ACRL Member of the Week: Kathleen Baril

Kathleen Baril is library director at Ohio Northern University in Ada. Kathleen has been a member of ACRL for 9 years and is your ACRL Member of the Week for June 14, 2021.

Describe yourself in three words: Calm, thoughtful, creative.

What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I just finished the Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro and am currently reading The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich.

Describe ACRL in three words: Collaborative, life-long learning, community.

What do you value about ACRL? I value all of the professional development opportunities that ACRL offers as well as the opportunities to network with librarians from around the country.

What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? As the director, I am responsible for promoting the library’s services and resources as well as working with constituencies on campus to promote student success especially as it pertains to information literacy and research. Since I work at a small library and institution, I also teach students information literacy skills as well as provide individualized research instruction

In your own words: I am lucky to have found a profession that is very supportive and continues to work to be better. I am especially glad to see our profession looking more critically at diversity, equity and inclusion within librarianship and how we can better support diverse librarians as well as how we can change to create more equitable structures and provide diverse resources.

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.