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.
1. Describe yourself in three words: Connected, Dedicated, Energized.
2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your mobile device)? The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, for a book group in which I participate.
3. Describe ACRL in three words: Advocacy, Communication, Opportunity.
4. Why do you value about ACRL? The ACRL website is a valuable tool for accessing needed documents such as standards and guidelines, committee minutes, and information about conferences and other professional development opportunities. I’ve been very interested in all the discussion revolving around the Value of Academic Libraries report. Above all else, I value the relationships that I’ve made with others through my involvement in ACRL. Sharing ideas and obtaining feedback from others in the profession is invaluable.
5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? Learning Resources provides support for teaching and learning and represents collaboration between Library Services, MInDSpace (Media and Instructional Design), the Technology Learning Center, the Tutoring Center, and the Virtual Campus/Online Learning. I work closely with others in these areas, and I’m also involved in the Administrative Employees’ Committee, a college governance committee, and college-wide planning committees for various upcoming events. I’m also a supporter of many Foundation events, including a Friends of the Library Reception.
6. In your own words: I love that every day brings new opportunities to help contribute to a student’s academic success.