Patricia A. Kreitz is Dean of Library and Academic Resources at Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga, California. Patricia first joined ACRL in 1986 and is your ACRL member of the week for April 18, 2016.
1. Describe yourself in three words: Collaborative, good listener, easily intrigued.
2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)?
Professionally, I am re-reading Heifetz’ Leadership Without Easy Answers (which I only skimmed the first time!). Personally, I love reading cookbooks and my current one is Metcalfe and Hays’ Being Dead is No Excuse: The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral.
3. Describe ACRL in three words: Professional support, advocacy, strategic initiatives.
4. What do you value about ACRL? I have been active in ACRL since my first year as an academic librarian. The opportunities it has given me to develop professionally, to learn from and with colleagues, and to make an impact both locally and nationally have been invaluable. I would not be the leader I am today without the opportunities ACRL provided. Currently, ACRL enables me to support and coach other librarians through mentoring programs. Finally, through ACRL I have developed friendships I deeply cherish.
5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? An important part of what I do as the library dean is to provide vision and leadership on both a library and a campus level. I also communicate to “outsiders” the library’s activities and successes and, in particular, how we in the library collaborate with and support students, faculty, and administrators. My job is to make sure the entire campus understands the library’s central role in supporting the college’s strategic plan and goals as well as the value we bring to teaching, learning, and research.
6. In your own words: When I tell people why I like my profession, I usually say it’s never boring. Academic librarians get to do so many different things—often in the same day—that there’s always some new idea, challenge, problem or puzzle to work on. It’s the greatest job in the world for someone who loves both learning and research and providing service. You have the joy of making a difference in an individual’s academic success.
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