Member of the Week: Alberta Bailey

Alberta BaileyAlberta S. Bailey is Director for Public Services at the University of Arkansas University Libraries in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  Alberta has been an ACRL member since 1997 and is your ACRL member of the week.

1. Describe yourself in three words:Reasonable, Supportive, Collaborative.

2. What are you reading right now? I am reading A Mercy by Toni Morrison.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Relevant, Advocate, Leader.

4. Why did you join ACRL? I joined ACRL to connect and network with professionals in academic libraries in order to stay current in the practice of librarianship and to take advantage of opportunities for continuing education and self-development.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I value the intellectual challenge involved in the discovery of just the right information delivered at just the right time to satisfy study, teaching, research, teaching, service, and life-long learning needs of library constituents.

6. In your own words: Life for academic/librarians in the 21st century is about embracing and managing change.  It is meeting library users where they are and understanding how to effectively navigate the space between what the users want and what we think they need.  It is also about incorporating technology wherever appropriate to make the process easy, interesting, and collaborative. Innovative uses of technology that enhance learning and empower students and scholars to be more creative and productive is an important component of the academic library mission that propels the reach of the library beyond its walls.


Editor’s Note: Are you an ACRL member? Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Nominate a colleague? Contact Mary Jane Petrowski at mpetrowski@ala.org for more information.

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