Category Archives: Member of the Week

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.

Member of the Week: Sara Shutkin

Sara ShutkinSara Shutkin is Archivist/Records Manager/Reference Librarian at the Alverno College Library in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Sara has been an ACRL member since 1985 and is your ACRL member of the week for October 20, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Creative, Inquisitive, Team-player.

2. What are you currently reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? Now that my child is almost grown, I have the time once again to juggle many reading projects at once which I love to do. I am just finishing re-reading Dune after recently reading a number of the prequels-it’s even better the second time through. I just began reading Hollow Earth (a children’s fantasy novel written by an Alverno faculty member). In the commuter bag I sometimes carry with me to work is a copy of Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin. And finally from my professional to-do list, I am making my way through The Lone Arranger: Succeeding in a Small Repository.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Responsive, Innovative, Supportive.

4. What do you value about ACRL? Since I do not get to conferences very often due to budgetary and time constraints, I value ACRL’s web site and publications. It is from those that I interact with colleagues and can keep up with cutting edge developments. I also value ACRL for the continuing education it provides; I am an Information Literacy Immersion Program alumna and a participant in the first year cohort of ACRL’s Assessment in Action (AiA) project as leader of Alverno’s librarian-led team.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? Since ours is a small institution, librarians, like the rest of the staff and faculty here, often wear multiple hats and I am no exception. My job title is “archivist/records manager/reference librarian.’ I love the variety that is my work. I provide traditional services such as library research assistance, and information literacy instruction; I serve as library liaison to some academic departments, and do library collection evaluation and enhancement. I also provide college historical information, do records management consultations for departments college-wide and serve on college committees and advisory groups. Nothing makes me feel better than when a student thanks me for my assistance after she successfully completes an assignment.

6. In your own words: I have worked at Alverno College for 27 years and have been a library professional for more than 30. I love being part of a profession that includes some of the last of the world’s great generalists. I am encouraged to keep learning and I learn from everything I do. All the strands of knowledge that I gather can and are used somehow in my work. Helping others get to the information they need is my highest priority both in the library and in the archives.


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: Scott P. Muir

Scott P. MuirScott P. Muir is Associate Provost for Library information Services at the Rowan University Libraries in Glassboro, New Jersey. Scott has been an ACRL member since 2005 and is your ACRL member of the week for October 13, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Driven. Facilitative. Patient

2. What are you currently reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I scan a number of library blogs and feeds. One of my favorite resources to read is the Harvard Business Review blog, because it often deals with planning and human resources, which are major portion of my job. I also enjoy this resource because it is not written for libraries, but it is still applicable.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Leadership. Networking. Professional Development.

4. What do you value about ACRL? What is most vital to me is what I learn from conversations with colleagues and those opportunities for networking, in addition to programming. Much of what I take away from ACRL programs are the nuances of how a library or a colleague has approached a project or issue.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? Rowan University recently expanded and added two medical schools, becoming one of two universities in the U.S. with both an allopathic and an osteopathic medical school. As a senior university administrator, much of my time involves working across departments, with college deans, vice-presidents, and other administrators on programs and services that the libraries have to offer, and in areas where we can support other departments and support the research and teaching mission of the university. Internally, I have directed my efforts on the incorporation of two new libraries into existing systems and processes, and creating new ways for us to work together collaboratively. I also focus my organization on a 21st century vision for library facilities and services as Rowan University embraces plans for a greatly increased research mission and a doubling of the student body size over the next 10 years.

6. In your own words: I have been a librarian for 36 years and I am working in my seventh library. I have seen tremendous changes in how we deliver services. I started my career at a time before microcomputers and the Internet, where we were a paper-based environment. Paraphrasing a colleague, I have seen libraries move from an environment where time was plentiful and information was scarce, to the exact opposite, of an environment where time is scarce and information is plentiful, and that information is growing exponentially. All of these changes have created a situation in which many libraries and librarians are challenged to redefine their roles in this rapidly changing digital world. For those of us who love continuous change, this will be an exciting time in libraries as we identify and explore the many opportunities available.


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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