Editor’s Note: In the lead-up to the 2017 ALA/ ACRL election, we’re profiling the 2017 ACRL Board of Directors candidates. We’ll feature one candidate in slate order each weekday from March 3 — 10. 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 13.
Annemarie Roscello is a professor and information literacy program facilitator at Bergen Community College in Paramus, New Jersey, and a 2017 candidate for the ACRL Board of Directors as Director-at-Large.
1. Describe yourself in three words: Initiator, insightful, perceptive.
2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your mobile device)? I am currently reading three books:
a. The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization by Peter M. Senge
b. Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations by Thomas L. Friedman
c. By One Vote: The Disputed Presidential Election of 1876 by Michael F. Holt
3. Describe ACRL in three words: Synergetic, advocating, educational.
4. Why do you value about ACRL? I value that ACRL aspires to provide a collegial, coordinated and collaborative learning atmosphere of the highest quality to advance our profession. Accomplishing these aspirations depends on the time, effort and expertise of ACRL’s members who value the integral role of libraries and librarians within institutions of higher education and society. I value most the power ACRL gives to its members to become leaders who shape the future of our profession.
5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? In the role of information literacy facilitator, I contribute to the intellectual development of each student our instruction program touches. Through collaboration and assessment, the program is continually evolving to improve outcomes. With each role and project, I endeavor to inform and guide college colleagues about the outstanding services, resources, and facilities the library provides. My library colleagues deliver exceptional services, in-depth knowledge, and expertise, which allows me to confidently promote the library to the college’s students, faculty, and administrators. By teaching College Success, I have a better understanding of faculty concerns and can help provide solutions.
During my tenure at BCC, I have served in numerous roles which include six years as chair of faculty development, serving on the steering committee for BCC’s accreditation study and leading current OER projects. With each role, I declare the value of the library to student success.
6. In your own words: Every day is a fulfilling adventure. Deciding to go to library school was an important decision but becoming a community college librarian was transformative. I work each day in the heart of the college; the place where tentative students become confident and successful. There are new challenges every day as the profession evolves but what does not change is the connection with students and working to guide them as they increase their knowledge through inquiry.