Member of the Week: Michael Ridley

Michael RidleyMichael Ridley is Librarian at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Michael has been an ACRL member since 1989 and is your ACRL member of the week for December 17, 2012.

1. Describe yourself in three words:  In permanent beta.

2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your mobile device)? Reading? Haven’t you seen my book? Listening? I’ve never forgiven Sleater-Kinney for calling it quits. Making do with the very wonderful Corin Tucker Band (formerly of S-K). And the drummer, Sara Lund, has an MLIS! {Editor’s Note: See also, Wild Flag.}

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Professional, Creative, Essential.

4. What do you value about ACRL? It provokes me. It disrupts me. All in the best way possible: ACRL challenges me to think more broadly and to consider new perspectives.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? Libraries are about two things: coherence frameworks and dissonance engines. Our job is to help people make sense of themselves and the world while at the same time challenging them with new and disruptive ideas.

6. In your own words: There hasn’t been a more exciting time to be an academic librarian than right now. We are rewriting all the rules. Scary perhaps but a singular opportunity to reshape higher education and how librarians can contribute to that renewed vision. I hope we don’t back away from this challenge by clinging to ideas from the comfortable but irrelevant past.

Editor’s Note: Are you an ACRL member? Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Nominate a colleague? Contact Mary Jane Petrowski at for more information.

The ACRL Member of the Week will be taking a holiday break in late December, but will return on Monday, January 7, 2013.