Member of the Week: Jeanne Davidson

Jeanne DavidsonJeanne Davidson is Head of Academic Program Services at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Jeanne has been an ACRL member since 1990, is co-editor of the recent ACRL book The Busy Librarian’s Guide to Information Literacy in Science and Engineering, and is your ACRL member of the week for October 15, 2012.

1. Describe yourself in three words:  Collegial, innovative, leader.

2. What are you reading right now? For my professional self, I’m reading Managing at the Speed of Change: How Resilient Managers Succeed and Prosper Where Others Fail by Daryl Connor.  At home (for my other self), Marguerite Davison’s A Handweaver’s Pattern Book and Carol Strickler’s The Weaver’s Book of 8-Shaft Patterns are never far away from my chair (or my loom).

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Relevant, educational, networking.

4. What do you value most about ACRL? Over the years, ACRL has provided me with numerous opportunities for professional growth and engagement.  Through my participation in ACRL I have developed a network of colleagues across the country who share similar goals, face similar challenges and are willing to engage in sharing the work of addressing the issues facing our profession. ACRL has always been my professional “home.”

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? The opportunity to engage with students and faculty in fulfilling their educational and research goals.  Academic/research librarianship provided a perfect melding for my scientific background and my desire to be a part of the learning process in higher education.  Academic libraries are central to the success of students and faculty, whether they realize it or not.  Keeping abreast of the multitude of changes in the information universe and bringing the best of these to our users is an ongoing challenge and a value-added service to our institutions.

6. In your own words: Academic/research libraries are people places focused on learning and the creation of knowledge. It is through the work of the wide variety of people employed in our libraries that we share the words of others, past and present, with current and future “listeners.”  Our efforts enable faculty to connect with the information they need and students to become life-long learners, finding and evaluating the information needed to create new knowledge for themselves. What better value can we add to the educational process?

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