Member of the Week: Laurie E. Hathman

Laurie E. Hathman

Laurie E. HathmanLaurie E. Hathman is the library director at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. Laurie first joined ACRL member in 1996 and is your ACRL member of the week for April 3, 2017.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Contemplative, engaged, optimistic.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I am reading Seven Thousand Ways to Listen by Mark Nepo.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Proactive, creative, affirmative.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I value the relationships that I have developed with other academic librarians from a variety of institutions. ACRL opens the door to a wide range of experiences no matter the type or size of institution. Due to the generosity of spirit these academic librarians have demonstrated by sharing their expertise not only have librarians on my campus benefited, but most importantly so have our students and faculty.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? As the library director I have the opportunity to help the university community understand what and how the library contributes to the mission of the university. I participate in cross-campus collaborations that both directly and indirectly impact the library. These not only include “routine” service on committees, but I also have leadership roles in mission and identify initiatives, accreditation visits, as well as faculty, staff and student development.

6. In your own words: I’ve been an academic librarian for over 30 years, so I have the multi-year perspective of the ups and downs of funding and institutional changes. Although there are many challenges today in higher education, I’ve learned that these can bring opportunities that strengthen the contributions made by academic librarians. There is a chance in times of limited resources to reflect on what’s really important and where we need to put our energy. This is often when we are most creative.

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