Member of the Week: Ronald Rodriguez

Ronald RodriguezRonald Rodriguez is Access Services Unit Head at California State University – Fullerton. Ronald has been an ACRL member since 1990 and is your ACRL Member of the Week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Thoughtful, organized, Gemini.

2. What book are you currently reading? Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Leadership, networks, collaborative.

4. Why did you join ACRL? I joined ACRL to stay current and engaged with trends, essential news, and newsmakers regarding academic and research libraries.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I value the role of academic libraries in fostering student success and how more can be done to assess that effect. I value the thousands of positive interactions between librarians and library staff with students and faculty each day.

6. In your own words: Random thoughts – The only constant in our profession is change. To be a success in our profession one must learn how to positively accept or at least tolerate ambiguity. The relationship between IT and Library has moved from distant cousins, to brother and sister and now a married couple. Younger librarians do not automatically join traditional professional organizations like ALA or even ACRL (like we did after graduation from library school); they are consumers and the value needs to be proven or shown first. An enthusiastic thank you from serving someone at the reference desk can improve the day greatly. Libraries need to keep re-inventing themselves every so often to project vitality, currency and relevance.

Editor’s Note: Are you an ACRL member? Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Contact David Free at dfree{at}ala{dot}org for more information.