Member of the Week: Jason Kucsma

Jason KucsmaJason Kucsma is Executive Director of the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) in New York City. Jason has been an ACRL member since 2011 and is your ACRL member of the week for January 28, 2013.

1. Describe yourself in three words:  Contemplative, forward-thinking, industrious.

2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your mobile device)? I try to have a well-balanced media diet. Most of my reading is work-related these days like NISO’s recent Information Standards Quarterly on Linked Open Data for Libraries, Archives, and Museums, American Libraries Magazine E-Content blog (and hundreds of others). For leisure, I’m mostly listening to podcasts like Intelligence Squared Debates, RadioLab, Freakonomics Radio, The Truth, and Never Not Funny.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Leadership, community, authoritative.

4. What do you value about ACRL? As the head of an incredibly diverse member organization (over 250 academic, public, school, medical, and special libraries in the metropolitan New York region), ACRL helps keep me up-to-date on key issues facing academic libraries. It’s nearly impossible for me to keep up with everything going on in school, public, special, and academic libraries, so I look to ACRL as a lifeline to the academic library community.

5. How does METRO, as an association, contribute to higher education community? Academic libraries make up more than one-third of our membership, and we pay close attention to the needs of our academic library community as we organize and host close to 100 professional development workshops and events for our members. We also provide grants for digitization projects, delivery service for interlibrary loan, and more innovative services on the horizon. After close to 50 years of service to the region’s libraries, we’re working toward being a hub for collaboration, communication, leadership, and innovation for the LAMs community as well as a provider of traditional library-centric services. 

6. In your own words: I’m fortunate to be able to work with a talented staff here at METRO to provide key services to our varied member communities. What I like most about this work is wrestling with the challenges facing each of our discrete member communities and identifying commonalities we can exploit toward widespread solutions that benefit the greater LAMs landscape.


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 mpetrowski@ala.org for more information.