Category Archives: Member of the Week

Member of the Week: John Glover

John GloverJohn Glover is Humanities Research Librarian at the Virginia Commonwealth University James Branch Cabell Library in Richmond, Virginia. John has been an ACRL member since 2006 and is your ACRL member of the week for November 24, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Creative, inquisitive, patient.

2. What are you currently reading (or listening to on your mobile device)?Too many things, as always. Ana Kai Tangata, by Scott Nicolay. Far From Streets, by Michael Griffin. The Luminol Reels, by Laura Ellen Joyce. Seam, by Tarfia Faizullah. Social Network Analysis, by John Scott. New Critical Essays on H.P. Lovecraft, edited by David Simmons. Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Supportive, connected, metamorphic.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I value the way that ACRL provides a guiding light for the ecosystem that supports college and research libraries. Donors, technologists, librarians, staff members, administrators, library school students, trustees, vendors, programmers, managers, patrons, and other library supporters: I’ve met and learned from all of these people in ACRL-sponsored venues, whether conferences, webinars, or publications.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? I run a one-of-a-kind matchmaking service for patrons in the humanities, connecting my people with whatever they need, be it a book, person, database, program, website, or otherwise. Having done that, I help them to understand the ever-multiplying, ever-expanding systems that contain these things, up until the point where they have enough knowledge to navigate the chaos on their own.

6. In your own words: When I come to a fork in the road, I usually take it! Academic libraries are wonderful—endlessly diverting—and they contain something of the entire world. As such, when I encounter anything odd, whether it’s a foreign idea, mystifying item record, or student asking for something libraries don’t carry (chocolate parrots! Lamborghini can openers!), I start digging. And I dig. And I keep on digging, partly because it’s fun, but partly because it may mean an opportunity to change or improve things for our patrons. People will usually tell you that chocolate parrots don’t belong in the library (and they may be right), but the search and discussion will inevitably prove useful.


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.

Member of the Week: Claudia C. Peterson

Claudia C. PetersonClaudia C. Peterson is Reference and Instruction Librarian at Penn State Fayette in Lemont Furnace, Pennsylvania. Claudia has been an ACRL member since 2013 and is your ACRL member of the week for November 17, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Flexible, collaborative and curious.

2. What are you currently reading (or listening to on your mobile device)?Amor en los Tiempos del Cholera by Gabriel Garci­a Marquez.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Innovative, forward-thinking, dynamic.

4. What do you value about ACRL? It’s devotion to academic libraries through the research direction it takes.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? As a reference and instruction librarian at a small campus, I am a daily part in the lives of students. I especially contribute to their learning and discovery by making the library and its resources available at every step of their education.

6. In your own words: I feel that my career as an academic librarian has introduced me to valuable and very rewarding experiences in the classroom and outside the classroom.


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.

Member of the Week: Tanner Wray

Tanner WrayTanner Wray is Director of College Libraries and Information Services at the Montgomery College Libraries in Rockville, Maryland. Tanner has been an ACRL member since 2004 and is your ACRL member of the week for November 10, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Dedicated, fair, partner.

2. What are you currently reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? Joshua S. Wyner’s What Excellent Community Colleges Do: Preparing All Students For Success.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Value, network, forum.

4. What do you value about ACRL? The fantastic opportunities to network and collaborate on important academic libraries issues. The opportunity to serve the profession through activities like planning the ACRL 2015 conference.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? As Director of College Libraries and Information Services I serve a dual role. As the Libraries Director, I provide direction and leadership for the four College Libraries and central functions including Technical Services. I direct the development and implementation of long range and strategic planning. A significant focus for me is to create processes for staff to develop skills and to contribute in creating our 21st century libraries. A significant opportunity for the libraries staff at Montgomery College is participation in understanding community college students via ethnographic and participatory design research methods.

As a College Administrator, I contribute to the development of college programs and services. In the past year I chaired one of the work groups that made recommendations for restructuring Academic Affairs. I have also been working with faculty colleagues to increase student internship opportunities with a partner institution, and create a new faculty fellows program that will include librarian fellows.

6. In your own words: These are exciting times to be an academic librarian. We have excellent opportunities to demonstrate our relevance by supporting college affordability initiatives, and demonstrating the value we bring by linking closely to our institution’s priorities to close the achievement gap, improve completion rates, and empower our students to change their lives. These are particularly vital roles at community colleges.


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.

Member of the Week: Wendy Hardenberg

Wendy HardenbergWendy Hardenberg is Instruction Coordinator/Reference Librarian at the Southern Connecticut State University Hilton C. Buley Library in New Haven, CT. Wendy has been an ACRL member since 2008 and is your ACRL member of the week for November 3, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Curious, compassionate, quirky.

2. What are you currently reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? Always several things! I’m currently slogging through an interview in Hindi with Geet Chaturvedi (whom I would one day like to translate into English in my side career as a literary translator) called Sammukh. I’m also halfway through a preprint I randomly got in the mail called Saving the Hooker by Michael Adelberg (being a librarian can be odd sometimes!). Then I’m listening to Bel Canto by Ann Patchett during my morning commute and Robert Jordan’s Crossroads of Twilight with my husband when we’re in the car together.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Useful, proactive, diverse.

4. What do you value about ACRL? Honestly, getting my professional reading mailed to my house so I can’t forget about it! Plus the interesting initiatives, like Assessment in Action, which I got to participate in the first cohort for.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? I’m the library Instruction Coordinator and First-Year Experience librarian, so I’ve been trying to create a programmatic way for students to engage with information literacy through their classes. I also show up everywhere talking about information literacy and the library, so everyone knows me now and is thinking about those things more.

6. In your own words: I just love our students and trying to teach them about the world of research and information. I hope they can sense that and get excited because of it!


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.

Member of the Week: Andy Rutkowski

Andy RutkowskiAndy Rutkowski is Interdisciplinary GIS Library Fellow at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Andy has been an ACRL member since 2013 and is your ACRL member of the week for October 27, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Seek. Listen. Share.

2. What are you currently reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I have been slowly going through Richard Pryor’s entire catalog of stand-up comedy. Eamon Tewell’s observations in “What Stand-Up Comedians Teach Us about Library Instruction” have been really interesting in this context. Comedy can provide a creative breakthrough that connects us with a student or a class and, oftentimes, it has the power to put a mirror up to complex social problems with only a turn of a phrase.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Engaged library community

4. What do you value about ACRL? That it provides a collaborative framework for librarians to exchange and develop new ideas.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? I want to encourage and promote spatial thinking and methods across academic disciplines regardless of skill level or background. How can a map change your understanding of a problem? How can the process of making a map or visualizing a problem spatially help researchers discover new questions or perspectives? Through these interactions with students and faculty I not only want to connect them to the resources that they need, but also create that moment of – “wow, I just learned something and now I want to go out and teach it to someone else.”

6. In your own words: Serendipity has been a buzzword within libraries for years. My journey almost reads like Walpole’s words to Mann, “were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of.” My first boss and mentor back at New York University, Patricia Warrington, was one of my “sages.” At the time I was content to just work in course reserves, but her encouragement then (and over the years) opened up my eyes to other possibilities within academic librarianship and helped to put me on the path that I am on today.


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.

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