Member of the Week: Kathleen Hanselmann

Kathleen HanselmannKathleen Hanselmann is Chief Librarian at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California. Kathleen has been an ACRL member since 2011 and is your ACRL member of the week for November 11, 2013.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Relentlessly optimistic librarian.

2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your mobile device)? Just finished Combined Destinies: Whites Sharing Grief About Racism.

3. Describe ACRL in three words:  Valuable professional resource.

4. What do you value about ACRL? Programs tailored to universities, opportunities to meet with colleagues and reliable information about other research libraries.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to the profession?  The furlough taught us that we ARE valued by our publics. Our first day back at work, we got many calls asking is the Library open now? The services we provide are crucial to our students and faculty both materials in different languages and our computer lab.

6. In your own words: It is so satisfying to help students find the book that will unlock the language for them, or that one resource that helps them with their paper. I also enjoy helping faculty find the material they need to help them finish their PhD research. Customer service has always been my main focus so satisfied customers are my goal and pride.

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 for more information.