Member of the Week: Joan Ruelle
1. Describe yourself in three words: True-believer, hopeful.
3. Describe ACRL in three words: Professional, good people.
4. Why did you join ACRL? Initially, I felt it was a professional right-of-passage and responsibility to join ACRL, and over time I’ve come to deeply appreciate the community of colleagues as well as the professionalism and advocacy of the organization. These are my people, and it’s great to have access to this network of talented, committed professionals who are eager and willing to share their expertise and efforts in service of librarianship and our patrons.
5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? The opportunity to regularly engage in the teachable moments of connecting patrons with the information they need and the privilege of working in an academic environment that actively values intellectual curiosity and creativity.
6. In your own words: I love what I do. I get to work in an interesting and interested environment, and my colleagues both locally and nationally are smart, engaged professionals who are deeply committed to helping people learn and create by connecting them with information. My only regret is that my annual suggestion letters have not yet convinced the game show Jeopardy! to hold a librarian tournament of champions.
Editor’s Note: Are you an ACRL member? Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Nominate a colleague? Contact Mary Jane Petrowski at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.