ACRL Members A-C

(Last names A-C)

George Abbott
Camila A. Alire
Bonnie Allen
Lisa A. Ancelet
Janis M. Bandelin
Steven J. Bell
David A. Beronä
Stanton F. Biddle
Brett Bonfield
Char Booth
Frank J. Bove
Cecelia Brown
Stephanie Willen Brown
John M. Budd
Jennie Burroughs
Barbara Butler
Elizabeth "Buffy" Choinski
Angela Courtney


    george abbott

George Abbott
Head, Media Services Department
Syracuse University Library
Syracuse, NY
ACRL member since 1985

1. Describe yourself in three words:Involved. Driven. Entrepreneur.

2. Describe ACRL in three words: Advocate. Facilitator. Member-focused.

3. Why did you join ACRL? I joined ACRL many years ago to participate in its activities and stay informed on the issues facing academic libraries and academic librarianship. Through networking at conferences, information sharing on listservs, and formal publications ACRL has provided me with up-to-date information, guidelines, and case histories to help me analyze trends and make informed decisions for managing information services.

4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I think I value most the interaction with the faculty and students. The ability to discuss their research and learn varying perspectives and ideas spawns new potential solutions for addressing information needs. The expertise and knowledge base on campus creates an environment promoting innovation and exploration that has provided me with the opportunity to experiment with new technology and pursue new ideas for the delivery of multimedia and digital information services.

5. In your own words: The academic library is changing and it has been changing for the past 20 or more years. Working in an academic library has given me the opportunity to change with it from the beginnings of the online catalog to the introduction of the Internet and now to the vast digital world. We have harnessed the content of our print literature through full text ejournal and ebooks and are just beginning to harness the content of audio and video resources with full content indexing. Audio and video are "now" media, much more so than print, and full content indexing provides a degree of immediacy that delivers search results and images for events that occurred minutes, or even seconds, before.


    camila alire

Dr. Camila A. Alire
Dean of University Libraries
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM
ACRL member since 1985

1. Describe yourself in three words: risk-taker, change agent, energetic

2. Describe ACRL in three words: forward-thinking, member-driven, responsive

3. Why did you join ACRL? I was recruited by a colleague with whom I attended library school. She got me involved in CJCLS. Love it!

4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? Academic librarianship is for those who are constantly intellectually curious and who can apply that curiosity to efforts that help increase the knowledge base of the institution for research, teaching, and learning.

5. In your own words: Because I feel so passionate about academic libraries, there are three things I want to leave folks with: strategic planning leads to successful marketing and library advocacy; and all three are important components to success for academic libraries.


    bonnie allen

Bonnie Allen
Dean of Libraries
University of Montana
Missoula, MT
ACRL member for 14 years

1. Describe yourself in 3 words: Curious, analytical, ambitious

2. Describe ACRL in 3 words: Advocacy, forward-looking, inclusive

3. Why did you join ACRL? I was looking for a professional organization that would grow with me. I appreciate ACRL's ability to provide the breadth and depth that it does for issues. I am frequently turning to my colleagues in ACRL for information and perspective.

4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I value the professional association with librarians with such diversity of interests and expertise.

5. In your own words: I think that ACRL as an organization supports its membership through education, exploration and advocacy. The programs and articles sponsored by ACRL have meaning for the members anywhere in their career. I particularly look to my ACRL colleagues for perspective on issues that will inform my decisions and make me a better leader.


      lisa ancelet

Lisa A. Ancelet
Virtual Reference Services Librarian
Texas State University-San Marcos
ACRL member since 2006
 
1. Describe yourself in three words:  creative, motivated, hardworking

2. Describe ACRL in three words: informative, networking, knowledge-base

3. Why did you join ACRL? Because as an academic librarian, I want to have access to the many resources ACRL provides.  ACRL offers those of us who are still new to the profession access to teaching resources,  networking with colleagues, and so much more, with the focus on colleges and universities. 
 
4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I value the students who enable me to keep my job! I enjoy helping people find and use information. I knew the minute I took a job as a library assistant at an academic library that I was meant for this profession. I went back to school and earned my MSIS ('03) and I'm continuing on the path I chose. I love public service work and this is one of the best places to work with the public.  The Internet and technology  have only increased number of people who need guidance and/or instruction on the many tools and resources available to them.
 
5. In your own words: The warm and fuzzy feeling you get when you let a piece of dark chocolate melt on your tongue. On a more serious note, I feel that librarianship is still as relevant today as it was 50 years ago.  Technology is changing as fast as you can blink an eye and I know that our profession will continue to lead the way. 


    janie bandelin

Janis M. Bandelin
James B. Duke Library
Furman University
Greenville, SC
ACRL member since 1986

1. Describe yourself in three words: listener, thinker, doer

2. Describe ACRL in three words: membership-oriented, strategic, educational

3. Why did you join ACRL? ACRL provides a focus on and commitment to academic librarianship that no other organization provides. It affords not only opportunities for professional growth, but also venues to meet and share with other academic librarians.

