ACRL is able to award scholarships to academic and research librarians and library staff to attend the ACRL 2019 Conference thanks to donors like Anne Casey. The association is strongly dedicated to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and the Scholarships Committee gives preference to applicants who are from diverse cultural/ethnic backgrounds, serve under-represented groups, and have not previously been awarded an ACRL scholarship. We invite you to invest in the future leaders of the profession as they seek to gain the experience, knowledge, and connections needed to advance learning and transform scholarship in the 21st century by contributing to the ACRL 2019 Conference Scholarship fund. To learn more about donating, please visit the ACRL 2019 website.
Anne Casey is the dean of student support at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, , currently serves on the ACRL 2019 Virtual Conference Committee, and has been a Friend of ACRL since 2014.
1. Describe yourself in three words: Enthusiastic, funny, persistent.
2. Why do you support the Friends of ACRL? My initial support was in the form of a contribution to the 75th Anniversary Fund by the Distance Learning Section in memory of long-time member and friend, Alexander (Sandy) Slade. The response the section received from the librarian who benefitted from that scholarship to conference was very moving. Having tangible proof that gifts such as these impact the lives of real people connected me more deeply to ACRL and the important work it does to sustain and grow our field.
3. What might someone be surprised to know about you? Most people might be surprised to learn that I can play a bodhran (a hand-held drum used in traditional Irish music). The bodhran is held in one hand while the other hand hits the beats. The friend who taught me is left-handed so I play with my left hand even though I am right-handed.
4. Since you’ve become a member of ACRL, tell us about someone who influenced you in some way? My entry into ACRL was through the Distance Learning Section, where I was encouraged by many to become involved. Some of the names that stand out are my work colleagues, Monica Craig and Virginia Witucke, who introduced me to the leadership of the section and encouraged me to volunteer. Also from DLS were Susan Potter, who offered me my first appointment, and Tom Abbott, who mentored me. More recently, my friend and ACRL Past President, Irene Herold, has inspired me to continue to volunteer by her dedication and enthusiasm for ACRL.
5. In your opinion, what is the most important work that ACRL does? There is so much important work that ACRL does, but I think the most important is engaging in advocacy on behalf of academic libraries and providing education and resources to members so that we can learn about the issues facing our profession and participate in those advocacy efforts.
7. How has attending the ACRL conference benefited you? I have learned more from programs at ACRL conferences than at other professional programs. There always seem to be a few that challenge me to think more broadly and consider better ways we can operate in our library. But, more importantly I benefit from the networking opportunities. I enjoy reconnecting with conference friends and acquaintances and meeting new colleagues who are engaged in the same type of work.