Meet the Candidates: Rickey D. Best

Editor’s Note: In the lead-up to the 2014 ALA/ ACRL election, we’re profiling the 2014 ACRL Board of Directors candidates. We’ll feature one candidate each weekday from March 11 – 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.

Rickey D. BestRickey D. Best is Collection Development Librarian at the Auburn University at Montgomery Library in Montgomery, Alabama. Rickey is a 2014 candidate for the ACRL Board of Directors as Vice-President/ President-Elect.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Curious, consistent, humorous.

2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your mobile device)? Steve Berry’s The King’s Deception and Robert Edsel’s The Monuments Men.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Invigorating, supportive, inviting.

4. Why do you value about ACRL? The opportunity to work with so many talented and intelligent colleagues, and the chance to learn from them.  Additionally, the educational opportunities provided by ACRL.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? An understanding of assessment and accreditation standards, and an ability to interact with our faculty in providing for the revision of our core curriculum.

6. In your own words: Being an academic librarian is fantastic. Nowhere else can you get the type of mental exercise and requirements for flexibility than sitting at the reference desk. In the space of ten minutes, I helped students research questions on Ben Jonson, evolution, cardiovascular fitness, and causes of juvenile violence. There is no more rewarding experience than helping students to learn. Working with our faculty to support their research is a great benefit. The mental exercise generated in being a librarian is a much better exercise routine than making leaps of logic and jumping to conclusions. I heartily recommend librarianship to all who like to think.