4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I value the way that academic librarianship supports the mission of the university by providing resources, services and facilities to students, faculty and staff. I also value our commitment to life-long learning.

5. In your own words: While I have worked in academic libraries for the past 19 years, my background in public, school, and special libraries has made me aware of the needs of different types of libraries and of our shared challenges.


      steven bell

Steven J. Bell
Associate University Librarian for Research and Instructional Services
Temple University Libraries
Philadelphia, PA
ACRL member since 1994

1. Describe yourself in three words: Blended. Passionate. Learner.

2. Describe ACRL in three words: Professionalism. Opportunity. Networking.

3. Why did you join ACRL? Initially, to be active in my local chapter. That grew into a desire to be more active in the national organization. Also, to be better able to take advantage of the professional development opportunities ACRL offers to members. When I became a library director, the ACRL sponsored "New Directors Mentoring Program", and a network of colleagues who could provide assistance gave me new reasons to appreciate my ACRL membership.

4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I could write an article in answer to this question. In fact, I did. It's about my passion for academic librarianship and five things: students; faculty; community; colleagues; keeping up. You can find this article at: "A Passion For Academic Librarianship: Find It, Keep It, Sustain It—A Reflective Inquiry." Portal: Libraries and the Academy 3(4):633-642, October 2003.

5. In your own words: ACRL is about helping its members achieve their greatest potential as academic librarians. All academic librarians are responsible for their own professional development (learn more at http://staff.philau.edu/bells/keepup). But through professional development programs, conferences, publications, virtual workshops, discussion lists, and committee participation opportunities, ACRL provides a supportive infrastructure for each member to achieve a high level of personal professional development in a network of supportive colleagues.


    david a. berona

David A. Beronä
Library Director
Lamson Library
Plymouth State University
Plymouth, New Hampshire
ACRL member since 1995

1. Describe yourself in three words: Serendipitous. Scholarly. Humorous.

2. Describe ACRL in three words: Inquiring. Collegial. Innovative.

3. Why did you join ACRL? As a Library Director and former Head of Library Computer Systems, ACRL offers me the chance to share ideas about library technology with my colleagues. More importantly, ACRL members offer answers to real-life questions such as how to implement technology in an academic library that has an assortment of tech-savvy librarians and IT professionals as well as traditionally more cautious librarians.

4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? Not only has academic libraries provided me with the chance to implement new technology that increases access to valued information for our users, but familiarity of this access to information has assisted me in pursuing my own research in visual communication. As a result, in addition to my professional duties as an academic librarian, I am an international authority on the woodcut novel and wordless comics. My articles and papers are highly regarded in the fields of graphic, visual and communication arts.

5. In your own words: My teacher and mentor at Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science, the late and esteemed Estelle Jussim, encouraged me to pursue scholarly research in order to add to the lexicon of visual communication and challenged me as a librarian, to assure that access to any given discipline of human study is always available to users. My involvement in College and Research Librarianship, especially in our exciting digital environment, offers me the opportunity to grow as a scholar and meet her challenge as a librarian.


    stanton f. biddle

Dr. Stanton F. Biddle
Professor and Administrative Services Librarian
Baruch College, The City University of New York
ACRL member since 1985

Photo: Jerry Speier, 2004.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Optimistic, intelligent, and resourceful

2. Describe ACRL in three words: Collegial, stimulating, and supportive

3. Why did you join ACRL? To work with others in pursuing my goal of empowering library users through the effective use of information

4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? College students and faculty are highly motivated to make the most effective use of the information resources we make available to them. Academic librarians equip students to influence their environments by teaching them how to synthesize information from a variety of sources into knowledge and power.

5. In your own words: I have been a member of ALA and ACRL for over thirty years. Those memberships and my participation in conferences have been an integral part of my professional development throughout these years. My ACRL contacts and interactions have made me a better librarian, and I hope my local experiences in a variety of situations have helped ALA and ACRL become more effective professional organizations.


    brett bonfield

Brett Bonfield
University of Pennsylvania
Lippincott Library of the Wharton School
Temple University Samuel S. Paley Library
Saint Joseph University's Francis A. Drexel Library Philadelphia, PA.
ACRL member since 2006

1. Describe yourself in three words: A real mensch.

2. Describe ACRL in three words: Prominent, valuable, hot.

3. Why did you join ACRL? I first joined because I thought it was unbelievably cool that ACRL booked John Waters as its keynote speaker for the 2007 convention in Baltimore. But I've become an active member because of the many bright, kind, and hardworking academic librarians I've met at ACRL events, and because I think the world of ACRL's publications, including ARCLog.

