Meet the Candidates: Beth McNeil

Editor’s Note: In the lead-up to the 2015 ALA/ ACRL election, we’re profiling the 2015 ACRL Board of Directors candidates. We’ll feature one candidate in slate order each weekday from March 13 — 20. 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 24.

Beth McNeilBeth McNeil is Associate Dean of the Purdue University Libraries in West Lafayette, Indiana, and is a 2015 candidate for the ACRL Board of Directors as Director-at-Large.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Dedicated, knowledgeable, optimistic.

2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your mobile device)? I am reading: Yes Please by Amy Poehler, Dear White People by Justin Simien, and Assessing Liaison Librarians: Documenting Impact for Positive Change by Daniel Mack and Gary White; and listening to Invisibilia, with Alix Spiegel and Lulu Miller (NPR podcast).

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Innovative, connected, resourceful.

4. Why do you value about ACRL? I value very much the resources and expertise made available to me through my ACRL membership. ACRL programming and publications are always first-rate and advance librarianship. Through participation on ACRL committees I feel I have been able to make an impact in higher education.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? On my campus I find ways to connect the work of our libraries and librarians with the teaching and research initiatives taking place each day in the academic departments and through student success units. My role is to facilitate these connections and to build partnerships and collaborations, around our collections and services, that advance student information literacy that will enable our students to be successful academically and in their professional careers and support faculty in new modes of scholarship and open access to research.

6. In your own words: Life as an academic/research librarian is always changing, challenging, and full of interesting opportunities. In 25+ years I have never once regretted my career choice.  My career has been energized by student curiosity and eagerness to learn and faculty commitment to teaching, both of which give me confidence in the future.