Member of the Week: Tony White

Tony WhiteTony White is  Head of the Fine Arts Library at Indiana University Bloomington in Bloomington, Indiana. Tony has been an ACRL member since 2010 and is your ACRL member of the week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Outgoing, creative, motivated.

2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your iPod)? In paper, I’m reading  Matterhorn : A Novel of the Vietnam War by  Karl Marlantes and The New York Times on my iPod Touch. {Editor’s Note: We really, really wish Tony White was listening to Tony Joe White.}

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Relevant, engaging, dynamic.

4. Why did you join ACRL? I joined ACRL to enhance my networking, professional development and learning opportunities in relation to academic libraries.  I use these new connections and learning opportunities to enhance and support the services and collections that I am responsible for at IU Libraries and the Fine Arts Library.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I value the collegial relationships of other academic librarians and the scholarly community we are necessarily a part of.  I enjoy having the opportunity to enhance and support the research needs of students, staff and faculty by finding ways to make the discovery process intuitive and meaningful.

6. In your own words: First let me say that I love my job and the opportunities I have to work directly with students, faculty and staff in the IU Art Museum and School of Fine Arts, as well as other departments at Indiana University.  In addition to my position as the Head of the Fine Arts Library, I am also the Director of the Specialization in Art Librarianship for the graduate School of Library and Information Science and I teach the graduate Research Methods course in the History of Art department.  As part of the Specialization I teach an Art Librarianship seminar. My research areas include professional issues in art librarianship and artist’s books.

Everything that I am engaged in is supported by my involvement in academic libraries.  I am actively involved in the research lives of the academic communities that I serve, whether creating new library policies, enhancing access to the collections, transforming outreach services, mentoring new art librarians, or writing about professional issues in art librarianship.

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.