Member of the Week: Pat Hawthorne

Pat Hawthorne

Pat Hawthorne (678x1024)Pat Hawthorne is Associate Dean for Research and Education at the University of Nevada Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV. Pat has been an ACRL member since 1993 and is your ACRL member of the week for April 4, 2016.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Inquisitive, pragmatic, reflective.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. The Last Love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion by Tracy Daugherty. Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads by Paul Theroux. Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Proactive, collaborative, diverse.

4. What do you value about ACRL? ACRL provides me with a supportive community and meaningful opportunities to collaborate and contribute to my chosen profession and my organization. ACRL allows me to continue to learn—about libraries and myself. I have met and worked with many creative, talented, dedicated librarians who really, really enjoy their work. They are my inspiration!

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? In my role as Associate Dean for Research and Education at the UNLV Libraries, I collaborate with library colleagues to ensure the UNLV Libraries support both student learning and faculty research. This translates into working with campus colleagues—deans, associate deans, faculty, administrators, and students—to develop partnerships and collaborations that help UNLV to achieve its educational, research, and service mission, goals, and initiatives. Within the library, it means working with all library faculty and staff to offer expert assistance and excellent service to our users, develop relevant collections and resources that support teaching and learning and scholarship, provide inviting and welcoming spaces and environments, and offer public programming that engages and inspires our community.

6. In your own words: At its very core, librarianship is a profession that facilitates change in individuals, organizations, communities, and the world. I always feel privileged to work in a profession that helps individuals to learn, to solve problems, and to achieve their personal and professional goals. When we do our jobs well, we have the chance to create a library user for life. This concept guides what I hope is an intentional approach to my work. I believe that all types of libraries can contribute to making an individual a library user for life. Within this ecosystem, all libraries play a role. School and public librarians ignite a passion for reading and a desire to learn. Public librarians support lifelong learning, civic engagement, and community and economic development. Academic librarians support teaching and learning AND facilitate research and scholarship. Special librarians support unique work and professionals. What librarians and libraries do matters. I am grateful every day—I love my job as an academic librarian.

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