Meet Our Members

(Last names J-L)

Millie Jackson
Michelle Jacobs
Sarah H. Jeong
Mary Ann Jones
Frances G. Kaufmann
Laura F. Keyes
Catherine A. Lee

    millie jackson
photo by Jennifer Deming

Dr. Millie Jackson
Head of Collection Development
Robert Manning Strozier Library
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL
ACRL member since 1997

1. Describe yourself in three words: Curious, creative, enthusiastic

2. Describe ACRL in three words: Network, professional, opportunity

3. Why did you join ACRL? I joined ACRL during my first year as a professional librarian. Many of the librarians where I was working were involved in a chapter of ACRL and it was a wonderful opportunity to network and meet colleagues and to learn more about the profession. I have found a valuable community of colleagues in ACRL who are willing to discuss the same issues I am thinking about and who are trying to solve the same problems I am facing.

4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? The receptivity to change and innovation in ways we deliver information. Assisting faculty and students requires knowledge of new resources as well as traditional resources. I am surrounded by colleagues who are well versed in both. I find it exciting and challenging to work in a library at this moment in time.

5. In your own words: In the decade since I have become an academic librarian, I have witnessed tremendous change. The opportunities for using technology to deliver information to our users continue to expand and change. I foresee more opportunities for librarians to become leaders and innovators with the changes taking place in scholarly communication and the field of publishing. Our challenge is to keep up with the changes, integrate them into our services, and teach faculty and students how to effectively use all that is available in their research and scholarship.

    michelle jacobs

Michelle Jacobs
Instruction Librarian
University of California, Merced
ACRL member since 2003

1. Describe yourself in three words: energetic, motivated, optimistic

2. Describe ACRL in three words: evolving, academic, knowledgeable

3. Why did you join ACRL?  When I first joined ALA and attended the annual conference, I sat in on a few meetings for the ACRL Instruction Section. I was really excited to be around such a forward thinking group of librarians. I joined ACRL and applied to be an intern for the Teaching Methods Committee.

4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I value the impact we can have on the students and faculty that we work with. I still get excited when showing undergraduates how to find a perfect source for their paper or when teaching a legacy faculty member about recent changes in scholarly communication. Academic librarianship is in a constant state of flux, the needs of our population change daily. I love the challenge of staying up-to-date on emerging technologies, changes in fair use and intellectual property law and the ways we communicate.

5. In your own words: The academic library is changing. It is no longer just the quite space to study, filled with books and subject specialists. The library has a strong virtual presence and its librarians transcend the boundaries of the physical building. We work with students and faculty in MySpace, Facebook, IM and text messaging. Services that were once available only to those who came into the building are now available to an even wider campus audience. I think the sense of anonymity that some of these digital communications provide, brings in students who we never may have seen at the reference desk. By reaching out to this generation of students in a way that they are familiar with makes them more comfortable with us. I am hoping we have seen the end of the tight bunned shushing librarian and are at the dawning of the laptop toting, cell phone text messaging Information Superhero!

    sarah jeong

Sarah H. Jeong
Research & Instruction Librarian-Sciences
Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC
ACRL member since 2004

1. Describe yourself in three words: inquisitive, dedicated, creative

2. Describe ACRL in three words: collegial, thought-provoking, advocates

3. Why did you join ACRL? I joined ACRL to advance my knowledge of the field of academic librarianship and network with colleagues from across the United States.

4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I value the educational mission of academic librarianship. I enjoy helping students learn and helping faculty with their research endeavors.

