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.
Susan Barnes Whyte is Library and Media Services Director of the Linfield College Linfield Libraries in McMinnville, Oregon. Susan has been an ACRL member since 1990 and is a 2013 candidate for the ACRL Board of Directors as Director-at-Large.
1. Describe yourself in three words: Compassionate, Visionary, Pragmatic.
2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your mobile device)? Reading: Generation on a Tightrope by Arthur Levine and Diane Dean as well as yet another Scandinavian noir mystery. Listening to: Ella Fitzgerald Sings Cole Porter.
3. Describe ACRL in three words: Leading, Mentoring, Networking.
4. Why do you value most about ACRL? ACRL provides us with a view of our profession as a whole, with collaborative learning opportunities, and with constant reminders that what we do as academic librarians matters.
5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? As library and media services director at Linfield College, I provide leadership, vision, and perspective. With my excellent colleagues at Linfield College Libraries, we strive to deliver meaningful services and resources for the students, faculty, and staff. I work constantly with faculty and staff across the college to ensure that the library sustains the mission and vision of the college.
6. In your own words: I never cease to marvel at the constant changing terrain of our profession within higher education, which is itself in the midst of deep upheaval. The message we deliver to our faculty and students needs to reflect these challenges as well as the opportunities we have in libraries to impact student learning, faculty research, and the hope of higher education. I work in a liberal arts college because I believe profoundly in our future as embodied in our students.