ACRL Member of the Week: Susan Campbell

Susan CampbellSusan M. Campbell is Library Director/ Professor at York College of Pennsylvania. Susan has been an ACRL member since 1985 and she is your ACRL Member of the Week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Personally: cobalt, chocolate, champagne. Professionally: creative, innovative, indefatigable.

2. What book are you currently reading?
At home I am re-reading my all time favorite book, Falling through Space by Ellen Gilchrist. Here in the library I am reading Defining Relevancy: Managing the New Academic Library, edited by Janet McNeil Hurlbert. (Disclosure: I was privileged to write one of the chapters in the book about our experience with revolutionary reorganization of staff and services and massive renovation.)

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Committed, collaborative, cooperative.

4. Why did you join ACRL? It was almost three decades ago, so I cannot honestly say why I joined. I can say why I have stayed in ACRL. The connections with colleagues and ideas is unparalleled in my experience. There is no better organization for testing hypotheses and affirming actions.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? It is great joy every day to be surrounded by exceptionally bright and thoughtful people, to have the luxury to be exposed to incredible knowledge is so many areas, to tap into the fountain of youth working with young people, and to have the exceptional satisfaction of connecting people with the best information in an age when doing so is increasingly challenging.

6. In your own words: This is such an exciting time in librarianship: a time to embrace the dynamic power of the ways in which information is packaged and delivered; a time to create vibrant collaborative spaces for our communities; and a time to create partnerships on and off campus that will improve services for our faculty and students.


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