Meet Our Members
(Last name S)
Shari A. Salisbury
Reference Services Coordinator
The University of Texas at San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
ACRL member since 2004
1. Describe yourself in three words: positive, intelligent, proactive
2. Describe ACRL in three words: scholarly, professional, connected
3. Why did you join ACRL? I am relatively new to academic librarianship and I felt ACRL would provide me with the tools, continuing education opportunities, and occasions to network and get involved that would help me grow in the profession.
4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I value the opportunity to work with students and faculty in an intellectually stimulating environment, helping to connect them with the information they are seeking. I enjoy having a variety of responsibilities in reference, instruction, and collection development.
5. In your own words: I have a job that I find stimulating and challenging in an environment where I feel that I can make a positive contribution to our patrons, my colleagues, and our institution. What more can one ask?
Instructional Services Librarian
Mary Norton Clapp Library
Los Angeles, CA
ACRL member since 2003
1. Describe yourself in three words: Enthusiastic information mentor
2. Describe ACRL in three words: IM's best resource
3. Why did you join ACRL? As a new Instructional Services Librarian in an academic setting, ACRL is an essential tool in my professional toolkit. To continue learning and growing as a librarian, I need to avail myself of the profession's best human and information resources! Membership in ACRL assures and facilitates access to them.
4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? Being at the center of inquiry, connecting individuals and information.
5. In your own words: This is an unbelievably exciting time to be a librarian. No matter the task, the issue, or the challenge, I have found my fellow librarians to be tireless, principled, and unbelievably creative. Librarians wade in, sort out, and speak up. Librarians do whatever needs doing. And in today's information rich, technologically driven world, there's a lot that needs doing. I am so pleased to be sailing into the future in your company!
Carolyn A. Sheehy
Clare and Lucy Oesterle Director of Library Services
Director of Institutional Assessment and Accreditation
North Central College
ACRL member since 1988
1. Describe yourself in three words: Conscientious, dependable, dedicated
2. Describe ACRL in three words: Engaging, encouraging, supportive
3. Why did you join ACRL? Early in my career, I was active in three ALA divisions, one of which was ACRL. As my career progressed and became more clearly identified with college libraries, I withdrew from the other two divisions and focused my professional energies in ACRL. I have never regretted that decision. Working on various ACRL projects with colleagues from a variety of academic libraries has been both stimulating and rewarding.
4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I value the opportunity to work with faculty, staff, and students to advance an enterprise committed to higher education and lifelong learning.
5. In your own words: For a number of years, I was actively engaged in promoting another revision of Books for College Libraries. I am thrilled about the forthcoming publication of Resources for College Libraries.
Professor, Coordinator of the Library and Information Technology Program
College of DuPage
Glen Ellyn, IL
ACRL member for 8 years
1. Describe yourself in three words: Energetic, devoted, passionate
2. Describe ACRL in three words: Brings us together :)
3. Why did you join ACRL? To give back to my profession. To actually get some things done! To make progress on a national level. I have been able to do with through the Library Technical Assistant Education Committee of CJCLS. I have done a national study of Library Technology training programs. We have a working group of directors of these programs from across the country. I have been able to serve as the liaison to CJCLS on the Committee on Education, which has been an honor.
4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I value the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the students we serve. So many of them say "I had no idea that librarians could help me with these things!"
5. In your own words: I am fortunate to be in a profession that allows me to help connect people with the information that they need to make their lives better. This is truly a dream job. I have never worked with in a profession that is so attuned to change and open to flexibility. I have been able to make a difference in my profession through Soaring to Excellence, our national teleconference training series. What keeps me going is the incredible sharing spirit of librarians from all types of libraries. My students (sometimes) walk out of my classes saying "librarians are awesome" It doesn't get any better than that.
New York, NY
ACRL member since 2006
1. Describe yourself in three words: Dedicated. Active. Learner.
2. Describe ACRL in three words: Professional. Engaged. Forward-thinking.
3. Why did you join ACRL? During my previous graduate work in Archaeology, I gained firsthand experience of the value of professional associations. When I decided to pursue my MLIS, joining ACRL was a logical step on my path to academic librarianship.
