Member of the Week: Erika Linke

Erika LinkeErika Linke is Associate Dean of the University Libraries at Carnegie Mellon University. Erika has been an ACRL member since 1985, is the incoming ACRL President for 2008-2009, and is your ACRL Member of the Week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Curious, analytical, thoughtful.

2. What book are you currently reading? Is there a word to describe reading multiple books? Customarily I have my fingers in four to eight books at a time. Right now I am reading Left to Tell by Immaculée Ilibagiza, Transnational Lives by Anne-Meike Fechter, Scholarship in the Digital Age by Christine Borgmann, Women Don’t Ask by Linda Babcock, Indian Summer by Alex Von Tunzelmann, and The Nazi Ancestral Proof by Eric Ehrenreich.
3. Describe ACRL in three words:
Collaborative, focused, inspiring.
4. Why did you join ACRL?
Two of my mentors were involved in ACRL and their example encouraged me to join.
5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship?
What I value about academic librarianship is stickiness — its glue — librarianship connects people (faculty, students, researchers), content and purpose (teaching, learning and research).Academic and research librarians are passionate. We’re fortunate to work in environments that care about learning, about teaching and about research. What I also value is the way academic librarianship has morphed. There are today many more ways that academic and research librarians contribute expertise and knowledge to their libraries, to their institutions of higher education and to professional organizations — read ACRL.

6. In your own words: As a young librarian I was fortunate to be mentored by some outstanding librarians who influenced and shaped me (or at least tried to), and by others who were willing to take a risk on me. What I prize about my life as an academic librarian is that there is always something new — people, ideas, technology, something new to shake out complacency, something that challenges the status quo or conventional thinking. Librarians don’t work in isolation; we learn from one another, from collaboration.

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