Meet the Candidates: Brad Warren

Editor’s Note: In the lead-up to the 2024 ALA/ACRL election, we’re profiling the 2024 ACRL Board of Directors candidates. We’ll feature one candidate in slate order each weekday from March 1-8. 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 11.

Brad Warren is the dean of libraries at Augusta University in Augusta, GA and a 2024 candidate for the ACRL Board of Directors as Vice-President/President-Elect.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Creative, hopeful, caring.

2. Describe ACRL in three words: Collaborative, useful, responsive.

3. What do you value about ACRL? I have valued ACRL most for its ability to support my professional development and needs as my positions and responsibilities have changed.  To put it simply, it is a dynamic organization that has something for Academic Librarians at all stages of their careers. 

4. What would you as candidate for the ACRL Board like to see ACRL accomplish in the area of EDI? It is incumbent upon the ACRL President and Board to ensure that its work, ranging from committees, interest and discussion groups, publications, professional development opportunities and everything in-between incorporates EDI principles at the forefront of its work. I have seen this work evolve firsthand in my various participatory roles with ACRL over the past four to five years. While I see this as a core value of the organization, I would feel like we have succeeded in our ability to make true headway with EDI once it does not feel as though it is being done in addition to everything else but is as present in our work as the air we breathe. 

5. In your own words (an open-ended statement or reflection about life as an academic/research librarian): Our work as academic librarians is occurring in an environment of constant change and responses to internal and external pressures. This is the case at any type of academic library, be it public or private. While this can be daunting, overwhelming, or even make one question the career itself, I remind myself and others that librarianship and higher education has always been in a state of change and flux. It is often iterative and gradual but has always been part of the fabric of the work. I think it is important to remember that we have done a fantastic job of handling and coping with change throughout our careers, and this creates a dynamic environment to allow for personal and professional growth. You’ve got this!

6. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device(s)? I’m usually a science fiction fan or anything having to do with time travel. However, I’m reading something very different than that right now – Black AF History: The Un-Whitewashed Story of America by Michael Harriot. I am almost always listening to audiobooks and just started it last week, finding it eye-opening, thought provoking, and extremely informative. It is narrated by the author, which is always something I love to see in a non-fiction audiobook, and he’s got a wicked sense of humor which really punctuates the subject matter really well.