4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I appreciate the public service side of academic libraries, and the opportunities that reference and instruction provide to have a positive impact on student success. I'm also interested in the possibilities and challenges of scholarship in an increasingly digital world. I look forward to the potential for lifelong learning that I'm certain a career in academic librarianship will include.
5. In your own words: The ways we create and disseminate information are changing -- fast. Academic librarians play a critical role in shaping these processes and ensuring that information literate students are prepared for the future. I'm excited to be joining the profession at such an interesting time.
Susan Sharpless Smith
Head, Information Technology
Z. Smith Reynolds Library
Wake Forest University
ACRL member since 2004
1. Describe yourself in three words: Inquisitive, collaborative, forward-thinking
2. Describe ACRL in three words: Vision, service, learning
3. Why did you join ACRL? As I became active in ALA, I found that the ACRL mission most closely matched my various interests. The volunteer opportunities provided a chance to contribute to the profession.
4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I particularly like the combination of working with faculty scholarship and undergraduate learning. Although they might seem to be at opposite ends of the spectrum, I find that it is intriguing to develop technology solutions to meet the needs of both constituent groups.
5. In your own words: I entered librarianship as a second career and have found limitless opportunity for personal and professional growth in the last 15 years. I found a good match in academic librarianship and coupled that with my passion for integrating technology into the educational experience. It’s been rewarding.
Franklin & Marshall College
ACRL member since 1985
1. Describe yourself in three words: traveler, organized, smiley
2. Describe ACRL in three words: networking, community, support
3. Why did you join ACRL? When I became an academic librarian I joined a profession. People in professions join associations to meet with kindred spirits and to further their common interests. ACRL is the professional association for academic and research librarians.
4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? Large, small, private, public, residential, commuter - academic librarians share similar values and experience similar problems. I find our diverse commonality stimulating and rewarding.
5. In your own words: I've been an academic librarian since my twenties. During each decade of my career (and there have been 4 for those of you who are counting), I've found a home for my professional interests in ACRL. More significantly, I've made lifelong friends through my involvement with ACRL committees and sections. I can hardly wait to retire and "library-hop" the country.
Cynthia K. Steinhoff
Director of the Library
Anne Arundel Community College
ACRL member since 1993
1. Describe yourself in three words: Organized, involved, dedicated
2. Describe ACRL in three words: Dynamic, valuable, responsive
3. Why did you join ACRL? I joined ACRL for many reasons – to network with colleagues from all types of libraries, to take advantage of professional development activities, to work to better the profession.
4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? Working at a community college affords me the opportunity to meet a wide range of people. In one day, I may work with a "typical" 18-year-old college freshman, a high school student taking an advanced placement class, a mother returning to college after her youngest child starts school, and an adult who is changing careers. It’s never dull!
5. In your own words: The entire college community was excited when we learned that Truxal Library at Anne Arundel Community College had been named one of ACRL’s "Excellence in Academic Libraries" award recipients in 2002. I still have the voice mail message that our President left for me when she heard we had won the award. A banner announcing the award still hangs in the main staircase in the library and we made a scrapbook of the congratulatory messages that we received from students, faculty, staff, elected officials, and members of the community. The celebration of our award was a major event on the campus that year.
Christine A. Stempinski
Assistant Director for Public Services
University of Houston - Downtown
ACRL member since 2004
1. Describe yourself in three words: Creative, eclectic, open-minded
2. Describe ACRL in three words: Networking, resources, experience
3. Why did you join ACRL? ACRL is the premier professional organization for academic and research librarians. By joining it, I expect to be able to stay abreast of issues, cutting edge trends and solutions in academic librarianship. Most of all, I look forward to the chance to network, share ideas, and learn from the insights and experiences of peers that I meet through membership in the Association.
4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? More than anything, I value scholarly research and the opportunities librarianship provides to become involved by identifying, locating and providing access to appropriate resources, based on professional skills and experience. Academic librarians are the critical nexus between students, faculty and researchers on the one hand, and information resources, on the other. Our jobs are to provide stewardship of and access to scholarly resources, and I find the pinpointing of useful and apt resources especially stimulating and satisfying.
5. In your own words: I'm still a quotation in the making.