ACRL Member of the Week: Constance Wade

Constance Wade is a circulation & user services librarian at the University of Iowa. Constance has been a member of ACRL for 5 years and is your ACRL Member of the Week for December 14, 2020.

Describe yourself in three words: Engaged, collaborative, inclusive.

What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I like to read a bit of everything! I am currently rotating between four books: The Anthill by Julianne Pachico, The Boatman’s Daughter by Andy Davidson, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and rereading Phil Jackson’s Eleven Rings.

Describe ACRL in three words: Opportunities, community, connections.

What do you value about ACRL? I value the many opportunities ACRL offers to develop my career within a very strong professional framework.

What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? As a librarian in public services, I am extremely proud of my work and tirelessly advocate for services that contribute to student success and community engagement. Every day I have the opportunity to connect with library users and make a difference in their lives!

In your own words: I find myself distracted and hard to settle on a sentence or two, so here are a few thoughts. As a librarian in public services, be prepared for the unexpected. Develop and provide stellar services to users. Take calculated risks. Lead with integrity and show up!

Editor’s Note: Are you an ACRL member? Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Nominate a colleague? Contact Mary Jane Petrowski at for more information.