Member of the Week: Anne Burke

Anne BurkeAnne Burke is Undergraduate Instruction and Outreach Librarian at the North Carolina State University Libraries in Raleigh. Anne has been an ACRL member since 2008, is the 2012 recipient of the CLS ProQuest Innovation in College Librarianship Award, and is your ACRL member of the week for September 10, 2012.

1. Describe yourself in three words:  Curious, happy,  sometimes shy.

2. What are you reading right now? Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Active, evolving, supportive.

4. What do you value most about ACRL? The ARCL is committed to supporting its members and their libraries. When I worked as the director of a very small library, I found ACRL resources like the “Marketing @ Your Library” toolkit invaluable, not to mention the College Library Directors Mentorship Program, which connected me with seasoned library directors who could offer needed advice and other new directors who could empathize with my struggles and successes.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? The college/university library is a sacred place. Although it is multi-faceted in its services, it is singular in its commitment to promoting the successes of its students and faculty. I’m continually amazed at the creative ways academic librarians re-envision service. From embedding in a class to building more intuitive search interfaces, academic librarians create bridges between our patrons and a vast and sometimes intimidating information landscape.

6. In your own words: We academic librarians have the best job on the planet. We get to be the fairy godmothers of research, answering our patrons’ requests for help with expedient cheer. I love that in this job we get to provide undiluted help, assistance with no strings attached.

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