5. In your own words: Academic librarianship is the perfect career choice for me. I truly enjoy working in an intellectually stimulating environment where I am constantly learning new things. One of the greatest joys in my work as an academic librarian is seeing our students read the books which I select for our library; I feel as if I am making a small, yet significant contribution to their education.


    mary ann jones

Mary Ann Jones
Electronic Serials Librarian
Thesis and Dissertation Supervisor
Mississippi State University Libraries
Mississippi State, MS
ACRL member since 2006

1. Describe yourself in three words: motivated, passionate, change-agent

2. Describe ACRL in three words: progressive, collaborative, advocate

3. Why did you join ACRL? I joined ACRL to enhance my professional development in issues and concerns for academic librarianship and to be a part of an organization that values my skills in understanding the academic environment. Being a part of ACRL gives me the accessibility to focus my professional growth to the specialized area of academia. My membership and involvement in ACRL will also afford me the opportunity to network with fellow academic librarians and, in so doing, further enhance my professional knowledge and skills.

4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I value the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our students. My passion is user satisfaction with the library services we offer and the ability of those services to make a difference in the academic accomplishments of those we serve.

5. In your own words: I chose librarianship because I was influenced by my mother's ability to affect the lives of others through her career as a librarian. I chose academic librarianship because I love the academic environment and wanted to affect the academic lives of the students and faculty I serve. This is a great time to be in our profession; we are progressive and ever-changing in the areas of technology and access, yet still constant in our beliefs and foundations. As a new librarian I want to make a difference in the academic accomplishments of those I serve daily, but I also want to make a difference in the profession as a whole by contributing my thoughts about how to best affect the lives of those around us. We must be bold as we push our profession forward and advocate for the value of the services we provide. Our strength is our service to others; we must not forget we are a service profession and remain steadfast as we stand up for the value we provide our community of users.

    frances g. kaufmann

Frances G. Kaufmann
Assistant Director of Libraries
Union County College
Cranford, NJ 07016
ACRL member since 1984

1. Describe yourself in three words: enthusiastic, inquisitive, doer

2. Describe ACRL in three words: advocacy, professional development, networking

3. Why did you join ACRL? I joined ACRL 22 years ago to keep up with developments in academic librarianship. At that time I never imagined that technology would change our work so rapidly and so dramatically.

4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I love working with college students. Their enthusiasm and curiosity is infectious. It keeps me young at heart. I enjoy working with diverse student populations and learning about their plans and hopes for the future. It is gratifying to plan and implement library services that help them on their paths to success in college and in life.

5. In your own words: My membership in ACRL has been extremely valuable in keeping me current about the latest developments in the field and helping me to prepare for what's ahead, be it effectively using new technology or dealing with difficult issues. Because of national and local programs sponsored by ACRL and its chapters, I am a more informed and more effective librarian. My involvement with the local chapter in New Jersey has enhanced my leadership skills. In addition, I have had the privilege of working with and getting to know a wonderful group of smart, caring and dedicated academic librarians.

    laura keyes

Laura F. Keyes
School of Library and Information Science
University of Wisconsin - Madison
ACRL member since 2007

1. Describe yourself in three words: reflective, passionate, and helpful

2. Describe ACRL in three words: diverse, helpful, extensive

3. Why did you join ACRL? To meet more people with the same passions as me; to learn more about academia

4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? We are teaching people while learning at the same time.

5. In your own words: I look forward to a career as an academic librarian so that I can continue my love of learning.

      catherine a. lee

Catherine A. Lee
Library Director
Wesleyan College
Macon, Georgia
ACRL member since 1994

1. Describe yourself in three words: Proactive, collegial, engaged

2. Describe ACRL in three words: Connections, outreach, professional

3. Why did you join ACRL? Like most academic librarians, I joined for several reasons. The most important reason is to network with my peers—at conferences and through committee work. Through ACRL, I can connect, contribute, and stay current.

4. What do you value about academic librarianship? I value being part of a vibrant and dynamic community, both on my campus and in the profession. The opportunities that I have to contribute to the teaching and learning process make academic librarianship a fulfilling and intellectually stimulating career.

5. In your own words: A profession, much like a college education, is all the better for what you put in to it. Librarians, like students, who work, read, study, listen, learn, question, and contribute, will thrive.