Member of the Week: Trudi Jacobson

Trudi JacobsonTrudi Jacobson is Distinguished Librarian and Head of the Information Literacy Department at the University at Albany, SUNY in Albany, New York. Trudi has been an ACRL member since 1985 and is your ACRL member of the week for August 13, 2012.

1. Describe yourself in three words:  Teacher, creative, dedicated.

2. What are you reading right now? While it won’t be found on my nightstand, I am in the midst of the NMC Horizon Report: 2012 Higher Education Edition. I’m also challenging myself with a couple of engaging craft how-to books: The Complete Guide to Spinning Yarn: Techniques, Projects, and Recipes by Brenda Gibson, and The Weaver’s Idea Book: Creative Cloth on a Rigid Heddle Loom by Jane Patrick. I’m between novels, but will be starting Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness tonight–I was delighted to get a prepub copy at the SUNY Librarians Association conference in June.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Leadership, opportunity, networking.

4. What do you value most about ACRL? ACRL takes a leadership role on the critical issues that face academic librarians. The members of ACRL are dedicated and extremely hard-working, and always rise to the occasion, no matter how challenging the work of a particular committee or task force. My affiliation with ACRL and the Instruction Section has had a phenomenal impact on the course of my career, and I expect quite a few members can say the same. I can’t envisage what our field would be like were there no ACRL.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? The opportunity to combine the best of two roles: teacher and librarian. I have had the chance to work with some incredible students in the information literacy courses I teach, and I have learned a great deal from them. My hope is that they have also gained new knowledge and awareness in these courses. I also value the exciting opportunities to work collaboratively and collegially with other faculty members to enhance students’ learning experiences.

6. In your own words: Our field provides the opportunity to be on the cutting edge of teaching and technology, while at the same time helping people. What more could one ask? (Well, perhaps better funding for our endeavors!)

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  1. Trudi is an incredible inspiration. I first met her in 1997 when she was a presenter at an IS preconference. I remember being in awe of her (rightly so) but also found her down-to-earth, so kind to a newbie librarian, and a great friend.

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