Member of the Week: Cliff Landis

Cliff LandisCliff Landis is Technology Librarian at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA. Cliff has been an ACRL member since 2005 and is your ACRL member of the week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Creative, caring, gentleman.

2. What are you reading right now? Right now I’m reading Transcend: Nine Steps to Living Well Forever by Ray Kurzweil and Terry Grossman, because I’m fascinated by Future Studies.  And I always listen to the Stuff You Should Know podcast, because I’m a trivia addict and the hosts are hilarious!

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Informative, adept, inquisitive.

4. Why did you join ACRL? When I was a brand new academic librarian, I joined because I figured it would look good on my C.V.!  But after I started actually *doing* librarianship (researching, teaching, etc.), I realized that ACRL is a great resource for my further growth in the field.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? There are a lot of students who need help navigating the chaos of information that is out there–not just on the open Web, but also in our libraries.  When I help a student who genuinely wants to learn, it makes me feel great.  There’s no other field that I know of where people thank you even if you can’t find what they need!

6. In your own words: We’re here for the library’s users.  Without them, our libraries are just warehouses of paper and computers.  I think the best thing we can do for our field and ourselves is to remain user-centered.  If we’re providing users with what they want *and* what they need, we will inevitably thrive.

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