ACRL Member of the Week: Melissa Mallon

Melissa Mallon

Melissa Mallon is the director of the Peabody Library and the director of teaching and learning at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Melissa has been a member of ACRL for 15 years and is your ACRL member of the week for October 7, 2019.

Melissa recently brought together subject experts in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning who engage with SoTL through different lenses and provides a sense of the varied ways it’s currently being conducted in academic libraries in as an editor of the ACRL publication, The Grounded Instruction Librarian: Participating in The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Melissa Mallon

Describe yourself in three words: Inquisitive, compassionate, innovative.

What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device(s)? In preparation for a fall discussion group on critical digital literacy, I’m working my way through The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff. I’m also reading the latest novels from two of my favorite authors, The Witch Elm by Tana French and State of the Union by Nick Hornby.

Describe ACRL in three words: Welcoming, invigorating, connecting.

What do you value about ACRL? I love being an ACRL member. ACRL has provided me with many opportunities for service at a national level, more networking opportunities than I can count, and lots of chances to share my ideas about librarianship with the profession at large. I’ve been a member since grad school, and truly appreciate the chance to learn from and grow with my fellow academic librarian colleagues.

What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? As a director, I love that I get the chance every day to amplify the amazing work of my colleagues. Whether we’re partnering with faculty to integrate information & digital literacies into the curriculum or teaching transferable research skills to students, I love advocating for the library’s role in teaching & learning and sharing the amazing work our librarians do!

In your own words: Now that I’ve entered “mid-career” status as a librarian, I can say that this is absolutely the right job for me! I’m always learning and growing as a professional, and finding new areas of librarianship that fascinate me. I am who I am because of the colleagues I’ve met along the way; these amazing information professionals have inspired and motivated me to question and challenge the status quo. Academic librarians play such an important role in making the world a better place, and I am so happy to be part of this profession.

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 for more information.