1. Describe yourself in three words: Learning Commons innovator.
2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I am reading the article “Information Spaces, Digital Culture, and Utopia” by Pramod K. Nayar, published in the Journal of Contemporary Thought (Summer 2010), by way of a discussion with Dr. Ed Tiryakian, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Duke University. Ed has donated much of his private research collection to my library, including his own work on utopian literature, and noted that Nayar referenced my own 2006 book, The Information Commons Handbook, in this article. In the 21st century, I think it is important for LIS literature to reach an academic audience across disciplines, and I am delighted that my books and articles have been cited over a thousand times, including references in research articles by cognitive psychologists, anthropologists, historians, and contemporary philosophers, such as Pramod K. Nayar.
3. Describe ACRL in three words: Innovative, collegial, collaborative.
4. What do you value about ACRL? The expertise of colleagues through personal contacts, professional conferences, and the research literature.
5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I’ve most recently spearheaded a just-completed $1.5 million renovation of our Library, envisioned and planned a proposed $8 million expansion of our Learning Commons, and serve on the Gaston Gigabit Initiative that has just received funding for our gigabit linkup to the Google Fiber network being installed across the adjacent metropolitan area of Charlotte, NC.
6. In your own words: From 1995, when I received an Apple Library of Tomorrow Grant, I have tried to explore and articulate the organizational and technological challenges we face in bridging (and helping our students and faculty bridge) the border between the Age of Print and the Digital Age.
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