ACRL Member of the Week: Hallie Clawson

Hallie Clawson

Hallie Clawson is a special projects assistant at the University of Washington Tacoma. Hallie has been a member of ACRL for 2 years and is your ACRL member of the week for August 19, 2019.

Hallie Clawson

Describe yourself in three words: Personable, enthusiastic, steady.

What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device(s)? I just read Transforming the Academy: Faculty Perspectives on Diversity and Pedagogy edited by Sarah Willie-LeBreton, and I’m about to jump into The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh – once I finish one of the four fantasy novels I’ve been reading on the side!

Describe ACRL in three words: Community, research, work-in-progress.

What do you value about ACRL? I value the ability to connect with other librarians across the country. I’m a huge believer in improvement through learning from others, especially those very different from myself. ACRL is a uniquely powerful community because of the focus on academic work, research, and rigorous standards – it’s the best way I’ve found to establish together what our profession should look like and do, even if that work must (and really ought to) remain ever aspirational and never complete.

What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? My position supports our Library Director, so my contributions are two-fold. First, to ACRL, by creating resources such as the President’s Program EDI Blog which I can also bring directly to our campus. Second, to UW Tacoma, by helping convey the message of the library to our students and faculty via our website and social media news stories.

In your own words: I’ve only been a degreed, official librarian for a year now, and since my current position is temporary I’m still trying to find my place. But ever since my first day of library school, I’ve stayed because of the people. No other community has felt so affirming of the values I hold: that everyone should get to learn, and grow, and connect with the world. I’m honored to think that we can help make that happen.


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.