Member of the Week: Melissa B. Bennett

Melissa B. BennettMelissa B. Bennett is Principal and Library Expert at Butler Bennett Architects in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Melissa has been an ACRL member since 2007 and is your ACRL member of the week for November 5, 2012.

1. Describe yourself in three words:  Curious, passionate, responsive.

2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your mobile device)? The Experience Economy by B. Joseph Pine II and James H. Gilmore;  Dog Sense by John Bradshaw; and the autobiography of Judy CollinsSweet Judy Blue Eyes. I’m listening to Hugh Laurie’s new blues album “Let Them Talk” on my iPhone.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Introspective, resourceful, visionary.

4. What do you value most about ACRL? I greatly appreciate the access ACRL provides to academic librarian’s research and thoughts on the evolution of library services and functions and their place on campus today.

5. What do you, as an architect, contribute to your campus? I hope to stimulate an opportunity to create best solutions for future students, faculty and staff regarding pedagogy, learning styles, and open resources in the places they are best suited. I am dedicated to assisting the library in regaining its status as the knowledge center on campus.

6. In your own words: As a specialist in pre-planning and space needs assessment of academic libraries I am excited about the ongoing evolution in information accessibility that is leading to new designs that incorporate flexibility, layering, open access and the serendipitous interaction between faculty, students and staff.

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