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.
Rodney Lippard is Director of the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Learning Resource Centers Information Commons in Salisbury, North Carolina. Rodney is a 2014 candidate for the ACRL Board of Directors as Director-at-Large.
1. Describe yourself in three words: Curious, Mindful, Progressive.
2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your mobile device)? Handbook for Community College Librarians by Michael A. Crumpton and Nora J. Bird and Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
3. Describe ACRL in three words: Knowledge, Collaboration, Support.
4. Why do you value about ACRL? The communication and collaboration with others involved in academic libraries who are facing the same challenges and experiencing the same opportunities as myself. The programming that is offered and the professional support.
5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? The ability to communicate the value of the library to administrators. The opportunity to have an impact on the academic life of students and to help create a society of lifelong learners. As a director I have the privilege of working with my staff to establish a vision for the library and then see that vision through so that it benefits all members of my campus and community.
6. In your own words: The life of an academic librarian is filled with wonder and excitement along with challenges and opportunities. The academic librarian is forever learning; whether it is working with a faculty member and learning of his or her research interest or program of study so that you can help them with research or classes or learning a new database or application or more and more learning about new technologies and imagining how those technologies can help the library accomplish its mission. There are challenges to the life of an academic librarian as well. In lean times budget issues mean finding new or different ways to continue to offer excellent service to the community; while flush times don’t mean that one can rest on one’s laurels, but still require one to be good stewards and make certain that the library continues to operate efficiently always with the best interest of our students, faculty, staff and community in mind. One thing is for certain: the life of the academic librarian is never boring!