Member of the Week: Joyce L. Ogburn

Joyce OgburnJoyce L. Ogburn is University Librarian and Dean of the University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library in Salt Lake City. Joyce has been an ACRL member since 1985, is the current ACRL Vice-President/ President-Elect,  and is your ACRL member of the week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Principled, committed, curious.

2. What are you reading right now? It’s a good old fashion secondhand print paperback – A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Strategic, inclusive, impactful.

4. Why did you join ACRL? I joined many years ago to be a part of the Anthropology and Sociology Section — although my primary job was acquisitions, I was also the anthropology selector and liaison at Penn State. I needed to find my colleagues to learn how to carry out this responsibility well. In the 1980’s I found a great group of “fellow travelers” and wonderful opportunities to get involved with ACRL that grew over time to more intense levels of leadership. I had no idea back then that I would be how serving ACRL for so many years and in so many different capacities.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? The influence we have on the conduct and success of research and learning, from the smallest library on up. We have national presence and are a force to be reckoned with when we set our minds to doing something! Another exciting aspect is our global reach that occurs through all of our networks and collaborations.

6. In your own words: Working in the academic environment is so enriching, rewarding and stimulating. I have the chance to work with smart people from all sorts of disciplines —as an anthropologist this suits me very well. I am interested in so many subjects, and in particular I search for the intersections that are cropping up between disciplines where the library can spark new relationships and draw connections.

The library is so interdisciplinary and has such a broad perspective and involvement on campus – we bring our own special lens to what is happening at present in the academic environment and to scanning the horizon for trends and new developments. I love it when other faculty discover at what we know about so many different things and become aware of the extensive and unique expertise we have.

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