Polly Boruff-Jones is Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning and Research at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis University Library in Indianapolis, IN. Polly has been an ACRL member since 2001 and is your ACRL member of the week.
1. Describe yourself in three words: Hard-working, conscientious, energetic.
2. What are you reading right now? Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond.
3. Describe ACRL in three words: Relevant, educational, social.
4. Why did you join ACRL? I joined ACRL in 2001 and attended my first ACRL National Conference that same year. I was so excited by the programming offered and I learned so much. Every session I attended connected to my responsibilities at work, particularly those programs related to instruction and information literacy. It was clear to me that this would be my “home” for service and professional development, and it continues to be. I have established lasting professional and personal relationships through ACRL.
5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I value the variety each day offers in academic librarianship and the always-evolving technology environment. I am never bored. Additionally, I value the opportunities for continuous learning and professional development that the library profession and higher education offer which allows me to appreciate the variety and evolving technology by providing the tools I need to stay on top of it all!
6. In your own words:Librarianship represents a career change for me. I came to the profession in my 30s, and it has been a very good change. I enjoy the intellectual challenge of the job, but just as important are the interactions with students and faculty and the knowledge that I am contributing to student success. The opportunities for continuing education and professional growth are almost endless. Long before I became a librarian my family and friends teased me about being a perpetual student; this profession allows me to indulge my passion for education and actually encourages it through a commitment to life-long learning.
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