1. Describe yourself in three words: Original, passionate, mindful, dedicated.
Music: I stream a ton of college/indie stations from around the country/world (some favorites: KALX, WERS, WZBC, WMBR, KEXP, Radio Campus Bruxelles, Resonance London FM). As far as the iPod, let’s see: New Order, M.I.A., Lily Allen, Jurassic 5, Joy Division, Gillian Welch, The Smiths, The Clash, Lucinda Williams, Tribe Called Quest, Pixies, Echo & the Bunnymen, Sleater-Kinney, Kirsty MacColl, Johnny Cash, Pet Shop Boys, Vampire Weekend, Erykah Badu, Yelle, Architecture in Helsinki, Nina Simone, Liz Phair.
3. Describe ACRL in three words: Replenishes, reaffirms, reinvigorates.
4. Why did you join ACRL? To keep my finger on one of the main pulse points of academic librarianship.
5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? The wonderful students and faculty members I get to work with, and the excellent resources we can bring to bear in support of their achievements. I also value the transformative effect that higher education can have on the lives of all students, particularly those who are first-generation college attendees.
6. In your own words: Steeped in tradition, yet reflective, dynamic, and ever-changing. I was introduced to S.R. Ranganthan’s “Five Laws of Library Science” (first written in 1931), while in graduate school at Illinois, and, while I find them all to be compelling, I’m particularly drawn to the 4th (“Save the Time of the User”) and 5th (“The Library is a Growing Organism”) laws respectively, as well as how these can be interpreted and utilized within a modern academic library context.
Photograph by Steve Yeater.
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