Circle of Friends: John M. Budd

The ACRL Circle of Friends acknowledges the sustained generosity of those who have been Friends of ACRL for five or more years. The Friends of ACRL was created to provide a means for the association to take bold steps above and beyond its traditional member programs and services. Rapidly changing demographic, economic, and technological trends are presenting academic libraries and librarians with new challenges and competition that demand immediate solutions. The Friends of ACRL have responded to these new challenges and provided additional support that will enhance and ensure the relevance of our profession. To join or learn more about the Friends of ACRL, please visit the ACRL website.

John BuddJohn M. Budd has recently retired as professor in the School of Information and Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. John has been an ACRL member since 1984 and a Friend of ACRL since 1999.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Teacher, scholar, nerd.

2. Why do you support the Friends of ACRL? I whole-heartedly believe in academic llibraries and the need to support them and librarians.

3. What might someone be surprised to know about you?  I’m a trivia expert.

4. Since you’ve become a member of ACRL, tell us about someone who influenced you in some way? I’ve very recently retired from the University of Missouri, but I’m exploring ways to keep active in ALA. I owe a huge debt to many people, including Michael Gorman and Richard Dougherty for helping me think and act as a professional. The two biggest influences have been Edward Holley and Lester Asheim. I miss them, but they are still with me in important ways.

5. What do you hope ACRL will achieve in the near future (or the long term)? I hope ACRL can take a lead in resolving the long-standing scholarly communications dilemma. In particular, I’d like to see ACRL and its members work with academic administrators to design a reasoned and workable communication and rewards structure for higher education.

6. In your opinion, what is the most important work that ACRL does? Advocacy and the development of young professionals. These are equally important and ACRL, as an organization, is masterful at both.