Meet the ACRL Presidents: Jacquelyn McCoy

Over the course of ACRL’s 75th anniversary celebration, we’ll highlight the association’s history by profiling our past presidents. Jacquelyn McCoy served as ACRL President from 1992-1993.

McCoy, Jacquelyn 1992-19931. Three words that describe your ACRL Presidency: Connectivity, Cooperation, Communication.

2. What is your most enduring memory of your presidential year? Promoting my presidential theme of “Academic Libraries at the Crossroads,” I challenged various committees and taskforces to anticipate the impact of new technologies on traditional academic libraries. This was accomplished by members connecting and cooperating with many other organizations (for example, EDUCOM, NREN, and CAUSE) to gain an understanding of what we would soon call paradigm shifts within the academy. The insights and implications were communicated to the entire ACRL membership. This exciting work remains the enduring memory of my presidential year.

3. What are you most proud of accomplishing during your presidential year and why? The proudest accomplishment of my presidential year was the Annual Conference Program in New Orleans. Two speakers enlightened the overflow crowd about the changes in the academy and the impact of new technologies on higher education. The services we render in an information age and of educational consumerism were discussed in light of the reengineering of the academy. The provocative title of the program no doubt explains why it attracted so large an audience: “Headed for the Beach: Redirecting the Academic Whale.”

4. Any advice for future ACRL presidents? Don’t be too hard on yourself; you can’t do everything. Rely on the ACRL staff, they are wonderful and will rescue you when necessary. Making good appointments is the key to a good year. So much has to be done so quickly that it helps if you have spent your VP year networking and making long lists of potential committee appointees! Relax and enjoy this opportunity. This is a time for your voice to be heard and to make a difference.