ACRL Member of the Week: Lorelei Sterling

Lorelei Sterling is Head of Access Services at University of Alaska Anchorage in Anchorage, AK. Lorelei has been a member of ACRL for 5 years and is your ACRL Member of the Week for September 18, 2023.

Describe yourself in three words: Tenacious, perceptive, genuine.

What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I am reading Stiff Penalty, a Mattie Winston mystery by Annelise Ryan.

Describe ACRL in three words: Engaged, creative, respectful.

What do you value about ACRL? I truly value the support that ACRL provides for academic librarians. Of particular importance for me has been the incredible professional development opportunities offered. I have learned so much by attending webinars and conferences and have been able to bring my new/improved skills back to UAA to help improve library services for everyone.

What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? As Head of Access Services, I am able to contribute to my campus in a variety of ways to help support students, staff, faculty, and community members. I ensure policies are equitable and inclusive, materials are available for checkout, and that the library building is welcoming with appropriate spaces for all patrons.

In your own words: I love my job! My favorite part of my current position is mentoring my staff. I focus quite a bit of time ensuring that I provide the opportunities they need for them to learn and grow in their skills and preparing them to be successful in their chosen career, even if it’s not in libraries.


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