Member of the Week: Suzanne E. Thorin

Suzanne E. ThorinSuzanne E. Thorin is Dean of Libraries and University Librarian at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. Suzanne has been an ACRL member since 1994  and is your ACRL member of the week.

1. Describe yourself in three words:  Lots of enthusiasm.

2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your iPod?)? Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable and The Book of Dead Philosophers by Simon Critchley.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Knowing what’s happening.

4. Why do you value most about ACRL? Colleagues.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? Everything! Faculty, students, research, buildings, collections . . .

6. In your own words: My early career as a music librarian helped instill my love of special collections and the wonders they have to offer. I am energized by the intellectual effort and variety of my work — no two days are ever the same. I also have a deep appreciation and respect for the work that librarians do to connect the library to users — faculty, students, visiting researchers, and others — and engage with them to envision new models and approaches for the future of research and scholarship.

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