4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? It's gratifying to play an integral role in education and scholarship, especially when that role involves activities like teaching, learning, writing, and building things--the sort of activities I do even when no one is paying me to do them. Plus, selfishly, I just really love spending my days in academic libraries.

5. In your own words: We are working really, really hard and we're doing really, really good work. But we can and should be doing so much more.


    char booth

Char Booth
Reference & Instruction Librarian
Communication Bibliographer
Ohio University Libraries
Athens, OH
ACRL member since 2006

1. Describe yourself in three words: Ready, steady, go.

2. Describe ACRL in three words: Focused, collegial, necessary.

3. Why did you join ACRL? I joined this organization in order to participate in a professional development network that was specifically focused on academic librarianship. I have found that ACRL conferences, publications, and initiatives are of consistently high quality and are applicable to my daily practice as a university librarian.

4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? So many things that it's difficult to summarize. Engagement, creativity, and service are central to what we do, and I believe librarians are typically intellectual and progressive individuals. The benefits of the profession are enormous - on a daily basis I am able to see tangible results of my efforts to educate and inform, while my ultimate goal is to enable access and evaluation of information. In other words, it is difficult for me to imagine doing anything more productive with my time.

5. In your own words: That this is a contentious period for academic and research libraries can be seen as an opportunity rather than a barrier - now more than ever we have the opportunity to positively affect the tools and processes used to arrange, provide, and preserve knowledge as they evolve. It is critically important that we advocate for ourselves and our institutions while collaborating with other fields to improve information access and scholarly communication. Being put in the position to justify our value gives us the opportunity to redefine librarianship to our constituents. In so doing we can help them understand what the profession is truly about, which in my opinion has been a trade secret for too long.


    frank j. bove

Frank J. Bove
Assistant Professor of Bibliography
Electronic Resources Librarian
University Libraries
The University of Akron
Akron, Ohio
ACRL member since 2003

1. Describe yourself in three words: father, teacher, critical-thinker/problem-solver.

2. Describe ACRL in three words: service, community, professional development.

3. Why did you join ACRL? Quite honestly, I joined ACRL in order to connect to the professional academic library community. When I received my MLIS, I was employed at a university library in a support staff position and found it somewhat difficult to come by an interview for a ‘professional’ position without ‘professional’ experience (the ol’ "Catch 22"). ACRL offers invaluable networking and development opportunities. Within a year of joining ACRL, I accepted a tenure-track faculty position as an academic librarian.

4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? The students, of course! As librarians, we tend to be very service oriented and enjoy handing out fish, but there is something very magical and marvelous when students cast out their own lines.

5. In your own words:In a strange way one of our greatest American hobos sums it up for me: "...the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes ‘Awww!’" – Jack Kerouac.


    cecelia brown

Cecelia Brown
Associate Professor
School of Library and Information Studies
The University of Oklahoma
Norman, Oklahoma
ACRL member since 1997

1. Describe yourself in three words: Enthusiastic. Curious. Persistent.

2. Describe ACRL in three words: Innovative. Supportive. Vital.

3. Why did you join ACRL? I originally joined ACRL to network with others interested in academic librarianship but have since found the association to provide this and much more! ACRL has been an invaluable resource for information about current trends in information products and services for users in higher education. ACRL has also provided a window to the research findings concerning the information behavior of college and university faculty and students.

4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I value academic librarianship for its role in fostering and promoting information literacy across the curriculum. This work will ensure that graduates will be information savvy and therefore well poised to become engaged and productive members of society. Also, it is very rewarding and exciting to work collaboratively with a wide variety of scholars in the pursuit of the creation of new knowledge and understanding.

5. In your own words: This is a very exciting time to be an information professional in higher education! Perhaps the most challenging aspect of today’s burgeoning and highly complex digital information environment is effectively and efficiently meeting the information needs of the academic community. As information professionals in higher education it is our responsibility to conduct research to elucidate the information behavior of faculty members and students. The findings are key to gaining control of and providing access to the information that is essential for the support of research, teaching, and learning in college and university settings. Besides, studying how people find and use information is very interesting and fun!


    stephanie willen brown

Stephanie Willen Brown
The University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT
Simmons GSLIS
Mount Holyoke, MA
ACRL member since 2005

1. Describe yourself in three words: enthusiastic, impatient, talkative

2. Describe ACRL in three words: colleagues, information, podcasts

3. Why did you join ACRL? Because I wanted my own copy of ACRL College & Research Libraries News and to support the organization nationally and regionally.

4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? Teaching undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty how to make best use of the myriad resources available in the library. Working with colleagues to figure out how to best use new and existing technology to help our diverse patrons.

