Meet the Candidates: Jeanne R. Davidson

Editor’s Note: In the lead-up to the 2017 ALA/ ACRL election, we’re profiling the 2017 ACRL Board of Directors candidates. We’ll feature one candidate in slate order each weekday from March 3 — 10. Complete details on candidates for ACRL offices are available on the election website. Make sure to vote for the candidates of your choice starting March 13.

Jeanne DavidsonJeanne R. Davidson is the head of public services at South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota, and a 2017 candidate for the ACRL Board of Directors as Director-at-Large.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Collaborative, strategic, learner.

2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your mobile device)? How to Reduce Workplace Conflict and Stress: How Leaders and Their Employees Can Protect Their Sanity and Productivity From Tension and Turf Wars by Anna Maravelas.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Relevant, educational, network.

4. Why do you value about ACRL? Over the years, ACRL has provided me with numerous opportunities for professional growth and engagement. Through my participation in ACRL, I have developed a network of colleagues across the country who share similar goals, face similar challenges and are willing to engage in the work of addressing the issues facing our profession. ACRL comprises an incredible brain trust of individuals who share their time and talents in an effort to make our profession the best it can be. ACRL has always been, and continues to be, my professional “home” of choice.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? Academic libraries are central to the success of students and faculty, whether they realize it or not. At a time when “fake news” and “alternative facts” abound, as an academic librarian I participate in the campus-wide conversations focused on preparing our students as critical thinkers and curious life-long learners. Keeping abreast of the multitude of changes in the information and technology universe and bringing the best of these to our users is an ongoing challenge and a value-added service to our institutions.

6. In your own words: Academic/research libraries are people places focused on learning and the creation and preservation of knowledge. The work of the wide variety of people employed in our libraries allows us to enrich the scholarly conversation for our faculty and students, at whatever level they may be entering into it. We live and work in a dynamic and challenging environment filled with new technologies and ever-growing options for communication and information dissemination. I appreciate the opportunity (and responsibility) to explore this evolving information landscape with our faculty and students, enabling them to be successful learners, teachers, and researchers.