Editor’s Note: In the lead-up to the 2016 ALA/ ACRL election, we’re profiling the 2016 ACRL Board of Directors candidates. We’ll feature one candidate in slate order each weekday from March 3 — 14. 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 15.
Jennifer Nutefall is University Librarian at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California, and a 2016 candidate for the ACRL Board of Directors as Director-at-Large.
1. Describe yourself in three words: Innovative, Engaged, Open-Minded.
2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your mobile device)? I recently finished To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis and am getting ready to start The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I also listen to a lot of podcasts including Serial, Planet Money, NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour, Extra Hot Great, Judge John Hodgman, Ask Me Another, and Hidden Brain.
3. Describe ACRL in three words: Connections, Growth, Advocate.
4. Why do you value about ACRL? I’ve been a member of ACRL since library school and have attended every ACRL conference since 2001. I highly value ACRL. For me, ACRL focuses attention on the issues that are most important to academic librarians. They are able to go in-depth on issues impacting us and provide research and reports to help guide our work. Their focus on value and assessment has had a tremendously positive impact on the work of academic libraries.
5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? As the University Librarian at Santa Clara University, I see the meaningful contributions the entire library staff makes to the university. We are fully engaged in the life of the university: academic partners in teaching, collaborators on events and programs that enrich the academic experience, and innovators in transforming our collections to enhance research opportunities. We are responsive to our community, modifying and creating new services and programs in direct response to feedback and assessment. While as the University Librarian I create the environment for activities to happen, it is only through collaboration that we can accomplish our goals.
6. In your own words: What initially drew me to academic librarianship was the satisfaction of being able to connect students with the information they needed. During my career I have been able to transition from helping students individually, to teaching students in a class, to impacting the entire first-year community through a partnership with the writing program, to changing the way an entire university interacts with our librarians and our physical space. It is extremely gratifying to see how vibrant our library is and to receive feedback from faculty on our engaged librarians.