5. In your own words: I love being a librarian. I came to it as a second career and it's been a perfect fit for me. I work as a librarian and I also teach future librarians (part-time) for Simmons GSLIS. The combination of practicing the profession and teaching it to the next generation is exhilarating: I am forced to keep up with the literature and blogs on current activities of librarianship to inform my teaching, and this currency benefits my patrons and colleagues in my full-time work as well.

 


    john m. budd

John M. Budd
Professor and Associate Director
School of Information Science & Learning Technologies
University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia, MO 65211
Member since 1985

1. Describe yourself in three words: Inquisitive; teacher; different

2. Describe ACRL in three words: Vital; energizing; collegial

3. Why did you join ACRL? I joined ACRL when I was a student because I knew academic librarianship would be my career environment. I've always found higher education fascinating (if sometimes dysfunctional).

4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? The environment itself. It's an atmosphere of inquiry and learning, and people are excited about both.

5. In your own words: The world of higher education is never static. There are innumerable things to delve into—administration, economics, policy, politics—and all both affected and are affected by the library. There are some incredible people working in academic libraries, and ACRL provides an opportunity to get to know them.

 


    jennie burroughs

Jennie Burroughs
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
University of Montana
Missoula, MT
ACRL member since 2002

1. Describe yourself in three words: Creative, determined, user-focused

2. Describe ACRL in three words: Scholarly, stimulating, connected

3. Why did you join ACRL? I joined ACRL as one way to keep up with current issues in academic libraries and to network with and learn from librarians around the country.

4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I appreciate being able to work with students at a critical juncture in their intellectual development, when they are becoming fully immersed in new disciplines, critically exploring new ideas, and developing life-long interests. I also value the support within academic librarianship for pursuing library scholarship to expand our collective knowledge of information seeking and information structures.

5. In your own words: Librarianship generally, and academic librarianship specifically, calls for a love of learning and teaching. I love teaching people new and improved ways of finding and assessing information. In turn, they teach me something new every day by telling me about their current scholarly pursuits and creating situations where I must delve into a new subject to help them with their research—life-long learning for all involved.


    barbara butler

Barbara Butler
Loyd and Dorothy Rippey Library
Oregon Institute of Marine Biology
University of Oregon
Charleston, Oregon
ACRL member since 1995

1. Describe yourself in three words: Witty, busy, librarian

2. Describe ACRL in three words: Professional, informative, colleagues

3. Why did you join ACRL? ACRL has a lot to offer, but the single most compelling reason I joined was because ACRL's involvement in the scholarly publishing process and open access initiatives.

4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I like that I'm a part of the scientific process, that I get to teach others how to go about finding the information and answers they need, and that I have the opportunity to help influence our profession.

5. In your own words: Like many other librarians, this is not my first career and I work in a one-person remotely located field station library. What better way to keep abreast of developments in the profession than to be an active member and share experiences with ACRL colleagues working in academic libraries? There are so many developments in our field that our best chance of staying ahead of the curve is to learn from our peers and engage in cooperative projects.


    elizabeth "buffy" choinski

Elizabeth "Buffy" Choinski
Head of the Science Library
University of Mississippi Libraries
Oxford, MS
ACRL member since 1994

1. Describe yourself in three words: Decisive, curious, mentoring

2. Describe ACRL in three words: Professional, networking, service

3. Why did you join ACRL? The focus on professional academic librarianship is what appealed to me about ACRL. I wanted to, and have, benefited from the experiences shared by other academic librarians. The organization has also provided me with the opportunity to give back to the community through service.

4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? What I value most is the interaction I have with faculty, staff, and students in an intellectually stimulating environment.

5. In your own words: The best career for me is one in which I get to learn something new nearly every day. I love a new set of challenges. That is librarianship! I'm so lucky to have found a career that I find rewarding and that really suits me. I can't imagine doing anything else.


    angela courtney

Angela Courtney
Librarian for English and American Literature, Film Studies, and Philosophy
Herman B Wells Library
Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana
ACRL member for 7 years

1. Describe yourself in three words: Curious. Smart. Savvy.

2. Describe ACRL in three words: Collegial. Proactive. Important.

3. Why did you join ACRL? I became involved in the Literatures in English Section to learn more about how my counterparts at other universities handle the daily demands of their jobs. Now I have a supportive and essential cohort of colleagues from across the country. This national network fosters a vital camaraderie between unique individuals with similar responsibilities. The experiences and opinions shared through the section—at meetings, via the group email list, through programs and panels—prove invaluable to me every day.

4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I value the daily interactions with students and faculty, the sense of accomplishment when I can help. I also find great delight in contributing to the growth and maintenance of a world class literature collection that has been decades in the making.

5. In your own words: I think collection managers should be encouraged to develop collections that set the library apart from its peers in some way. In an environment full of approval plans and automatic shipments, a librarian should exercise the initiative to move the collection beyond standard holdings. Ideally inspired by faculty and student interest, a library's collection should exhibit a lively vitality that makes it unique.