Member of the Week: Lori Goetsch

Lori GoetschLori Goetsch is Dean of Libraries at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. Lori has been an ACRL member since 1985, is the 2008-2009 ACRL Vice-President/ President-Elect, and is your ACRL Member of the Week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Fun-loving, self-motivated, intuitive.

2. What are listening to on your iPod? I’m a Sweet Adeline so I have a lot of a women’s barbershop quartet and chorus music on my iPod as well as other vocal groups. I also listen to a lot of my all time favorites–The Pretenders, Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, and Prefab Sprout, to name a few.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Leadership, education, advocacy.

4. Why did you join ACRL? I joined ACRL about 20+ years ago for the professional development opportunities it offered; specifically, I had gotten engaged with the Women’s Studies Discussion Group in its early days, and I wanted to find ways to get involved and serve that group as it shaped its future. I’ve stayed a member for much the same reason. There are always new ways to get involved and stay active in the association because it strives to be responsive to member needs.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I value the opportunity to engage with students and their education, both inside the classroom and out. I love to see the different ways they interact with our staff and services, and the challenges they present us with as we strive to remain relevant in their intellectual and cultural lives on campus.

6. In your own words: I have made great lifelong friends and have had some great times as an ACRL member. The ACRL conference every other year is one of my favorite personal and professional activities–it’s one of the few conferences where I can actually attend programs, and the programming is outstanding!! I’ve also been mentored by a number of wonderful, creative, and caring leaders in the association. They have given me opportunities and help me build my skills and confidence. Their example has been encouraging and motivating to me as I have advanced in my own career.


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.

Member of the Week: Erika Linke

Erika LinkeErika Linke is Associate Dean of the University Libraries at Carnegie Mellon University. Erika has been an ACRL member since 1985, is the incoming ACRL President for 2008-2009, and is your ACRL Member of the Week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Curious, analytical, thoughtful.

2. What book are you currently reading? Is there a word to describe reading multiple books? Customarily I have my fingers in four to eight books at a time. Right now I am reading Left to Tell by Immaculée Ilibagiza, Transnational Lives by Anne-Meike Fechter, Scholarship in the Digital Age by Christine Borgmann, Women Don’t Ask by Linda Babcock, Indian Summer by Alex Von Tunzelmann, and The Nazi Ancestral Proof by Eric Ehrenreich.
3. Describe ACRL in three words:
Collaborative, focused, inspiring.
4. Why did you join ACRL?
Two of my mentors were involved in ACRL and their example encouraged me to join.
5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship?
What I value about academic librarianship is stickiness — its glue — librarianship connects people (faculty, students, researchers), content and purpose (teaching, learning and research).Academic and research librarians are passionate. We’re fortunate to work in environments that care about learning, about teaching and about research. What I also value is the way academic librarianship has morphed. There are today many more ways that academic and research librarians contribute expertise and knowledge to their libraries, to their institutions of higher education and to professional organizations — read ACRL.

6. In your own words: As a young librarian I was fortunate to be mentored by some outstanding librarians who influenced and shaped me (or at least tried to), and by others who were willing to take a risk on me. What I prize about my life as an academic librarian is that there is always something new — people, ideas, technology, something new to shake out complacency, something that challenges the status quo or conventional thinking. Librarians don’t work in isolation; we learn from one another, from collaboration.


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 Publications Agreements FAQ

If I publish an article in C&RL News, do I retain copyright? Can I place a copy of my ACRL book chapter in my institutional repository? What are the C&RL preprints I’ve heard about?

Learn the answers to all of your questions about publishing with ACRL in the new ACRL Publications Agreements FAQ. The FAQ provides information on ACRL author agreements for serial publications, book chapter, book editors, and podcasts.

Have questions not addressed in the FAQ? Let us know and we will get you answers. The world of scholarly publishing can be daunting. We want to make you life as an author a little easier.

Note: ACRL Publications is an independent entity and is not affiliated with ALA Publications. The information in the FAQ refers to ACRL Publications only.

ACRL On Facebook

Are you a college or research librarian? Do you Facebook? If you answered yes to these questions, then become a fan of ACRL!

The official ACRL Facebook page is now available. Several ACRL sections, chapters, and groups have a Facebook presence as well, including:

ACRL-ASIG (New England Chapter)

ACRL in Second Life
Instruction Section
Law and Political Science Section
Western New York/ Ontario ACRL Chapter
Women’s Studies Section

If you are involved in additional ACRL sections, chapters, groups, or other entities that have a Facebook presence, leave a comment and we’ll add them to the list on the ACRL page.

Member of the Week: Ronald Rodriguez

Ronald RodriguezRonald Rodriguez is Access Services Unit Head at California State University – Fullerton. Ronald has been an ACRL member since 1990 and is your ACRL Member of the Week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Thoughtful, organized, Gemini.

2. What book are you currently reading? Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Leadership, networks, collaborative.

4. Why did you join ACRL? I joined ACRL to stay current and engaged with trends, essential news, and newsmakers regarding academic and research libraries.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I value the role of academic libraries in fostering student success and how more can be done to assess that effect. I value the thousands of positive interactions between librarians and library staff with students and faculty each day.

6. In your own words: Random thoughts – The only constant in our profession is change. To be a success in our profession one must learn how to positively accept or at least tolerate ambiguity. The relationship between IT and Library has moved from distant cousins, to brother and sister and now a married couple. Younger librarians do not automatically join traditional professional organizations like ALA or even ACRL (like we did after graduation from library school); they are consumers and the value needs to be proven or shown first. An enthusiastic thank you from serving someone at the reference desk can improve the day greatly. Libraries need to keep re-inventing themselves every so often to project vitality, currency and relevance.


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.

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