Meet Our Members

Last names (P-R)

Andrew K. Pace
Tatiana Pashkova
Josh Petrusa
Connie L. Phelps
Jessica Pigza
Julie Anne Portman
Marilyn R. Pukkila
Jon Purcell
Cristina D. Ramirez
Tom Reinsfelder
Debra C. Rollins
Loriene Roy
Stacy Russo


    andrew pace

Andrew K. Pace
North Carolina State University Libraries
Raleigh, NC
ACRL member since 2000

1. Describe yourself in three words: Persistent, Skeptical, Optimistic

2. Describe ACRL in three words: Dedicated, Qualified, Collegial

3. Why did you join ACRL? I am a firm believer in what academic libraries have to add to campuses, communities, and the world.

4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship?My colleagues. I'm working with the brightest people ever. And it's for a good cause.

5. In your own words: Being a systems librarian for a research library has got to be just about as good as it gets. I get to work with great colleagues, locally, nationally, and around the world, working in an area that I love in a profession for which I have such a great passion.


 

    tatiana pashkova

Tatiana Pashkova
Librarian
William Allen White Library
Emporia State University
Emporia, Kansas
ACRL member since 2004

1. Describe yourself in three words: Enthusiastic, willing to help, and smiling

2. Describe ACRL in three words: Straight-to the point, academic, exciting

3. Why did you join ACRL? My colleagues recommended I join ACRL and I have not regretted it a bit.

4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? We, librarians, have a great opportunity to guide and assist our students in enhancing their critical thinking and research skills. We are valuable in preparing them for their future.

5. In your own words: When I see a sparkle in students' eyes during instruction or a reference interview I feel that I made a small difference.


    josh petrusa

Josh Petrusa
Electronic Resources Librarian
Kreitzberg Library
Norwich University
Northfield, VT
ACRL member since 2007

1. Describe yourself in three words: Unpretentious, patient, daddy

2. Describe ACRL in three words: Network, resource, acronym

3. Why did you join ACRL? It seemed like the logical first step for what hopefully is a long career in academic libraries

4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? We really are here to help students and researchers uncover all the information they need to produce their own quality scholarship, which hopefully contributes to everyone's learning and moves our society forward. Playing a small part in the successes of a large number of scholars sounds very appealing to me.

5. In your own words: Aside from helping our patrons improve their own research, we in ACRL have our own role to play in doing the research that will improve our own profession. ACRL is full of such leaders, and I appreciate standing in the shadow of some of the giants in our field, frankly because I enjoy the shade.


    connie phelps

Connie L. Phelps
Social Sciences Librarian
Earl K. Long Library
University of New Orleans
New Orleans, LA
ACRL member since 1985

1. Describe yourself in three words: curious, dedicated, methodical

2. Describe ACRL in three words: networking, opportunities, colleagues

3. Why did you join ACRL? I joined ACRL to get involved in my profession’s organization, to meet other academic librarians, and to network with and learn from others in my profession. My membership and involvement in ACRL have fulfilled all of these reasons.

4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I value the learning environment and really enjoy assisting students and faculty by meeting their research needs through reference work, collection development, and instruction. I also value the need to keep furthering my own education. The many changes that have occurred in my 21+ years as an academic librarian and that will keep occurring in the future ensure that I will need to keep learning as long as I keep working.

5. In your own words: I have been an ACRL member for 21 years, and I have been active in ACRL sections for 15 years and counting. My professional involvement in ACRL has made me a better librarian. I have learned from the great programming and I have been enriched by my interaction with my fellow members.


      jessica pigza

Jessica Pigza
Librarian, General Research Division
New York Public Library--Humanities & Social Sciences Research Library
New York, NY
ACRL member since 2006

1. Describe yourself in three words: Lively. Dogged. Curious.

2. Describe ACRL in three words: Professional common ground.

3. Why did you join ACRL? I wanted to be a part of this community of professionals committed to the collections, the research, and the values of research libraries. I value the way that ACRL provides a structured means for research librarians with different perspectives to work together and support each other as we all work to meet our readers' needs.

4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? Research librarianship encourages us to think in the broadest of terms about our institutions' roles. A librarian here must preserve and make available materials from centuries past while also collecting with the needs of future researchers in mind. This work--considering both future and past, while working to meet the needs of researchers today--is complex and satisfying.

