Editor’s Note: In the lead-up to the 2018 ALA/ACRL election, we’re profiling the 2018 ACRL Board of Directors candidates. We’ll feature one candidate in slate order each weekday from March 2—9. Complete details on candidates for ACRL offices are available on the election website. Make sure to vote for the candidates of your choice starting March 12.
Faye A. Chadwell is the Donald and Delpha Campbell University Librarian and the OSU Press director at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR and a 2018 candidate for the ACRL Board of Directors as Director-at-Large.
1. Describe yourself in three words: Determined, fair-minded, thoughtful.
2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your mobile device)? Reading Nancy Isenberg’s White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America and the novel The Secrets Between Us by Thrity Umrigar, and listening to Steven Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People on my weekly commute between Corvallis and Eugene.
3. Describe ACRL in three words: Collegial, advocate, essential.
4. Why do you value about ACRL? ACRL’s value rests in networking with others, professional development opportunities, and working on common goals to improve libraries and higher education. I appreciate the encounters with diverse perspectives about our profession and its future. We have much to learn from each other, and ACRL provides a terrific forum to accomplish that learning. ACRL channels energy and enthusiasm for academic librarianship into productive outcomes for our campuses, our professions and ourselves. It also promotes the distinctive contributions librarians make as a profession.
5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? The Libraries play a vital role at Oregon State University. We connect students and faculty to resources they need to thrive, the most crucial resources being our very own library faculty and staff. As the university librarian, I enable the success of those with whom I work to support our users’ in reaching their goals. As the staunchest advocate for the Libraries and the communities we serve, I petition for more resources for users—certainly a critically important outcome. I also strive to ensure that the Libraries are situated to influence campus conversations and strategic directions. We have unique perspectives to offer related to scholarly communication, information literacy, and the preservation and management of information. When we develop exceptional services, programs, collections, and spaces, we help Oregon State accomplish its teaching, research and engagement mission(s).
6. In your own words: In August 2018, I will reach my 30-year mark as an academic librarian. Libraries have seen considerable changes during this period. It has been my privilege to work with so many library workers who’ve met those changes openly and enthusiastically. Academic librarianship isn’t always for the faint of heart but it is always for the curious at heart seeking to advance learning and scholarship, both their own and others. It’s rewarding to wrestle with challenges, rethink and maybe revise our approaches to our work, and collaborate on solutions. A common dedication to having a positive impact on our campuses energizes and motivates me. Those moments when it’s clear that our unique qualities, expertise, and experiences play a critical role in higher education inspire me to keep coming back for more.