Catherine Soehner is Associate Dean of Research and User Services at the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library in Salt Lake City, UT. Catherine has been an ACRL member since 1995 and is your ACRL member of the week for February 1, 2016.
1. Describe yourself in three words: Collaborative, energetic, compassionate.
2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? For pleasure, I’m reading Yes, Please by Amy Poehler, a book I was given as a Christmas present from my step-daughter. As for professional reading, I have the book, Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well (Even When it is Off Base, Unfair, Poorly Delivered, and, Frankly, You’re Not in the Mood) by Douglas Stone & Sheila Heen. I just need to find time to read it.
3. Describe ACRL in three words: Useful, informative, opportunity.
4. What do you value about ACRL? I especially value the networking aspect of ACRL. The connections I’ve made through ACRL have lasted throughout my career. I also value the programing provided by ACRL both at the ALA conferences and the ACRL conferences held every other year. The focus on academic libraries is particularly useful to me.
5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? Building relationships at the University of Utah beyond the library is essential to getting anything done. These relationships lead to natural collaborations between University units and the library and they keep the library in the forefront of the minds of faculty, students, and staff.
6. In your own words: I feel very fortunate to have stumbled into this career. Over the past 27 years I’ve had the chance to teach hundreds of students and faculty about information literacy, develop programs and events that enrich their lives, and collaborate with fantastic colleagues across several campuses. I’ve watched technology change from 300 baud modems to the ubiquitous wireless. Change brings opportunities to address new challenges and reinvent library services.
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