ACRL Member of the Week: Valerie Nye

Valerie Nye is the library director at Santa Fe Community College in Santa Fe, NM. Valerie has been a member of ACRL for 21 years and is your ACRL Member of the Week for June 20, 2023.

Describe yourself in three words: Curious, optimistic, patient.

What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I am reading The Center of Everything by Jamie Harrison  and Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano (listening).

Describe ACRL in three words: Education, connector, colleagues.

What do you value about ACRL? I value ACRL for all of the people I have met and the things I have learned. I have gotten so many ideas from ACRL conferences, articles, and colleagues, ideas that have split open my day-to-day work and made me think of my work, career, ideas, and values in new ways. ACRL’s Assessment in Action program has been one of the most influential experiences of my career. It has allowed me to work to translate the work libraries do into a value that the institutions I have worked for understand.

What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? I connect people to ideas and I connect people to other people. I navigate systems to provide the best possible services and collections to our community.

In your own words: As academic librarians we have a unique view of a our institutions. We see across departments, we see diverse points of view because of our varied patrons, we see the nuts and bolts of assignment requirements, and we see and share information across institutions. I would argue we have the best point of view to fully understand our institutions. We should feel confident knowing we have a unique perspective at our institutions of higher education, and we should share our experiences with people outside the library to innovate and create change that supports students, faculty, staff, and the institutions we serve.

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