Member of the Week: Richard Kaplan

Richard KaplanRichard Kaplan is Dean of Library and Learning Resources at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston. Richard has been an ACRL member since 2000 and is your ACRL member of the week for November 26, 2012.

1. Describe yourself in three words:  Futurist, Easy-Going, Supportive.

2. What are you reading right now? For some reason that is a mystery to me (pardon the pun), I have lately been reading Scandinavian crime novels, including Stieg Larsson (Dragon Tattoo Series), Jo Nesbo (Detective Harry Hole Series), and I just started reading Juss Adler-Olsen’s The Keeper of Lost Causes.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Communication, Information, Networking.

4. What do you value about ACRL?Just one look at the ACRL webpage tells the story of how important this organization is to librarians. Where else can you find a new job, discover continuing education opportunities, get the latest standards of practice, and read the latest news and professional literature. That’s ACRL!

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I have been a librarian for over 30 years and, while technology has changed how we do things, information retrieval and dissemination, and instruction have always been core to academic librarianship.

6. In your own words: For those who know me, I consider myself a somewhat pessimistic futurist.  I am always reflecting on the practice of librarianship and I wrestle over whether the profession is properly preparing the next generation of librarians to work in a virtual information world.

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