Member of the Week: Rosalind Tedford

Rosalind TedfordRosalind Tedford is Director for Research and Instruction at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. Rosalind has been an ACRL member since 2004 and is your ACRL member of the week for March 16, 2016.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Energetic, smart, analytical.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I usually have a couple of books going at once so right now I’m reading Bel Canto by Ann Patchett, Girl in the Spiders Web by David Lagerkrantz and Shakespeare’s Pub: A Barstool History of London as Seen Through the Windows of Its Oldest Pub – The George Inn. On my iPhone I also have the British radio comedy Cabin Pressure but it’s so funny I can’t listen to it in public because people look at me oddly when I’m laughing out loud.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Community, network, awesome.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I value the chance to be in a community of people who share the same passion for academic librarianship as I do. I value the collective wisdom of the group and the willingness to share that wisdom with the world.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I have literally been part of Wake Forest since I was born. A faculty brat with two degrees and now 21+ years of full-time service, I bleed black and gold. So one of the things I bring to my library is a deep-seated knowledge of the culture and the history of the institution. What I bring to my campus is a passion for libraries and an ability to express how central the library and our librarians are to student success both inside and outside the classroom. I stand at a privileged crossroads between university and library and I hope I make significant contributions to both.

6. In your own words: I fell backwards into librarianship after deciding not to pursue a PhD in English. What I realized along the way was that it was the perfect fit for me. I get to work with faculty and students on their research, teach for-credit and one-shot classes, advise undergraduates and participate fully in the life of the campus and the library. I think librarians and libraries have an enormous role to play on our campuses in the coming decade. The sea-changes facing higher education in terms of diversity, student debt, online education and the value of a degree are as significant as those libraries have faced in the last two decades. The experiences libraries and librarians have had reinventing themselves and their services to adapt to a new information landscape and changing user needs have put them in a strong position to help their campuses facing equally paradigm-shifting changes. I hope the lessons we have learned along the way can serve to help the larger campus communities prepare for and manage the changes that are imminent. Libraries are truly the hearts of university campuses and I look forward to what we will do in the future to help our campuses come out stronger.

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