Member of the Week: Elizabeth Dupuis

Elizabeth Dupuis

Elizabeth DupuisElizabeth Dupuis is Associate University Librarian for Educational Initiatives & User Services and Director of Doe, Moffitt, and the Subject Specialty Libraries at the University of California, Berkeley in Berkeley, CA. Elizabeth has been an ACRL member since 1997 and is your ACRL member of the week for October 10, 2016.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Attentive, resourceful, undaunted.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I tend to juggle several books simultaneously. Right now I’m at different stages of Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman; Voices of the Wild: Animal Songs, Human Din, and the Call to Save Natural Soundscapes by Bernie Krause; Bridging the Divide between Faculty and Administration: A Guide to Understanding Conflict in the Academy by James Bess and Jay Dee; and Machines Who Think: A Personal Inquiry into the History and Prospects of Artificial Intelligence by Pamela McCorduck.  (Yes, I check out many books from our library and, so far, I prefer print.)

3. Describe ACRL in three four words: Complex, inclusive, responsive, stimulating.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I value ACRL’s progressive view of issues covering a wide range of specializations, traditional strengths, and emerging areas relevant to libraries and higher education. I value ACRL as a national forum for sharing effective models, developing best practices, and questioning assumptions. And on a personal level, I value ACRL’s role as a professional network. When I was a new librarian, seasoned ACRL members were welcoming and inspiring to me; as a more seasoned member now, the opportunities to work with new professionals continue to be refreshing.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? Over the years my specific responsibilities have changed as I moved from an instruction librarian to a director, but my purpose has remained constant. I aim to represent the interests and nuances of many user populations, functions, and disciplines to create the most productive environment for people at all levels—from novice to expert. I love helping people discover ideas and develop their own skills and abilities. And I love convincing people how libraries contribute to research and learning.

6. In your own words: I have enjoyed working at three large, public, research universities. Each enriched my awareness of and my interest in a broad array of issues for libraries and higher education more generally. I gravitate toward roles and projects that require creativity, problem solving, and collaboration. Fortunately there seems to be an endless number of opportunities for librarians to partner in high-visibility and high-impact activities that reinforce and amplify our campus’ mission and include all these elements.  Our environment within libraries changes all the time—with limited budgets, new approaches, emerging demands—so librarians are constantly rethinking how to best position ourselves and our organizations for the future. It is a demanding kind of fun!

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