Meet the Presidents: Erika Linke

Over the course of ACRL’s 75th anniversary celebration, we’ll highlight the association’s history by profiling our past presidents. Erika Linke is Associate Dean of University Libraries at Carnegie Mellon University and served as ACRL President from 2008-2009.

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1. Three words to describe your ACRL presidency: Intense, rewarding, deeply satisfying.

2. What is your most enduring memory of your presidential year? There’s not just one memory. First of all, the opportunity to meet ACRL members and academic librarians and hear their professional aspirations, goals and concerns. My president’s program was in an inconvenient location, right after lunch on a gorgeous summer day – location, lunch and fabulous weather took a toll. Maybe we should have moved the program outdoors! On the other hand, the 2009 ACRL conference in Seattle was absolutely wonderful in every way, though all the credit for success goes to conference chair Betsy Wilson, her committee chairs and volunteers.

3. What are you most proud of accomplishing during your presidential year and why? Creating continuity. In my weekly calls with the Executive Director, I intentionally included the President-Elect so that she was in the loop on issues and could experience the flow of a presidential year and begin to develop a sense of what their presidential year might be like. Another aspect of fostering continuity was to connect standing committees with the strategic plan by assigning board liaisons to the committees.

4. Any advice for future ACRL presidents? Expect the unexpected. Seize strategic opportunities. Make it a year of no regrets.