1. Describe yourself in three words: Adaptable, driven, and dedicated.
2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device(s)? Wildwood by Colin Meloy, illustrated by Carson Ellis. I’m a big fan of the band The Decemberists and Colin Meloy is their lead singer. Not only is he a great singer, but a talented writer as well. And I’m always trying to keep up with the professional journals. I also have a slight addiction to fashion and food blogs.
3. Describe ACRL in three words: Collaborative, progressive, and passionate.
4. What do you value about ACRL? I value the collaborative nature of ACRL members. Everyone I encounter through the organization demonstrates a true passion to serve the information needs of their users. And because ACRL members are so willing to share ideas, I am always learning new and different ways to meet the ever-changing needs of our students and faculty. I also greatly value the ACRL conference. It’s by far the most useful, fun, and motivating of all conferences.
5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? As director, it is my job to ensure library services and collections align with and support the College mission. I make sure that our users have access to the information they need, when they need it, and can obtain it in an effective and efficient manner. This involves everything from collection development, web design, statistical analysis of usage, and resource implementation and maintenance. Because we are only a staff of three, I also get to participate in all areas of the Library, from interlibrary loan to reference to cataloging. In addition, I serve on academic committees to advocate for the Library’s role in curriculum changes and developments.
6. In your own words: I feel incredibly blessed to be in a profession that brings me great professional and personal satisfaction. Whether it’s keeping up on new technologies, learning different ways to engage users, or helping a student find the article they need, I love the work I do. The dynamic nature of librarianship provides me with endless challenges. I know my role in a student’s development of new knowledge is important, and that is extremely gratifying. I love being a librarian.
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