Member of the Week: Zach Coble

Zach CobleZach Coble is Systems and Emerging Technologies Librarian at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Zach has been an ACRL member since 2009, is a 2013 ALA Emerging Leader,  and your ACRL member of the week for April 29, 2013.

1. Describe yourself in three words:  Adapting, creative, pragmatic.

2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your mobile device)? Reading: The new issue of Oxford American, I Read Where I Am: Exploring New Information Cultures by Andrew Blauvelt et al, William Zinsser’s On Writing Well, and Digital Humanities by Anne Burdick et al. Listening: A couple of podcasts – Roderick on the Line and making my way through the Back to Work archive. And always a steady stream of music.

3. Describe ACRL in three words:  Big, connected, extensible.

4. What do you value about ACRL? The people. As a volunteer-driven organization, you make it what you want. Each of us decides what the future of academic libraries looks like. The association allows us to do this by providing a venue for us to share ideas, connect with colleagues, and act

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I help people find the information they need.

6. In your own words: I was attracted to librarianship for its engagement in contemporary issues. Getting involved in this work, such as exploring new models of scholarly communication, has been both challenging and rewarding (in the best way possible).

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