Member of the Week: Erin McCaffrey

Erin McCaffreyErin McCaffrey is the Electronic Services Librarian at the Regis University Dayton Memorial Library in Denver, Colorado. Erin has been an ACRL member since 2001 and is your ACRL member of the week for August 11, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Inquisitive, resilient, multi-tasker.

2. What are you currently reading?  Personal reading: The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud; Wildwood by Colin Meloy; and often books about superheroes or princesses with my young daughter. Professional reading: Managing in the Middle: The Librarian’s Handbook, edited by Robert Farrell and Kenneth Schlesinger.

3. Describe ACRL in three words:  Collaboration, advocacy, connection.

4. What do you value about ACRL? Professional development, networking, and connections. ACRL conferences provide a wonderful opportunity to get inspired. I really value ACRL’s work to keep its members on top of trends and issues and their advocacy for academic librarians. I have utilized many of the guidelines and standards produced by ACRL, most recently working with the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education as I serve on my library’s Assessment Task Force.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? I’m committed to providing a high level of service in the work that I do whether that is in helping our students or supporting my colleagues and I value the opportunities for collaboration on my campus. A lot of my work is behind the scenes and I feel like I am a bit of a “Jill of all trades.” I love the many facets of my current position and appreciate the variety of web support, system support, reference, instruction, and collection management in my work.

6. In your own words:  I’m still shocked when someone assumes that being a librarian means my job is to read books. How is that even possible in 2014? Academic librarians are very adept at navigating change and we have to continue to demonstrate the value of and advocate for our libraries. I love the spirit of collaboration in our professional development and scholarly work and feel fortunate to have worked with so many interesting, engaged, and dedicated librarians.


Editor’s Note: Are you an ACRL member? Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Nominate a colleague? Contact Mary Jane Petrowski at mpetrowski@ala.org for more information.