John Glover is Humanities Research Librarian at the Virginia Commonwealth University James Branch Cabell Library in Richmond, Virginia. John has been an ACRL member since 2006 and is your ACRL member of the week for November 24, 2014.
1. Describe yourself in three words: Creative, inquisitive, patient.
2. What are you currently reading (or listening to on your mobile device)?Too many things, as always. Ana Kai Tangata, by Scott Nicolay. Far From Streets, by Michael Griffin. The Luminol Reels, by Laura Ellen Joyce. Seam, by Tarfia Faizullah. Social Network Analysis, by John Scott. New Critical Essays on H.P. Lovecraft, edited by David Simmons. Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy.
3. Describe ACRL in three words: Supportive, connected, metamorphic.
4. What do you value about ACRL? I value the way that ACRL provides a guiding light for the ecosystem that supports college and research libraries. Donors, technologists, librarians, staff members, administrators, library school students, trustees, vendors, programmers, managers, patrons, and other library supporters: I’ve met and learned from all of these people in ACRL-sponsored venues, whether conferences, webinars, or publications.
5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? I run a one-of-a-kind matchmaking service for patrons in the humanities, connecting my people with whatever they need, be it a book, person, database, program, website, or otherwise. Having done that, I help them to understand the ever-multiplying, ever-expanding systems that contain these things, up until the point where they have enough knowledge to navigate the chaos on their own.
6. In your own words: When I come to a fork in the road, I usually take it! Academic libraries are wonderful—endlessly diverting—and they contain something of the entire world. As such, when I encounter anything odd, whether it’s a foreign idea, mystifying item record, or student asking for something libraries don’t carry (chocolate parrots! Lamborghini can openers!), I start digging. And I dig. And I keep on digging, partly because it’s fun, but partly because it may mean an opportunity to change or improve things for our patrons. People will usually tell you that chocolate parrots don’t belong in the library (and they may be right), but the search and discussion will inevitably prove useful.
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