5. In your own words: I am grateful to work with encouraging colleagues who have provided me with opportunities to expand my responsibilities, learn new skills, and tackle new projects. I like to think of ACRL as a bigger supportive, professional environment, beyond the walls of my own library.


    julie anne portman

Julie Anne Portman
Technical Services Librarian
Fontbonne University Library
Saint Louis, MO
ACRL member since 2004

1. Describe yourself in three words: Resourceful, outgoing, quirky

2. Describe ACRL in three words: Strategic, vital, mentor

3. Why did you join ACRL? Being new to the profession of librarianship, I look toward those who have gone before me for guidance and knowledge. I can't think of a more informative organization or more professional climate than ACRL to acquire guidance and current information on relevant academic library issues.

4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? What I value most about academic librarianship is the vibrant atmosphere of learning and development. While I am a librarian and assistant professor with teaching responsibilities, I feel that in many ways I am still a student with much to learn as well as to teach. I am very grateful to work with the students, staff and faculty from whom I gain so much.

5. In your own words: As an undergrad, I suffered from "lifestyles of the young and aimless," unable to focus on one discipline for longer than one semester. After graduation, I missed the dynamic university environment. Librarianship allowed me to return to the intellectually stimulating university setting.


    marilyn r. pukkila

Marilyn R. Pukkila
Head of Instructional Services
Colby College Libraries
Waterville, Maine
ACRL member since 1992

1. Describe yourself in three words: Non-traditional. Passionate. Teacher.

2. Describe ACRL in three words: Network. Collaboration. Development.

3. Why did you join ACRL? The field of academic librarianship is vast and fluid. I need links to a professional organization that will allow me to develop new skills and work wisely with the changes.

4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? Academic librarianship places me at the heart of teaching, learning, and scholarship. Where else would I want to be?

5. In your own words: I have noticed lately how very few of my friends are really happy in their work. I have a job that I love, that pays me well, and that allows me to have a profound and positive impact on the world. It doesn't get much better than that!


    jon purcell

Jon Purcell
Director of Library Services
University Library
St. Andrews University
Scotland
ACRL member since 2006

1. Describe yourself in three words: Northern Irish, enthusiastic, optimistic

2. Describe ACRL in three words: enterprising, stimulating, info rich

3. Why did you join ACRL? I've always been impressed with the quality of writing and the verve of College & Research Libraries News and when a few of my UK friends and colleagues mentioned that they had joined the American Library Association and valued their membership, I thought 'Why not me'? ACRL was the logical next step.

4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I revel in the challenge of improving and developing library and information services to our student and research community, enabling them to use information resources more effectively and become information literate. Basically, making a difference!

5. In your own words: I'm Jon Purcell, Director of Library Services at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Our University is Scotland's first, founded in 1411 and the Library dates back to 1620 so it's a very special place for me to work. Golfers will also know St Andrews as the home of golf and although I don't play myself, thousands of golfers visit and enjoy our town.


    cristina ramirez

Cristina D. Ramirez
Collection Librarian for Social & Behavioral Sciences
James Branch Cabell Library
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, Virginia
ACRL member since 2003

1. Describe yourself in three words: dynamic, analytic, multidisciplinary

2. Describe ACRL in three words: knowledge, resources, connections

3. Why did you join ACRL? ACRL feels like a home within ALA. As an academic librarian, this organization explores issues that I am interested in and that affect the whole university community. It offers a national-level network of colleagues that bring depth and breadth of knowledge through its thousands of members. Also, the list serv and publications allow me to learn about new opportunities and keep up with emerging trends and issues. ACRL addresses timely ideas and topics such as advocacy and continuing education. It also affords numerous professional opportunities.

4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? As an academic librarian, I have the opportunity to play a key role in the dissemination of scholarly knowledge across various disciplines. I am able to participate in collaborative initiatives with other librarians and academic faculty, supporting both existing and emerging academic programs. Academic librarians experiment and use new technologies to promote and share resources and information with diverse patrons. Academic libraries are exciting workplaces because of the dynamic changes in higher education and the uses and integration of technology in both teaching and scholarship.

