Member of the Week: Diane Klare

Diane KlareDiane Klare is Head of Reference at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. Diane has been an ACRL member since 2000, was the first person to register for the ACRL 2013 conference, and is your ACRL member of the week.

1. Describe yourself in three words:  Inquisitive, persistent, collaborative.

2. What are you reading right now? I’m currently reading Alec Wilkinson’s The Ice Balloon: S. A. Andrée and the Heroic Age of Arctic Exploration.  The book is a historical account of Sweden’s Salomon August Andrée’s tragic attempt to cross the North Pole in a hydrogen balloon in 1897.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Diverse, innovative, forward-thinking.

4. What do you value most about ACRL? ACRL provides a forum to discuss challenges facing today’s academic libraries and also provides a voice for academic libraries to address their constituents about issues that directly affect them.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? As academic librarians, we play a key role in helping to develop life-long learners who will be able to critically assess information far beyond their undergraduate years.  With the ever-increasing amount of information emanating from many, many sources, having the skill to determine credible information has become paramount.

6. In your own words: My work as an academic librarian at a liberal arts institution is one never-ending adventure, since I get the opportunity to wear many hats and have the privilege of working with a wide variety of talented students, faculty, and a great group of colleagues.

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