Meet the ACRL Presidents: Lori Goetsch

Over the course of ACRL’s 75th anniversary celebration, we’ll highlight the association’s history by profiling our past presidents. Lori Goetsch is Dean of the Kansas State University Libraries and served as ACRL President from 2009-2010.Goetsch

1. Three words to describe your ACRL presidency: Fast-paced, fun, challenging.

2. What is your most enduring memory of your presidential year? My first speaking engagement at the North Dakota/Manitoba ACRL chapter—in December! Despite the cold wind and snow, my hosts couldn’t have been more gracious, even having a barbershop quartet come and sing to me since they knew that I was a Sweet Adeline. I also started my collection of lapel pins from each institution I visiting during my presidency, a wonderful reminder of these trips.

3. What are you most proud of accomplishing during your presidential year and why? The beginnings of the Value of Academic Libraries initiative. Using a briefing paper prepared by board member John Lehner (University of Houston) as a springboard for discussion, the board began to move forward this initiative that focused on our critical role in advancing the teaching, learning, research, and service missions of our colleges and universities. I’m so proud to look back on the very early conversations on this topic and see where the association is today.

4. Any advice for future ACRL presidents? Take time to enjoy the experience—it goes very fast. Also, brush up on your meeting management and parliamentary practices—they will come in handy! Finally, relish your visits with chapters. I truly enjoyed those trips and met some great folks along the way.