Member of the Week: Aaron Dobbs

Aaron DobbsAaron Dobbs is Systems Librarian at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. Aaron has been an ACRL member since 2000, was elected an ALA Councilor-At-Large in the recently completed ALA election, and is your ACRL Member of the Week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Strategic, Multi-talented, Activist.

2. What book are you currently reading? The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (I’m in the middle of book 6). I’m hoping there will only be one more book in the trilogy – this is getting really long. ๐Ÿ™‚

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Informative, Aware, Collaboration.

4. Why did you join ACRL? At first I joined because I felt I should. I maintain my membership because I find the publications (and now the blog) thought provoking and because the people involved in ACRL are committed, intelligent, and involved in areas of professional and personal interest.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? Academic libraries exist to connect researchers to all data and information, especially from the more obscure (yet authoritative) sources. Sure, anyone can search the intrawebs and find stuff; but, who else will provide specific, on-topic search results with a low false-drop count in a reasonable amount of time for no direct charge to the user? The best part of academic librarianship is finding the impossible-for-the-student-to-find answer and the student’s softly breathed “whoa” upon receipt.

6. In your own words: Libraries and academia are in a roiling state of flux these days. Both institutions have been fighting to remain as, or even more, relevant as we perceive we were fifty or more years ago. At this moment, the governmental policy arena is where the fight is taking place. As an ACRL Legislative Advocate, I keep up to date on these policy “discussions” and serve as a voice for libraries, especially those in academia. I speak with legislators and legislative aides, highlighting the benefits and services we provide to our students and society as a whole. More of us need to be activists, explaining why our services need funding, why every dollar of library funding returns more than a dollar’s worth of benefits to our institutions.

Editorโ€™s Note: Are you an ACRL member? Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Contact David Free at dfree{at}ala{dot}org for more information.


  1. Hi DerikB,

    Yep, I know ๐Ÿ™ That’s why I’ve started rereading the series; I’ve forgotten a whole lot more than I thought I did. I’ve been looking forward to the end of this series since ~1998 (when I thought, at the time, the series was to be a trilogy of trilogies)

    The 12th (and final, which was declared before RJ‘s untimely demise) book, A Memory of Lightis forecast to be posthumously published in late 2009.

  2. Congratulations, Aaron!

    Too bad that picture isn’t a video — I’d like to see the juggling. ๐Ÿ™‚

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