Circle of Friends: Kate S. Moriarty

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Kate S. MoriartyKate S. Moriarty is Rare Book Catalog Librarian and associate professor at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. She has been a Friend of ACRL since 2009.

1. Describe yourself in three words:  Detail-oriented. Loyal. Dedicated.

2. Why do you support the ACRL 75th Anniversary scholarship campaign? My home in ACRL has always been the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS). I’ve been completely taken with it since my first RBMS preconference in 2004, which was so enriching and informative of the Section’s workings that I promptly attended every RBMS meeting I could at that year’s ALA Annual Meeting–they haven’t been able to get rid of me since. ACRL provides tremendous support to RBMS and its programming and outreach efforts, including a mechanism for donating to the division’s RBMS Scholarships Fund. What a gift to expose more people to RBMS preconferences, and what an even greater benefit to RBMS to have this influx of new, knowledgeable, and innovative rare materials individuals.

3. What might someone be surprised to know about you?  I’ve been involved in social justice work for the last 25 years and have participated in civil disobedience actions on homelessness, militarism, and environmental issues in Washington, D.C., Georgia, and Hawai’i.

4. Since you’ve become a member of ACRL, tell us about someone who influenced you in some way? Deborah J. Leslie, of the Folger Shakespeare Library, has been a tremendous influence on me. She was my conference buddy at my first RBMS preconference where she introduced me to other rare materials professionals, exposed me to the workings of RBMS, and provided me with valuable career advice. She taught me what I know about rare book cataloging (the errors are all mine) through her Rare Book Cataloging course at Rare Book School and her Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Books) workshop. I’ve worked with her when she was chair of the RBMS Bibliographic Standards Committee and during her tenure as chair of RBMS. She continues to advise rare materials cataloging endeavors I’m involved with and I frankly don’t see a time when I won’t be seeking her counsel on cataloging issues.

5. What do you hope ACRL will achieve in the next 75 years? I would like to see a continued increase in ACRL’s diversity and additional programs for developing leaders to serve in the division and its sections.

6. In your opinion, what is the most important work that ACRL does? It’s hard to pick one thing. For me, personally, it’s been ACRL’s absolutely crucial service of supplying the avenue, structure, organization, and support to its sections and members to come together at a national level and conduct our work.