Member of the Week: David A. Wright

David A. WrightDavid A. Wright is Associate Dean of Learning Resources at Surry Community College in Dobson, NC. David has been an ACRL member since 1987 and is your ACRL member of the week for September 17, 2012.

1. Describe yourself in three words:  Service, commitment, adaptable.

2. What are you reading right now? Stolen Figs: And Other Adventures in Calabria by Mark Rotella and Ayn Rand Nation: The Hidden Struggle for America’s Soul by Gary Weiss.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Collegial, professional, educational.

4. What do you value most about ACRL? Opportunities for learning, networking and professional development.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? The core values of being a librarian have not changed, even though the entire world of information has shifted beneath me in the years I have been an academic librarian.

6. In your own words: In my 35 years as an academic librarian, I have to admit that I have questioned my career choice a few times.  Since returning to the community college setting 6 years ago, I am acutely aware of the need for information literacy and for the skills of the professional librarian in the community college setting.  It is the most exciting place to work in all my years of academic librarianship.

Now that I am involved at the national level as Chair of the National Council for Learning Resources, I am championing the cause of libraries as a representative of an affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges.  These are certainly exciting and challenging days for librarians in community colleges.

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