Member of the Week: Peter Macauley

Peter MacauleyPeter Macauley is Senior Lecturer in the School of Business IT and Logistics at RMIT University in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Peter has been an ACRL member since 2010 and is your ACRL member of the week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Motivated, thorough [but] impatient.

2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your iPod)? I am currently reading Ken Bain’s What the Best College Teachers Do as we can always improve our teaching , plus Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities by Martha Nussbaum, and The Great Brain Race: How Global Universities are Reshaping the World by Ben Wildavsky. The last two books tell totally different stories. On my iPod/iPad I am listening to The Rolling Stones, Lily Allen, and INXS (a great Aussie band).

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Enhances theory [and] practice.

4. Why did you join ACRL? As an Australian academic, I like to stay in contact with what is happening in the ‘real world’. I am a member of the Australian Library and Information Association but in today’s global environment being part of an organisation from another country provides another perspective.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I worked in libraries for thirty years, including twenty years in an academic library prior to moving into academia four years ago. I loved working in a university environment as you are constantly helping people learn and, in doing so, you are continually learning too. Now, being an academic, the teaching comes to the fore and I can also focus on research which is something I am passionate about.

6. In your own words: Life as an academic is wonderful. My research focuses on doctoral education, knowledge production and scholarly communication. My main focus is on PhDs. One of my doctoral graduates is Rosemary Green from Shenandoah University in Virginia. She undertook her PhD–on PhDs–via distance education from Deakin University in Australia, where I worked prior to moving to RMIT University. Rosemary’s candidature is an example of how flexible ‘flexible’ learning can be.

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