Meet the Candidates: Julie Garrison

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.

Julie GarrisonJulie Garrison is Associate Dean, Research and Instructional Services at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI. Julie 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:  Forward-thinking, collaborative, inquisitive.

2. What are you reading right now? I recently finished reading the GVSU Community Read book Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson. I am currently reading Centers for Learning: Writing Centers and Libraries in Collaboration edited by James K. Elmborg and Sheril Hook, and Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette  Winterson.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Educational, enriching, community.

4. Why do you value most about ACRL? I value the ways that ACRL connects me with my colleagues. I appreciate the ability to learn about their successes and activities through ACRL publications, programming, and association work. I also appreciate ACRL’s willingness to engage members in finding solutions to broad academic library issues.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? Working in an environment where learning is a primary focus is the thing I value most about academic librarianship.

6. In your own words: I am privileged to be in a profession where I get to combine my own interests and learning with the work I do on a daily basis.  The ability to collaborate, problem solve, and research with fellow librarians, faculty, staff, and students across campus, and colleagues across the country, makes for a thought provoking, stimulating, and dynamic work environment. I love being in an environment where new ideas are welcomed and explored, and where informed risk is rewarded.