Meet the Candidates: Adrian K. Ho

Editor’s Note: The ACRL Member of the Week feature is taking a brief hiatus so we can profile the 2012 ACRL Board of Directors candidates. We’ll feature one candidate a day from March 12 – 19 in the order they appear on the ballot. Complete details on candidates for ACRL offices are available on the election website. Make sure to vote for the candidates of your choice starting March 19. Member of the Week will return on March 26.

Adrian K. HoAdrian K. Ho is Scholarly Communication Librarian at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. Adrian has been an ACRL member since 2002 and is a 2012 candidate for the ACRL Board of Directors as Director-at-Large.

1. Describe yourself in three words:  Curious. Determined. Flexible.

2. What are you reading right now? I am reading The Digital Scholar by Martin Weller, but I usually spend more time reading CBC News and The New York Times online.  And I always check out the videos on these sites.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Forward-thinking. Inspiring. Nurturing.

4. Why do you value most about ACRL? ACRL is a steadfast leader and advocate for academic librarianship. I appreciate its efforts to enhance people’s understanding and recognition of academic librarians’ contribution to higher education. At the personal level, I cherish the variety of continuing education avenues provided by ACRL. I also value being able to serve on committees because it offers me a chance to network with colleagues and learn from them.  It is an excellent way to support and sustain my professional growth.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? Academic/research librarianship plays a central role in supporting research, teaching, and learning. Its significance in higher education is simply undeniable. As technology and the information landscape keep evolving, we now have endless opportunities to reinvent ourselves in order to stay connected with library users and serve their needs in innovative ways.

6. In your own words: I am meeting with library users to explore opportunities for collaboration that will support research and scholarship on campus; interacting with colleagues to move projects forward; and swimming in a sea of information to stay up-to-date with the happenings in the profession. All these activities fuel my lifelong learning. It is an interesting time to be a librarian!