Meet the Staff – Allison Payne

Editor’s Note: This month we return to our occasional series profiling members of the ACRL staff, featuring ACRL Program Officer Allison Payne. You can learn more about all the ACRL staff on the association website.

Allison Payne picture1. Describe yourself in three words. Dependable, efficient, organized.

2. What are you reading right now? Currently reading Carrie Brownstein’s Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl and Daniel ClowesPatience.

3. What was your background before coming to ACRL?  Before ACRL, I was working on my MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s distance education program. While earning my master’s remotely, I interned for ALSC and worked part-time as an indexer in Kraft Foods’ Research and Development Library.

4. What do you do in your role as ACRL Program Officer? I coordinate the activities of the Board of Directors and the Budget & Finance Committee. I also maintain ACRL’s budget, manage division-level appointments, and archive ACRL materials.

5. What’s your favorite thing about (or most memorable experience) working at ACRL?  Easily the ACRL 2015 Conference in Portland. This was not only a great opportunity to meet members face-to-face, but also allowed staff an opportunity to explore the unique city together.

6. Fun fact about Allison: I have a wide variety of interests and enjoy learning, traveling, and playing tennis. I also enjoy exploring Chicago, and taking in the city’s many museums, restaurants, theaters, and markets. In September 2016, I’ll be participating in my first half-marathon!

7. In your own words: I’m enthusiastic about the future of ACRL and the implementation of its Plan for Excellence. I’m impressed by the nimbleness of the Association and ACRL leadership to reflect current trends in higher education libraries. I look forward to seeing the accomplishments surrounding the newly approved strategic goal area, New Roles and Changing Landscapes.