ACRL Member of the Week: Ashley R. Maynor

Ashley R. Maynor with service dog, Cardamom

Ashley R. Maynor is a assistant professor of practice & digital scholarship librarian at the NYU Libraries in New York, New York. Ashley, pictured with service dog Cardamom, has been a member of ACRL for three years and is your ACRL member of the week for September 4, 2018.

Ashley R. Maynor with service dog, CardamomDescribe yourself in three words: Curious, questioning, evolving.

What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device(s)? I am reading The Century of Artists’ Books by Johanna Drucker, Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor by Lynda Berry, and Tenements, Towers & Trash: An Unconventional Illustrated History of New York City by Julia Wertz.

Describe ACRL in three words: Rife for re-imagining.

What do you value about ACRL? I value the sense of history and tradition, uniting a wide range of librarians in one organization.

What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? I’m a filmmaker and a librarian. While film making and librarianship might seem an unlikely combination, I rely equally on these two skill sets to collaborate with faculty and students who, like me, want to tell research stories combining digital and analog technology in the burgeoning field known as digital scholarship. Together, we’re making scholarly research more collaborative, more accessible, and more interesting to wider public audiences.

In your own words: There is an unhealthy and prejudicial stereotype that those librarians who embrace technology wholesale do not appreciate the analog or the “traditional” library values. I’m not sure if this comes from a lack of exposure to tech-savvy librarians or a fear-based tactic to defend a Luddite’s value in the institution, but we should celebrate how mad tech skillz and core librarian values are not an either-or. For more thoughts on what next-generation librarianship means and how it can revolutionize our profession in the best possible way, check out my thoughts on Library Lost and Found.


Editor’s Note: Are you an ACRL member? Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Nominate a colleague? Contact Mary Jane Petrowski at mpetrowski@ala.org for more information.