Member of the Week: Erin Smith

Erin SmithErin Smith is Director of Library Services at the Westminster College McGill Library in New Wilmington, PA. Erin has been an ACRL member since 2001, is a 2013 ALA Emerging Leader,  and your ACRL member of the week for August 19, 2013.

1. Describe yourself in three words:  Enthusiastic, strategic, optimistic.

2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your mobile device)? Joseph Anton — A Memoir by Salman Rushdie.

3. Describe ACRL in three words:  Connections, collaboration, inspiration.

4. What do you value about ACRL? The opportunity to connect with other academic librarians, whether it’s through conferences, opportunities to volunteer on ACRL committees, or articles featured in ACRL publications.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? As a librarian, the most important contribution I make is in the connections I make for others. Through the resources we offer and the information literacy skills we teach, we have the incredible privilege of supporting students, faculty, administrators, and staff in their individual endeavors to make meaningful contributions to human understanding by connecting them with the information they need.

6. In your own words: The thing I love the most about being an academic librarian is the dynamic nature of the profession. There is always something new to learn, something new to play with, something new to teach. And we get to pass those experiences on to an entire community of learners — not just our students but also our faculty, staff, and administrators. Sure, there are challenges. We don’t have enough money or enough staff or enough time, but every day that I go to work, I know that I will have the opportunity to really make a difference on my campus, and, ultimately, to the larger community.

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