Member of the Week: Tanner Wray

Tanner WrayTanner Wray is Director of College Libraries and Information Services at the Montgomery College Libraries in Rockville, Maryland. Tanner has been an ACRL member since 2004 and is your ACRL member of the week for November 10, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Dedicated, fair, partner.

2. What are you currently reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? Joshua S. Wyner’s What Excellent Community Colleges Do: Preparing All Students For Success.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Value, network, forum.

4. What do you value about ACRL? The fantastic opportunities to network and collaborate on important academic libraries issues. The opportunity to serve the profession through activities like planning the ACRL 2015 conference.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? As Director of College Libraries and Information Services I serve a dual role. As the Libraries Director, I provide direction and leadership for the four College Libraries and central functions including Technical Services. I direct the development and implementation of long range and strategic planning. A significant focus for me is to create processes for staff to develop skills and to contribute in creating our 21st century libraries. A significant opportunity for the libraries staff at Montgomery College is participation in understanding community college students via ethnographic and participatory design research methods.

As a College Administrator, I contribute to the development of college programs and services. In the past year I chaired one of the work groups that made recommendations for restructuring Academic Affairs. I have also been working with faculty colleagues to increase student internship opportunities with a partner institution, and create a new faculty fellows program that will include librarian fellows.

6. In your own words: These are exciting times to be an academic librarian. We have excellent opportunities to demonstrate our relevance by supporting college affordability initiatives, and demonstrating the value we bring by linking closely to our institution’s priorities to close the achievement gap, improve completion rates, and empower our students to change their lives. These are particularly vital roles at community colleges.

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