ACRL Member of the Week: Tara Weekes

Editor’s note: April is Community College Month, and all month we are featuring community college librarians as the ACRL Member of the Week to celebrate!

Tara Weekes is the director of learning resources at Greenville Technical College in South Carolina. Tara has been a member of ACRL for 3 years and is your ACRL Member of the Week for April 24, 2023.

Describe yourself in three words: Intelligent, compassionate, adventurous.

What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I am reading Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. We’re hosting a book club with this title to coincide with the new TV series, and it’s been on my reading list for a while.

Describe ACRL in three words: Organized collaborative colleagues.

What do you value about ACRL? That we are organized and collaborative colleagues with the collective abilities and passion to continuously improve the academic library profession and our impact on each individual and the world.

What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? I strategically lead the development and daily operations of academic libraries and computer labs at four campuses in support of Greenville Technical College’s mission and student, faculty, staff, and community needs. This includes hiring, training, supervising, mentoring, and collaborating to plan, implement, and assess physical, electronic, and open education resource management and instruction, reference, resource sharing, copyright, and academic program review services. I also direct outreach, marketing, programming, and partnership initiatives to continuously improve and increase use of resources, services, spaces, and information and digital literacy instruction, and I negotiate, generate, and manage all budgets including planning and project management of capital upgrades.

In your own words: I started my career as an academic library work-study student in 2004, and I have been blessed to obtain and apply nearly 20 years of education, experience, and network building since…

Editor’s Note: Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Nominate a colleague? Fill out this form and we’ll be in touch!