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.
Robin Brown is head of public services at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY) in New York, NY and a 2018 candidate for the ACRL Board of Directors as Director-at-Large.
1. Describe yourself in three words: Three wheeled librarian.
2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your mobile device)? Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America by Melissa V. Harris-Perry.
3. Describe ACRL in three words: Community, colleagues, tribe.
4. Why do you value about ACRL? The opportunity to contribute to the destiny of my profession, while giving service and building a national network.
5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I am head of public services. That means that I make sure the reference desk is staffed whenever the library is open. I make sure a librarian can meet with each class that requests instruction. I make sure that needs are being met through virtual reference. I represent the library on college committees. I am a good friend to classroom faculty across the curriculum. I regularly get the opportunity to be an awesome reference librarian.
6. In your own words: They pay me to go to the library. They pay me to recommend books for purchase. They pay me to interact with students, helping them with information problems. They pay me to continue to learn and grow. (Don’t tell them that I would probably do all the above for the sheer joy of it.) Plus I get to do all of that in a community college, which means I get to contribute to social mobility. I have the best job on the planet.