Member of the Week: Arlie Sims

Arlie SimsArlie Sims is Head of Reference and Instructional Services and Coordinator of Staff Development at the Columbia College Chicago Library in Chicago. Arlie has been an ACRL member since 1995 and is your ACRL member of the week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Flexible, Communicative, Questioning.

2. What are you reading right now? Satyr Square: A Year, A Life in Rome by Leonard Barkan; The Little Drummer Girl by John Le Carré; and Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Compassion by Marshall B. Rosenberg.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Connected, Resourceful, Progressive.

4. Why did you join ACRL? I wanted to benefit from the expertise of professionally involved academic librarians and to take advantage of the many professional development  and networking opportunities that ACRL provides.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I value the opportunity to work in an environment in which a wide diversity of people are engaging in the processes of learning and questioning and growing and grappling with  hard questions.  Librarians help these burgeoning scholars and professionals and artists gain confidence to find and evaluate the information that will help them come up with solid answers–or more likely, more thoughtful questions.

6. In your own words: As libraries, and for that matter, universities and colleges, face a present and future dominated by change, the enduring value of what we have to offer remains solid and in high demand.  It seems clear that the overwhelming range of options people have for seeking information does not make the process easier, and the services of professionals who can help provide streamlined access to and assistance in evaluating and using those resources are still in high demand, even if the means by which those services are provided change dramatically.

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