Member of the Week: Beth Lindsay

Beth Lindsay
Beth Lindsay is Assistant Dean for Public Services and Outreach at Washington State University in Pullman, WA. Beth has been an ACRL member since 1998; was the first person to register for the 14th ACRL National Conference, to be held next year in Seattle; and is your ACRL member of the week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Pragmatic. Organized. Thoughtful.

2. What are you currently reading? Careless in Red by Elizabeth George.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Networking. Advocacy. Collaboration.

4. Why did you join ACRL? Even before I knew what I wanted to do in libraries, I knew I wanted to work in academic ones, so ACRL seemed a natural fit. I have benefited greatly over the years from the ACRL National Conference, as well as my involvement with regional chapters. (Shout out to ACRL New England and ACRL Washington!)

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I have always loved learning new things, so being part of a culture of inquiry, and working with a variety of students and faculty to connect them with the information they need, has always been a great place to be.

6. In your own words: I went to library school a couple of years before the Internet exploded and have spent my career watching technologies emerge and delivering information in ways I never would have imagined. I’ve been working increasingly in administration over the past few years, and although I don’t have as much day-to-day contact with students any more, I have come to realize that I have the opportunity to make even more of an impact by being able to focus on the “big picture” issues

Editor’s Note: Are you an ACRL member? Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Contact David Free at dfree{at}ala{dot}org for more information.

ACRL announces Midwinter workshops

ACRL is offering three professional development workshops in conjunction with the 2009 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver. Registration is now open for the January 23 workshops.

-Bring it on Home! Creating Custom Search Plug-ins for Your Library
(1:00 — 4:30 p.m,  Friday, January 23)
Discover how to create search plug-ins for web browsers and the social networking site Through use of real life examples and hands-on instruction, the workshop presenters will illustrate how to deliver currently existing online content and services in the form of a plug-in. Speakers: Paul Beatty, Distance Learning Librarian; and Erin McCaffrey, Digital Systems Librarian, Regis University.

-Do You Q? Looking at Your Users in a New Way! (1:00 — 4:30 p.m., Friday, January 23)
Do you need to know what your users are thinking? Of course! But, how? Using Q Method you can measure the qualitative, fuzzy opinions of users in a quantitative way. Making strategic plans, evaluating new services, developing staff training programs –  all of these can be helped with Q Method. Speaker: Mary Wilkins Jordan, Doctoral Student, University of North Carolina

-Nobody Told Me I’d Have to Teach! Strategies for the Accidental Librarian (9:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m., Friday, January 23)
Many people become librarians because of a love of research and reading or a strong commitment to public service – not because they love getting up in front of groups and teaching. Yet academic librarians are more and more frequently finding themselves thrust into the teaching spotlight by the increasing demand for library skills and information literacy programs. This sworkshop uses a little lecture mixed with a lot of discussion and meaningful activities to explore some pedagogical fundamentals that will help you become better in the classroom. Speakers: Michelle Drumm, Emerging Technology Trainer; and Laura Coons, Instructor, General Education, Johnson and Wales University.

Complete workshop details are available online.  The advance registration deadline is December 5, 2009.

ACRL Podcast: Peter Hernon on Assessment

In this podcast, ACRL 14th National Conference invited speaker and 2008 ACRL Academic/ Research Librarian of the Year Peter Hernon talks with Virtual Conference Committee Co-Chair Scott Walter about assessment in academic libraries. Registration for the conference is now open!


About the Music:
The music in ACRL Podcasts is “Don’t you,” mixed by stefsax and available on ccMixter. The music is used under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 license.

Member of the Week: Lia Friedman

Lia FriedmanLia Friedman is Head of Public Services, Instruction & Outreach Librarian at the University of California, San Diego in La Jolla, CA. Lia has been an ACRL member since 2006, and is your ACRL member of the week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Curious, fair, collaborative.

2. What are you currently listening to on your iPod? I worked as a music librarian at NBC before coming to an academic library and am currently in the process of trying to transfer my lps to digital files (if anyone has found the perfect tool, let me know!), but in the meantime I can’t stop listening to Ethiopiques Vol 4 and Laura Gibson–and at work when I really need to concentrate its Earthless and the first Sleep record.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Teaching, evolving, growing.

4. Why did you join ACRL? When I first came to academic libraries and ACRL just under three years ago I felt like I had stepped into Bizarro World. Everything seemed to be the opposite of corporate libraries, where I had worked before transitioning to academic librarianship — I knew that in order to understand the culture I needed to connect with others that lived in it. Joining ACRL seemed a perfect way to go about this, and it has given me the opportunity to collaborate with people I have come to admire greatly. As a new member of the ACRL Instruction Section Instructional Technologies Committee, I’m looking forward to the chance to become more involved.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? Academic librarianship gives me the opportunity to come into contact with students perhaps still forming their opinions about the world–which is an incredible opportunity to expose them to lifelong learning, and the importance of information and how we retrieve it. We get to write, do research, interact with stunningly smart students and colleagues and keep learning for a living, what could be better?

6. In your own words: So I feel a little silly starting out the section titled ‘”in your own words” by quoting someone else, but I can’t help myself. Barbara Kelly wrote a blog post last year that included this line: “How (does it feel) to be an outsider in an environment that assumes in its very design, that everyone grows up with positive experiences with educational and government institutions?” and it’s taped to my monitor. I think it is incredibly important to make sure that class, privilege and race are things we address and acknowledge as educators and librarians. I have my own assumptions that I’ve brought with me after getting my associate’s degree at a two-year college and then transferring to a small state school before getting my MSLIS– I try to be aware that my students have different experiences, backgrounds and stories to tell, and if I can do that, I believe it can only make me a better teacher and librarian. We have a responsibility to share our love of libraries, librarians and access to information with everyone, with an awareness of what a special responsibility that is.

Editor’s Note: Are you an ACRL member? Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Contact David Free at dfree{at}ala{dot}org for more information.

This Monday is the deadline for poster session proposals!

Proposals for ACRL 14th National Conference poster session proposals are due by Monday, October 20. Poster sessions are informal presentations which feature successful solutions to problems or unique and innovative projects with important lessons for the academic and research library community. These interactive sessions will be scheduled in a single time block and the poster session presentation should last about ten minutes, including time for questions from the audience. All presenters should be prepared to repeat their presentation several times during the scheduled time block.

The ACRL 14th National Conference, to be held in Seattle, March 12-15, 2009, will offer a forum for an exciting and energizing exchange of ideas on research, practices, developments, and visions in the field of academic and research librarianship. The conference theme, “Pushing the Edge: Explore, Engage, Extend,” reflects the promise and the challenge of the Northwest. We invite you to submit your edgiest, most “out-there” poster session proposal, to help make ACRL 2009 a truly groundbreaking conference.

Full text of the Call for Participation is available online. Check out the conference website for complete details. Questions should be directed to Margot Conahan at, or by phone at 312-280-2522.

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