Member of the Week: Helga B. Visscher

Helga B. VisscherHelga B. Visscher is Head of the University of Alabama McLure Education Library in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Helga has been an ACRL member since 1985 and is your ACRL member of the week for November 12, 2012.

1. Describe yourself in three words:  Tall, Innovative, Practical.

2. What are you reading right now? John Adams by David McCullough on my iPad Kindle app and Black Skies by Arnaldur Indridason.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Huge, Information Literacy, Professionalism.

4. What do you value about ACRL? Opportunities, Research, Opening horizons.

5. What do you think academic librarianship brings to higher education? In a world where so many students are interested in credits and a diploma, academic librarians encourage individual learning and inquiry skills that promote lifelong learning and intellectual curiosity.

6. In your own words: I began my career as a school librarian, which was a valued experience when I was hired. Learning about database searching and the computer skills has been a continuous part of my career, but always, finding the best resource or good read for the student has been the basis of my work.

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The ACRL Member of the Week will return on Monday, November 26 following the Thanksgiving holiday.