1. Describe yourself in three words: Creative, caring, gentleman.
2. What are you reading right now? Right now I’m reading Transcend: Nine Steps to Living Well Forever by Ray Kurzweil and Terry Grossman, because I’m fascinated by Future Studies. And I always listen to the Stuff You Should Know podcast, because I’m a trivia addict and the hosts are hilarious!
3. Describe ACRL in three words: Informative, adept, inquisitive.
4. Why did you join ACRL? When I was a brand new academic librarian, I joined because I figured it would look good on my C.V.! But after I started actually *doing* librarianship (researching, teaching, etc.), I realized that ACRL is a great resource for my further growth in the field.
5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? There are a lot of students who need help navigating the chaos of information that is out there–not just on the open Web, but also in our libraries. When I help a student who genuinely wants to learn, it makes me feel great. There’s no other field that I know of where people thank you even if you can’t find what they need!
6. In your own words: We’re here for the library’s users. Without them, our libraries are just warehouses of paper and computers. I think the best thing we can do for our field and ourselves is to remain user-centered. If we’re providing users with what they want *and* what they need, we will inevitably thrive.
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