Circle of Friends: Louise S. Sherby

The ACRL Circle of Friends acknowledges the sustained generosity of those who have been Friends of ACRL for five or more years. The Friends of ACRL was created to provide a means for the association to take bold steps above and beyond its traditional member programs and services. Rapidly changing demographic, economic, and technological trends are presenting academic libraries and librarians with new challenges and competition that demand immediate solutions. The Friends of ACRL have responded to these new challenges and provided additional support that will enhance and ensure the relevance of our profession. To join or learn more about the Friends of ACRL, please visit the ACRL website.

Louise S. Sherby is Assistant Head of Archives and Special Collections at Hunter College in New York City and has been a Friend of ACRL since 1999.

1. Describe yourself in three words:  Quiet, respectful, loyal.

2. Why do you support the Friends of ACRL? I believe strongly in professional development and this is an area in which ACRL provides a variety of opportunities for members to meet, participate in professional activities and to grow the profession both individually and in their libraries.

3. What might someone be surprised to know about you?  I love to play tour guide in New York City for friends and family and I love to shop for jewelry.

4. Since you’ve become a member of ACRL, tell us about someone who influenced you in some way? I worked for Eugene P. Sheehy at Columbia University for a number of years.  Gene was a wonderful role model and led by example.  He exemplified the ability to achieve service and reference goals by quietly leading the way.  He trusted his staff to do the right thing and when something went wrong (as can happen when dealing with faculty and students), he would discuss what happened and suggest other ways to handle whatever the situation was.  A lesson that I never forgot and that proved to be invaluable as I moved on to work at other institutions.

5. What do you hope ACRL will achieve in the near future (or the long term)? I hope that ACRL will continue to provide positive opportunities for academic librarians to continue to grow and deal with the ever changing issues that confront us and the profession.

6. In your opinion, what is the most important work that ACRL does? There are two important areas that I think ACRL excels in: advocacy for academic and research libraries and the creation of standards of service in many areas that impact our libraries and our users.