ACRL Member of the Week: Lynn Olson Deeken

Lynn Deeken

Lynn Olson Deeken is the Director of Public Services and Coordinator of the Learning Commons Partnership at Seattle University in Seattle, Washington. Lynn has been a member of ACRL for 12 years and is your ACRL member of the week for November 5, 2018.

Lynn DeekenDescribe yourself in three words: Collaborative, positive, engaged.

What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device(s)? I am currently ready Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi and Tulalip, From My Heart: An Autobiographical Account of a Reservation Community by Harriette Shelton Dover. And the MANY graphic novels my 7-year-old finds….

Describe ACRL in three words: Advocacy, evolving, connective.

What do you value about ACRL? How quickly it helps me find others in the profession wrestling with similar challenges and the opportunities it creates for us to learn from each other.

What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? As a librarian I view part of my role as listening for ways the library can be engaged in campus problem-solving, proactively joining the conversations, providing leadership, and encouraging collaborations that will directly benefit student experience. It is a joy to connect students and faculty with an array of resources and services that enhance their work.

In your own words: I’ve always loved the ebb and flow of the academic year, the core tenets of librarianship we practice, and the opportunities to innovate and collaborate. In librarianship there are always new things to learn and people (like the students we serve) to learn from. Even after twenty years I’ve never gotten bored.

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.