Member of the Week: Rachel Crowley

Rachel CrowleyRachel Crowley is Director of Library Services at University of Sioux Falls in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Rachel has been an ACRL member since 1999 and is your ACRL member of the week for February 3, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Sincere, Dedicated, Learner.

2. What are you listening to on your mobile device? I know it is a cliché, but I do love to read and am still fond of the print format. I have recently read Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr. Because I love to learn, I have a tendency to have more books that I want to read than ones I actually do read. Professionally, I love to read about information anxiety, information visualization, and privacy issues.

3. Describe ACRL in three words:  Visionary, Indispensable, Motivating.

4. Why did you join ACRL? ACRL is the premier organization that focuses on all aspects of academic librarianship. I have held many different positions throughout my library career and in each area of responsibility ACRL provided me with the tools, guidelines and standards to help me do my job more efficiently and effectively. The leadership of the organization (through all levels) is fantastic and provides key information to keep me updated in this rapidly-changing environment. Through publications, discussion lists, and conferences, I feel a part of this learning community. The most important aspect though is the colleagues whom I have met. They are my friends and mentors, and I rely on their advice, humor and support.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? As Director of Library Services at the University of Sioux Falls, my primary responsibility is to help the university meet its mission by providing services and resources to facilitate learning. I enjoy working at USF, a small, private, Christian, liberal arts university in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, because I can work closely with the students, faculty and entire campus community. My library responsibilities are numerous, but working in higher education allows me to contribute to other areas such as SDV 100: The First Year College Experience, assessment, strategic planning and the arts.

6. In your own words: I am proud to be an academic librarian and part of the library profession. I am passionate about our code of ethics and the high quality of services we provide our patrons; however, I used to, and sometimes still do, get discouraged when I read or hear about misperceptions about libraries and librarians. I believe librarianship is one of the most misunderstood professions in our society, but now I think of this misunderstanding as an opportunity to advocate for our profession and to educate others. ALA and its divisions are working hard to show the value of libraries, but I have learned it takes all of us. My goal in the remaining years of my career and life is that I successfully advocate for libraries of all types and contribute to educating others on what we do and how happy we are to serve others.

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