1991-1992.


1. Three words to describe your ACRL presidency: Extraordinary professional experience

2. What is your most enduring memory of your presidential year? ACRL’s planning process was made more responsive to the membership and changes in higher education by clarifying values, assumptions, strengths and weaknesses to set priorities. ACRL began networking more effectively with other professional and higher education associations.

3. What are you most proud of accomplishing during your presidential year and why? ACRL commissioned some research to update the professional profiles for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and for career guidance packages such as the Strong Interest Inventory and the SIGI PLUS career guidance system. We successfully updated these previously negative or inaccurate profiles which made it possible for people to get a more realistic picture of our work to help bring talented people into our profession.

4. Any advice for future ACRL presidents? Focus on the changing role of academic libraries; focus energy on library-related matters; remain flexible; listen to a variety of points of view before moving forward.