Member of the Week: Gavin Ferriby

Gavin Ferriby

Gavin FerribyGavin Ferriby is the university librarian at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Gavin first joined ACRL in 1987 and is your ACRL member of the week for May 22, 2017.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Engaged, self-motivated, scholarly.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? The Fuzzy and the Techie: Why the Liberal Arts Will Rule the Digital World by Scott Hartley; The World as I Found It (fiction) by Bruce Duffy; Demian by Herman Hesse (auf Deutsch).

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Confident, far-reaching, complex.

4. What do you value about ACRL? Members, presenters, and colleagues speak their minds, tolerate disagreement, and bring a great deal of experience and wisdom to the table—I always learn from them, and highly value serendipity.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? I bring dedication to liberal arts and professional education; experience, and leadership to align our library with the University’s mission, goals, and emphases, and to demonstrate our key value: teaching faculty, students, and staff how to discover and use information wisely to foster genuine learning.

6. In your own words: In my 30-plus years’ experience, librarianship and libraries have been transformed and disrupted repeatedly, and the ability to continue to learn, adapt, and thrive has been crucial to any professional and intellectual success. I have been privileged to participate in re-fashioning the library services and resources that are now more crucial than ever, but also in preserving the best of the past: the fundamental respect for accuracy, truth, and privacy; inclusion of diverse perspectives; and the creative, strategic thinking that characterizes the best library practices. The discontinuities between the transformation of universities and libraries, and constraints of time and money are both very challenging to negotiate, and a spur to the entire profession to think and act bravely and creatively. Despite (and because of) those discontinuities, transformations, and disruptions, this is best time yet to be an academic librarian.

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