Member of the Week: Timothy Hackman

Timothy HackmanTimothy Hackman is Head of Resource Sharing and Access Services at the University of Maryland McKeldin Library in College Park, Maryland. Timothy has been an ACRL member since 2004 and is your ACRL member of the week for September 2, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Affable, dedicated, thoughtful.

2. What are you currently reading (or listening to on your mobile device)?  Reading: Heroes and Villains: Essays on Music, Movies, Comics, and Culture by David Hajdu; and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (I know, I’m late to the party). Listening: An ever-rotating list of music and comedy via Spotify. Some friends and I are in the middle of an 80’s album “bracket challenge,” where we choose a pair of albums each week and try to determine which one is the “best.” At the moment we’re on Round 2, with 32 pairs of albums.

3. Describe ACRL in three words:  Learning, connecting, innovating.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I value the opportunities ACRL provides to connect with other professionals in academia. The connections I’ve made with colleagues via ACRL’s sections and committees have enriched my personal and professional life.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? As the Head of Resource Sharing and Access Services, I oversee some of the most important services we offer in support of research and teaching, including circulation, reserves, document delivery, and interlibrary loan. My department also maintains the Libraries’ physical collections and keeps the building open 24 x 5 to provide a quiet, safe study space for all our students. I spent 10 years as a subject specialist/liaison librarian before my current job, and I think there’s a tendency for those of us on the “reference side of the house” to devalue the tasks that go on in circulation and its related departments. But I can attest that the work is just as challenging and rewarding, the staff just as dedicated and knowledgeable. It is truly a privilege to lead this team of committed professionals to serve our University.

6. In your own words:  The pace of change in the academic library is fast and furious, which means that I’m almost always behind and never bored. I can’t think of anything else I’d rather be doing!

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