Meet the Candidates: Ann M. Watson

Editor’s Note: The ACRL Member of the Week feature is taking a brief hiatus so we can profile the 2013 ACRL Board of Directors candidates. We’ll feature one candidate each weekday from March 7 – 18. 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 19. Member of the Week will return on March 25.

Anne WatsonAnn M. Watson is Dean of the Library at the Shepherd University Scarborough Library in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Ann has been an ACRL member since 2000 and is a 2013 candidate for the ACRL Board of Directors as Director-at-Large.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Energetic, Inquiring, Passionate.

2. What are you reading right now?  I am reading Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis and Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience by Sharon Salzberg.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Connection, Opportunity, Engaging.

4. Why do you value most about ACRL? ACRL’s volunteer opportunities have allowed me to grow professionally and personally throughout my career. Through committee work I have gained knowledge and confidence in my professional abilities. My involvement in ACRL has also provided personal satisfaction in knowing that I am contributing to the future betterment of academic libraries. I value greatly the ACRL standards, educational resources, networking opportunities, and intellectual stimulation that I derive from being an ACRL member. The friendships I have made in ACRL over the years are truly an extra value.  My ACRL involvement has afforded me the privilege to meet librarians all around the country and given me a deep knowing that I can always look to these kindred spirits for advice, support, and assistance and maybe even a laugh.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? My contribution as Dean of the Library at Shepherd University is to be an advocate for the library insuring the library meets the research needs and services that benefit faculty and students now and in the future. I am a “library value” spokesperson whenever an opportunity arises!  I serve as an advocate for the library staff and work to create a positive work environment where the library staff shines.  The entire library makes an important contribution to the campus through our involvement, collaboration, creativity, and dedication in campus planning, activities, responsiveness, and going above and beyond to assist our campus users. My biggest contribution is modeling an attitude and behavior that reinforces this atmosphere of cooperation, satisfaction, and job fulfillment.

6. In your own words:

Top 10 things about Life as an Academic Librarian:

10. Being amazed at how smart and accomplished students are!
9.   Being continually impressed by the intellectual depth of faculty members.
8.   Having each work day provide different experiences than the previous day.
7.   Being inspired by working with such dedicated and fun library staff.
6.   The wonderful feeling of being part of an academic campus community.
5.   Excitement from seeing many newly minted librarians entering the profession.
4.   Being in awe of how much the new librarians are contributing to the advancement of the profession.
3.   Pride I feel when a former student employee decides to become a librarian.
2.   Feeling of contributing to the betterment of society as a whole.
1.  Opportunity to learn something new every single day.