Editor’s Note: This month we return to our occasional series profiling members of the ACRL staff, featuring new ACRL Content Strategist Erin Nevius. You can learn more about all the ACRL staff on the association website.
1. Describe yourself in three words. Pragmatic, adventurous, wordy.
2. What are you reading right now? I’ll do my best to stick to the highlights, I’m always in the middle of a lot of very different things! Right now I’m reading Parallel Stories, Péter Nádas’s novel about Hungary in the 20th century. I’ve been insatiably reading fiction that explores and contextualizes the 1900s ever since finishing Ken Follett’s excellent Century Trilogy last year.
In between, I subscribe to probably too many magazines—I’m currently reading the summer issue of Vanity Fair—and listen to podcasts, my two current favorites being “You Must Remember This” and “Mortified.” I’m not watching anything special at the moment, just gearing up for the new season of “Orange is the New Black.”
3. What was your background before coming to ACRL? I’ve been in publishing for more than fifteen years, acquiring and editing books and working with periodicals and online content for both commercial and not-for-profit publishers. Previously I was an executive editor and then the associate director of book publishing at the American Bar Association, and prior to that I was an editor with both F+W Media and Sourcebooks, Inc. I have a B.A. in English and Communications from Xavier University in Cincinnati.
4. What do you do in your role as ACRL Content Strategist? I identify and acquire compelling, timely, and practical content for academic and research librarians in a variety of formats, including but not limited to books, e-learning, podcasts, webinars, and blog posts. And if you have an idea for any of those things, I want to hear from you!
5. What’s your favorite thing about working at ACRL? Well, I’ve been here for just shy of three months, but I’m having a wonderful time so far—the ACRL staff and membership, to a person, is educated, clever, and so engaged in their work and librarianship. I feel very lucky to be part of such an interesting and passionate community.
6. In your own words: Dynamic and changing communities like academic and research libraries are always in need of educational, inspiring, thought-provoking content from their colleagues, in many different forms, and I’m thrilled to help facilitate that. I’m very much looking forward to continuing my immersion in the challenges and trends within the profession, and hope to work directly with very many of you!