5. In your own words: As a new member of the profession, I am excited to participate in an ever-changing library world. I bring a multidisciplinary perspective having degrees in psychology, philosophy and Middle Eastern studies. As a Hispanic woman, I bring to the profession a multi-lingual and multi-cultural perspective which allows me to participate in the formulation of new ways to collect and disseminate information in response to major demographic changes in the United States. ACRL offers many ways to explore the changes taking place in academic libraries and to learn from those who have contributed so much to the profession.


    tom reinsfelder

Tom Reinsfelder
Reference / Instruction Librarian
Penn State University - Mont Alto
ACRL member since 2004

1. Describe yourself in three words: Curious. Lifetime Learner.

2. Describe ACRL in three words: Education. Support. Networking.

3. Why did you join ACRL? I joined ACRL soon after becoming a librarian in order to become better educated about the profession and as a way to keep up with the ongoing issues within our field. Publications, conferences, and email contacts from ACRL all provide methods of communication that are essential to move our profession forward.

4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship?
I value the challenge of the information seeking process and the never ending opportunity to learn something new while working among students and scholars. I also appreciate the willingness of librarians to share knowledge and resources with each other. Much of the work of ACRL would not be possible without the contributions of librarians from all locations and backgrounds.

5. In your own words: As academic librarians and educators, we have the opportunity to help students realize that with the right tools, it is possible to find answers to questions about anything, even if it isn't found by Google. That's a powerful and life changing ability to possess. Libraries are also facing challenges in so many different areas as the world around us continues to change. While some things like the mission to provide access to information may always remain stable, others practices will not. I am looking forward to the many changes that await us in the future.



    debra rollins

Debra C. Rollins
Reference and Instruction Librarian
Coordinator for Information Literacy Outreach
Louisiana State University at Alexandria
Alexandria, LA
ACRL member since 2002

1. Describe yourself in three words: Committed, Creative, Constructive

2. Describe ACRL in three words: Collaborative, Comprehensive, Confusing

3. Why did you join ACRL? I joined in order to be part of conversations about information literacy in higher education. Since I am at a smaller institution I specifically wanted to take part in the College Library Section conversations and initiatives.

4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? The opportunities it provides to contribute to initiatives that develop students' information literacy. I consider this the single most important learning outcome for undergraduates and librarianship gives me an opportunity to be a standard-bearer for information literacy.

5. In your own words: I am excited to see more academic librarians, especially in smaller institutions, taking advantage of the growing appreciation of the active contribution that library services (not just "the library building") makes to the academic program. I think this change represents a platform from which academic libraries can build and grow in this century; accepting this change may be the key to our survival as a unit of our institutions.


    loriene roy

Loriene Roy
Professor
School of Information
The University of Texas at Austin
ACRL member since 2006

1. Describe yourself in three words: Indigenous, Gemini, female

2. Describe ACRL in three words: Solid, supportive, forward-thinking

3. Why did you join ACRL? To keep abreast of concerns of academic librarians; help inform the graduate classes that I teach.

4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? Their responsiveness to their student and faculty populations; their advances in creating information commons and information literacy

5. In your own words: What does the future hold for academic and research libraries? We face multiple futures. Academic libraries will continue to serve as leaders in campus information provision.


    stacy russo

Stacy Russo
Instruction Librarian
Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange, California
ACRL member since 2003

1. Describe yourself in three words: Seeking, reading, creating

2. Describe ACRL in three words: Collegial, fun, supportive

3. Why did you join ACRL? I joined ACRL while in library school upon the advice of a librarian. She recommended I remain current by "reading about the profession" and showed me C&RL and C&RL News. While filling out my ACRL membership materials, I discovered the Women's Studies Section (WSS). I became involved with WSS by volunteering to maintain the spirituality list for the Women's Studies Core Books Project (http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/ACRLWSS/). My commitment to WSS grew as a member of the Membership Committee and later as the newsletter editor. Being a part of this dynamic and supportive group of librarians has been amazing.

4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I value the academic library as a place of discovery, research, and reflection. I enjoy the opportunity to work with students and provide resources, programs, and services that support the creative and intellectual life of the community.

5. In your own words: I can't think of a better career than being an academic librarian. Not only are the day-to-day activities rewarding, but the opportunities for continued learning, professional activity, and creative/scholarly work are true bonuses. I have found my home.