Editor’s Note: The ACRL Member of the Week feature is taking a brief hiatus so we can profile the 2013 ACRL Board of Directors candidates. We’ll feature one candidate each weekday from March 7 — 18. Complete details on candidates for ACRL offices are available on the election website. Make sure to vote for the candidates of your choice starting March 19. Member of the Week will return on March 25.
Maggie Farrell is Dean of Libraries at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming. Maggie has been an ACRL member since 1989 and is a 2013 candidate for the ACRL Board of Directors as Vice-President/ President-Elect.
1. Describe yourself in three words: (I would hope others would also say) Engaging, Smart, Funny.
2. What are you reading right now? The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough is our UW Libraries’ author in April and we are thrilled to bring him to our campus.
3. Describe ACRL in three words: Expertise, Professional, Scholarship.
4. Why do you value most about ACRL? Advocacy for academic libraries. Connecting with academic librarians on common issues. Professional development.
5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? Student and faculty success — our resources enable students and faculty to incorporate current research resources into their research and teaching, our instruction provides lifelong research skills for our students, and our digital collections promote UW research and scholarship to the world.
6. In your own words: While an undergraduate working at UMKC Nichols Library, I was intrigued by the reference librarians who connected people with information and made a career decision to become an academic librarian. When I attended the University of Arizona, I was committed to my decision to become an academic librarian because I believed, and still regard, our instructional mission to be critical in our profession. I am energized by working in the academic environment and truly enjoy getting to know students. I have been fortunate to work at a variety of institutions that support student success and believe that my contributions have made an individual and institutional difference for our students and faculty.