Meet the Candidates: Beth McNeil

LIB-19-12023 Dean of Libraries BethMcNeil

Editor’s Note: In the lead-up to the 2022 ALA/ACRL election, we’re profiling the 2022 ACRL Board of Directors candidates. We’ll feature one candidate in slate order each weekday from March 2-11. 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 14.

Beth McNeil is the dean of libraries and School of Information studies at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN and a 2022 candidate for the ACRL Board of Directors as Vice-President/President-Elect.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Collaborative, open, engaged.

2. Describe ACRL in three words: Innovative, members, community.

3. What do you value about ACRL? ACRL is my best place for career growth and development, through programs, member-engagement opportunities, and networking.

4. What would you as candidate for the ACRL Board like to see ACRL accomplish in the area of EDI? I want to see ACRL change to be more welcoming to Black, Indigenous, and people of color, to both grow members in ACRL work and to enable a strong sense of belonging in ACRL for new BIPOC members.

5. In your own words: Life as an academic librarian can be invigorating, inspiring, and sometimes challenging, all in one day. Engaging with students continues to inspire and invigorate me even after years working in libraries. Of course, some days bring challenges, from budget-constraints to misunderstood roles and everything in between, and these demand creativity, finesse, and stamina. We have important roles and responsibilities on our campuses. The past few years have tasked us in a myriad of new and unexpected ways, but in libraries we are up to the challenge.

6. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile devices)? I am reading When Stars are Scattered, by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed (reading along with my 7th grade-reluctant-reader).