Meet the Candidates: Kim Leeder

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.

Kim LeederKim Leeder is Director of Library Services at the College of Western Idaho in Boise/Nampa, Idaho. Kim is a 2014 candidate for the ACRL Board of Directors as Director-at-Large.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Forward-thinker, boundary-breaker, get-it-done-er.

2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your mobile device)?  Honestly? My Facebook feed (Kidding! Sort of). On my nightstand is The True History of the Kelly Gang, Man Booker Prize winner, because I like to slowly read complex, thought-provoking fiction. Really slowly. Like a turtle. But Bookers are nearly always amazing reads in the end.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: People! People! People!

4. Why do you value about ACRL? Meeting. Learning. Growing. Giving. The opportunity to contribute to the field, meet and learn from others, and expand my vision of what academic libraries are — and what they should be.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I help people make their lives better. As a community college librarian, I support students from all backgrounds as they take their first steps into higher education. I teach them about research, give them pep talks at the info desk, and congratulate them when they move on to a profession, four-year degree program, or other adventure. I love to watch them amaze themselves with their own accomplishments.

6. In your own words: I have the best job ever! I get to learn and teach and grow every day. Best of all, I love being part of a profession that is constantly in the process of discovering itself. We have the opportunity every day to reinvent our work: what could be cooler than that?