Member of the Week: Robert Seal

Bob SealBob Seal is Dean of Libraries at Loyola University Chicago. Bob has been an ACRL member since 1986 and was awarded the 2015 ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award. He is your ACRL member of the week for August 3, 2015.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Dedicated, focused, and caring.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device(s)? A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Professional, supportive, and opportunities.

4. What do you value about ACRL? The focus on the needs of academic libraries and librarians, including the work the Association does to promote standards (for example, standards for information literacy).

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? Articulating the needs of the library in support of all phases of the academic enterprise. Also, providing leadership that emphasizes putting users first. I am proud of our staff at Loyola University Chicago for exhibiting such an outstanding service orientation. Our unofficial motto is “Our students and faculty are not an interruption; they are our reason for being here.”

6. In your own words: Although I intended to be a special librarian (I majored in astronomy as an undergraduate), I ended up at the University of Virginia as circulation librarian, a move that turned out to be a great first step towards becoming a library administrator. To this day, I feel fortunate to work in an academic library, to work and interact with students and faculty doing so many interesting things. The university environment is stimulating and exciting, and I am fortunate to have been part of it for some 40-plus years.

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