Member of the Week: David W. Lewis

David W. Lewis

David W. LewisDavid W. Lewis is Dean of IUPUI University Library at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Indiana. David has been an ACRL member since 1986 and is your ACRL member of the week for May 10, 2016.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Forward looking leader.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I just finished Margaret Heffernan’s short TED book Beyond Measure: The Big Impact of Small Changes. A great quick read on how to improve organizational culture. Her TED talk, “Why It’s Time to Forget the Pecking Order at Work” is the 20 minute introduction.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Connections that matter.

4. What do you value about ACRL? At different points in my career ACRL has been important for different reasons. When I was younger I valued the networking and the conferences. I did a lot of committee work and met a lot of people. I was at the first ACRL conference in Boston, though all I remember about it now is that Kurt Vonnegut spoke and there was a great party at Boston Public. Now I find C&RL an important way to keep up on research in the field. I appreciate the changes that have been made to it in the past several years. It is good for ACRL to set an example for how a professional organization can embrace open access.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I view my job as getting the campus to understand what digital technologies are doing to scholarship and how the library and the campus can position themselves to use these changes to their advantage. This includes encouraging and supporting open access, creating digital collections, and making sure our students understand information and how to use it effectively. It also means creating a library organization that allows and encourages people to do good work.

6. In your own words: I have been at this academic library thing for a very long time. I have seen huge changes in how libraries do things and increasingly what they do. Along the way, I have been fortunate to be able to have many exceptional colleagues and to make some small contributions. It has been fun on most days. Looking back, I am most proud of my contributions to the literature. I like to think I have been challenging and thought provoking. C&RL has been a big part of that.

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