Member of the Week: Karen Brown

Karen BrownKaren Brown is Professor in the Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Science in River Forest, Illinois. Karen has been an ACRL member since 2011 and is your ACRL member of the week for December 10, 2012.

1. Describe yourself in three words:  Positive, inquisitive, humorous.

2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your mobile device)? I’m always immersed in more than one book.  Currently, it’s Dinaw Mengestu’s How to Read the Air and Alice Hoffman’s Local Girls.  Plus, I’m reading a multitude of professional and scholarly works, including David Carr’s Open Conversations: Public Learning in Libraries and Museums.  Music:  I never get tired of listening to All the Roadrunning, featuring Emmylou Harris and Mark Knopfler.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Proactive, inclusive, forward-thinking.

4. What do you value about ACRL? Over the thirty-five years I have been in the profession (most as an academic librarian), ACRL has been one of my key go-to sources for sparking new service and management ideas.  The workshops and conference events are great opportunities for networking.

5. What do you, as an LIS educator, contribute to your campus? I try to increase awareness about the multifaceted nature of our profession and its capacity to address student learning and technology issues.

6. In your own words: As an LIS educator, I think it’s important to foster a passion about the profession and its potential.  I like to raise questions (and have students raise questions) that challenge our thinking about libraries and how they function.  I constantly tell students that every time they read or hear a news story, they should think about what it means for their work in libraries and information organizations.

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