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.
Emily Daly is Head of the Assessment and User Experience Department/ Librarian for Education at the Duke University Libraries in Durham, North Carolina, and a 2016 candidate for the ACRL Board of Directors as Director-at-Large.
1. Describe yourself in three words: Consensus builder, communicator, hardworking.
2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your mobile device)? Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande and Ordinary Love & Good Will by Jane Smiley.
3. Describe ACRL in three words: Opportunity, engaged, professional.
4. Why do you value about ACRL? I value the opportunities I have had to expand beyond Duke and the immediate geographic area to work with and learn from colleagues in libraries across the country. Even before I had a formal leadership role in my organization, I was able to serve in a leadership capacity through ACRL committee work, and those experiences contributed significantly to my effectiveness in my institution. Beyond what ACRL has done for me personally, I value the advocacy work the organization does to move our profession forward. ACRL helps me stay informed and engaged in issues related to higher education and information access, broadly defined.
5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I am an advocate for our users. I work to build relationships with researchers at all levels so my colleagues and I can more fully understand how the library and the services we provide fit into their research, teaching, and learning. I help provide opportunities for library staff to take into account our users’ needs as they make decisions about web interfaces, services, or spaces that students and faculty rely on to be productive members of the campus community.
6. In your own words: At least once a week or so, I catch myself thinking, “I love what I do.” I am part of a forward-thinking profession that has changed dramatically in the time I have been part of it and shows no signs of slowing its evolution. In my position, I am constantly working on a new project, tackling a new problem, or interfacing with a student whose story I haven’t yet heard. I find that extremely energizing and rewarding.