Member of the Week: Scott P. Muir

Scott P. MuirScott P. Muir is Associate Provost for Library information Services at the Rowan University Libraries in Glassboro, New Jersey. Scott has been an ACRL member since 2005 and is your ACRL member of the week for October 13, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Driven. Facilitative. Patient

2. What are you currently reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I scan a number of library blogs and feeds. One of my favorite resources to read is the Harvard Business Review blog, because it often deals with planning and human resources, which are major portion of my job. I also enjoy this resource because it is not written for libraries, but it is still applicable.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Leadership. Networking. Professional Development.

4. What do you value about ACRL? What is most vital to me is what I learn from conversations with colleagues and those opportunities for networking, in addition to programming. Much of what I take away from ACRL programs are the nuances of how a library or a colleague has approached a project or issue.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? Rowan University recently expanded and added two medical schools, becoming one of two universities in the U.S. with both an allopathic and an osteopathic medical school. As a senior university administrator, much of my time involves working across departments, with college deans, vice-presidents, and other administrators on programs and services that the libraries have to offer, and in areas where we can support other departments and support the research and teaching mission of the university. Internally, I have directed my efforts on the incorporation of two new libraries into existing systems and processes, and creating new ways for us to work together collaboratively. I also focus my organization on a 21st century vision for library facilities and services as Rowan University embraces plans for a greatly increased research mission and a doubling of the student body size over the next 10 years.

6. In your own words: I have been a librarian for 36 years and I am working in my seventh library. I have seen tremendous changes in how we deliver services. I started my career at a time before microcomputers and the Internet, where we were a paper-based environment. Paraphrasing a colleague, I have seen libraries move from an environment where time was plentiful and information was scarce, to the exact opposite, of an environment where time is scarce and information is plentiful, and that information is growing exponentially. All of these changes have created a situation in which many libraries and librarians are challenged to redefine their roles in this rapidly changing digital world. For those of us who love continuous change, this will be an exciting time in libraries as we identify and explore the many opportunities available.

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