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.
Ann Campion Riley is Associate Director for Access, Collections, and Technical Services at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. Ann is a 2014 candidate for the ACRL Board of Directors as Vice-President/ President-Elect.
1. Describe yourself in three words: Energetic, cheerful, thorough.
2. What are you watching to on your mobile device? The Book Thief, from Netflix, on my iPad.
3. Describe ACRL in three words: Current, broad-based, influential.
4. Why do you value about ACRL? I value the networking, the continuing education and the focus on issues that matter to libraries and librarian. ACRL is valuable to academic librarians at all stages of their careers.
5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? Academic librarians contribute broad perspectives on information literacy and scholarly publications to campus learning and teaching and other institutional work. We also contribute views to planning and strategy discussions, and contribute to researcher and student retention and success.
6. In your own words: Life as an academic/research librarian is most challenging when new technologies and new demands collide. Demonstrating our value has become essential as we are being asked to do more instruction, handle research data and provide more services digitally. It’s both exciting and frustrating, often on the same day! We are always doing advocacy for our role, in every setting.