Member of the Week: Chad Kahl

Chad KahlChad Kahl is Social Sciences Librarian at the Illinois State University Milner Library in Normal, Illinois. Chad has been an ACRL member since 1997 and is your ACRL member of the week for January 13, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Citius, Altius, Fortius.

2. What are you listening to on your mobile device? I am currently reading Nate Silver’s book The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail – but Some Don’t.  I typically read non-fiction, especially military history and political science titles, but have lately been reading a lot of dystopian fiction.  I also read a ridiculous amount about the St. Louis Cardinals from online newspapers and blogs.

3. Describe ACRL in three words:  Networking, Development, Collegiality.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I value the ability to connect with so many other librarians who share a similar commitment and passion to librarianship.  I made a substantial change in my public services librarian career from library instruction administration to social science librarianship and switched my professional focus. I was delighted to find another section, the ACRL Law and Political Science Section, which is also full of librarians who are so devoted to growing the profession.  I also applaud the association for recognizing, supporting and advocating on topics focused primarily on academic librarianship, but also those that impact higher education and our entire society, such as civic engagement.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I am fortunate to serve on a campus where librarians have full faculty status.  In addition to the contributions I make in my day-to-day Social Science Librarian duties with faculty, staff and students in my liaison departments, I also serve on various campus committees. This has allowed me the opportunities to get actively involved in my campus’ civic and political engagement curricular and extra-curricular efforts including exhibits, speaker series, debate walls, and deliberative democracy town-gown event.

6. In your own words: I enjoy my job wholeheartedly.  Even after fifteen years, I find daily fulfillment professionally and personally.  I love the ability work with students, faculty and staff every day, while also pursuing research that I find interesting and intellectually stimulating.

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 for more information.