ACRL Member of the Week: Steven Bell

Steven J. Bell is Associate University Librarian for Research and Instructional Services at Temple University Libraries
in Philadelphia. Steven has been an ACRL member since 1994 and he is your ACRL Member of the Week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Blended. Passionate. Learner.

2. Describe ACRL in three words: Professionalism. Opportunity. Networking.

3. Why did you join ACRL? Initially, to be active in my local chapter. That grew into a desire to be more active in the national organization. Also, to be better able to take advantage of the professional development opportunities ACRL offers to members. When I became a library director, the ACRL sponsored “New Directors Mentoring Program”, and a network of colleagues who could provide assistance gave me new reasons to appreciate my ACRL membership.

4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I could write an article in answer to this question. In fact, I did. It’s about my passion for academic librarianship and five things: students; faculty; community; colleagues; keeping up. You can find this article at: “A Passion For Academic Librarianship: Find It, Keep It, Sustain It–A Reflective Inquiry.” Portal: Libraries and the Academy 3(4):633-642, October 2003.

5. In your own words: ACRL is about helping its members achieve their greatest potential as academic librarians. All academic librarians are responsible for their own professional development (learn more at . But through professional development programs, conferences, publications, virtual workshops, discussion lists, and committee participation opportunities, ACRL provides a supportive infrastructure for each member to achieve a high level of personal professional development in a network of supportive colleagues.

Editor’s Note: Are you an ACRL member? Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Contact David Free at dfree{at}ala{dot}org for more information.