Member of the Week: Scott DiMarco

Scott R. DiMarcoScott R. DiMarco is Director of Library and Information Resources at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania in Mansfield, PA. Scott has been an ACRL member since 1996, and is your ACRL member of the week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Educator, pragmatic, unconventional.

2. What are you currently reading? One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer by Nathanial C. Fick and Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill: A Brief Account of a Long Life by Gretchen Rubin.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Member-focused, advocacy, valuable.

4. Why did you join ACRL? I joined because ACRL has maintained its commitment to academic librarianship. It remains service-oriented and people-focused. I like the publications, too.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? Its ability to remain relevant in these ever changing times by a very simple concept — we connect people with ideas. In academia, the students are what it is really all about and the Library, regardless of trends, is one of the few areas on a campus that never seems to forget that. I have been truly fortunate to be able to work with some great faculty, staff, administrators, and students over my career. Also, I still enjoy the work because what we do makes a difference.

6. In your own words: A strong service focus + good, creative, and dedicated people + a good strategic plan = a great library experience for our users. Also, the opportunity to grow professionally and to network with like-minded people is awesome. As a profession, we all face similar challenges and changes and it is important to remember that we are all in this together. The contacts we make and the relationships we build and maintain are what will define us in the end.

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.