Circle of Friends: Pamela Snelson

The ACRL Circle of Friends acknowledges the sustained generosity of those who have been Friends of ACRL for five or more years. The Friends of ACRL was created to provide a means for the association to take bold steps above and beyond its traditional member programs and services. Rapidly changing demographic, economic, and technological trends are presenting academic libraries and librarians with new challenges and competition that demand immediate solutions. The Friends of ACRL have responded to these new challenges and provided additional support that will enhance and ensure the relevance of our profession. To join or learn more about the Friends of ACRL, please visit the ACRL website.

Pamela SnelsonPamela Snelson is College Librarian at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. Pamela served as 2006-07 ACRL President and has been a Friend of ACRL since 1998.

1. Describe yourself in three words:  Traveler, optimistic, adventurous.

2. Why do you support the Friends of ACRL? ACRL has been a positive influence on my career since I entered librarianship. I want today’s librarians to have the same opportunities for leadership and collegiality.

3. What might someone be surprised to know about you?  I’m an introvert who is happiest with her nose in a book on beautiful beach.

4. Since you’ve become a member of ACRL, tell us about someone who influenced you in some way? Tom Kirk started my serious involvement with ACRL by putting me in charge of section programming (along with Susan Campbell who became a life-long friend) when he chaired the Science and Technology Section. A success there led to other ACRL appointments and eventually the ACRL presidency.

5. What do you hope ACRL will achieve in the near future (or the long term)? n understanding of the value that academic libraries and librarians bring to their institutions, and share this understanding with the broader higher education community.

6. In your opinion, what is the most important work that ACRL does? Advocating for libraries and librarians to the higher education leadership.