Meet The Candidates: Debbie Malone

Editor’s Note: The ACRL Member of the Week feature is taking a brief hiatus so we can profile the 2012 ACRL Board of Directors candidates. We’ll feature one candidate a day from March 12 – 19 in the order they appear on the ballot. Complete details on candidates for ACRL offices are available on the election website. Make sure to vote for the candidates of your choice starting March 19. Member of the Week will return on March 26.

Debbie MaloneDebbie Malone is Library Director at DeSales University in Center Valley, PA. Debbie has been an ACRL member since 1999 and is a 2012 candidate for ACRL vice-president/ president-elect.

1. Describe yourself in three words:  Curious, empathetic, persistence.

2. What are you reading right now? The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr (hard back); The Greater Journey:  American in Paris by David McCullough (on my iPad); Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich (audiobook on my MP3 player in the car).

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Collegial, innovative, essential.

4. Why do you value most about ACRL? I love the ability to meet and talk with colleagues from across the country, whether that is face-to-face or virtually. Those friendships and conversations have enriched my professional life and made me a better librarian.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? A career as an academic librarian is never dull as we strive to provide resources in ever evolving formats and services that meet the changing needs of our students and faculty members.

6. In your own words: Daunting financial times have created opportunities for conversations with faculty members on my campus about what resources and services are essential for their teaching. That has led, surprisingly, to more faculty/librarian collaborative projects than ever before.