Meet Our Members

(Last names M-O)

Thura Mack
Trina Magi
Melissa Mallon
Kristen Mastel
Angela McMillian
Alanna Aiko Moore
Eric Lease Morgan
Joe Murphy
David C. Murray

    thura mack

Thura Mack
Training Librarian
University of Tennessee Libraries
Knoxville, TN
First joined ACRL in 1994

1. Describe yourself in three words: determined, enthusiastic, inspirational

2. Describe ACRL in three words: resourceful, professional, cutting-edge

3. Why did you join ACRL? For professional growth and enrichment

4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? The research and teaching components

5. In your own words: The profession is in its most exciting season

    trina magi

Trina Magi
Library Associate Professor
Bailey/Howe Library
University of Vermont
ACRL member since 1997

1. Describe yourself in three words: Seeker, activist, teacher

2. Describe ACRL in three words: Answers, ideas, conversations

3. Why did you join ACRL? To stay current on issues, connected with my peers, and competent in my skills through conferences, publications, and networking opportunities.

4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I most value the rewarding interactions I have with students, faculty, and staff, and the fact that my work is an important link in the chain of knowledge creation.

5. In your own words: As a person who loves asking and answering questions, I really believe librarianship is my dream job. Every reference question and every library instruction session is a unique collaboration, and I treasure the opportunities for learning and discovery they bring.

    melissa mallon

Melissa Mallon
Library Instruction Coordinator/Reference Librarian
Owen Library
University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Johnstown, PA
ACRL member since 2005

1. Describe yourself in three words: Compassionate, open-minded, organized

2. Describe ACRL in three words: Essential, reliable, progressive

3. Why did you join ACRL? I knew almost immediately in graduate school that I wanted to be a part of an association that fosters collegiality and communication among academic librarians. ACRL is definitely that group! Since joining, I've gained insights into this profession that I can always carry with me.

4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I love learning new things and being in an environment where this trait is supported 100%. I know that good research skills are vitally important for college students and I feel lucky to have a job that is so connected to the lifelong learning process (for both the students and me!).

5. In your own words: While I believe that academic librarianship is very dynamic, I think the heart of the profession stays the same. Whether we're providing print journals and original manuscripts to traditional scholars or e-books and podcasts to tech savvy first-year students, we always have the same goal: to provide consistent, equal access to information. I hope this goal never changes.

    kristen mastel

Kristen Mastel
Reference Librarian
Minneapolis, MN
ACRL member since 2007

1. Describe yourself in three words: Curious, empathetic, questioner

2. Describe ACRL in three words: Academic, collaborative, learning

3. Why did you join ACRL? I joined ACRL because academic librarianship is the path I wanted to pursue after library school.  Since then I learned that ACRL provides a wonderful network of colleagues to lean on and learn from. ACRL also allows early professionals to have a voice within the academic community through various committees and volunteer opportunities. 

4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship?  I appreciate the hard-working nature of all library staff to better the global community's information wants and needs. 

5. In your own words: I consider myself lucky to have realized my career path early in life, and look forward to providing and creating services to the users (known and unknown) through creative means; ones that have not been developed or brought into fruition within libraries. 

    angela mcmillian

Angela McMillian
Library of Congress
Washington, D.C.
ACRL member since 2007

1. Describe yourself in three words: motivated, determined, hardworking

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

3. Why did you join ACRL? I joined ACRL as a student because I wanted to learn from other professional librarians who have more knowledge and experience in the academic/research area of librarianship.

4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I value research librarianship because I'm able to assist students and researchers with their assignments and research projects. I'm able to leave my job at the end of the day fulfilled because I have helped someone complete an assignment or locate an item for a project.

5. In your own words: Librarianship all by itself is compelling yet enriching.

    aika moore

Alanna Aiko Moore
Sociology, Ethnic Studies, and Gender Studies Librarian
Social Science and Humanities Library
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA
ACRL member since 2005

1. Describe yourself in three words: Enthusiastic. Passionate. Activist.

2. Describe ACRL in three words: Innovative. Collaborative. Connections.

3. Why did you join ACRL? I joined ACRL through ALA’s Spectrum Scholarship program. The Spectrum Scholarship program is ALA's national diversity and recruitment effort that addresses the under-representation of ethnic librarians in the profession by awarding scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students. Spectrum Scholars receive a financial scholarship to help defray tuition costs and also receive professional development opportunities. One of these professional development opportunities was a complimentary year-long membership to ACRL.

The complimentary membership allowed me to become familiar with and involved in ACRL while I was still in graduate school. I had not yet determined what career path I would take, but was encouraged by librarians I had met through ACRL to apply for positions at academic libraries. My involvement in ACRL has increased as I have discovered specialized areas of interest. I currently serve on two ACRL committees: the Instruction Section (IS) Teaching Methods Committee and the Instruction and Anthropology and Sociology Section (ANSS) Information Literacy Committee.

As an organization, ACRL addresses timely issues and emerging trends through their conferences, publications and listservs. I have also connected with a network of colleagues and been able to take advantage of professional development opportunities like the ACRL Institute for Information Literacy Immersion Program.

4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? Academic librarianship is about a commitment to public service, student success, faculty research and life-long learning. As academic librarians, we have the ability to positively impact students, staff and faculty by providing stellar resources and by being responsive to student and faculty needs.

At the University of California, San Diego, many of the academic departments we serve are incredibly interdisciplinary. It is exciting to locate research and scholarship that span many areas of study, and to work with colleagues who value teamwork and are experts in their field. In addition, I enjoy having opportunities to collaborate with both faculty and student services to build programs and community outside of the physical library building.

5. In your own words: Librarians are passionate about and dedicated to their profession. I am passionate about helping our students learn through information literacy initiatives, and ACRL has offered many workshops, books and trainings dedicated to this very topic. I especially enjoy reaching out to under-served populations and first-generation college students. I am also dedicated to working to make the profession more diverse. Census data shows that the population of the United States is changing, which means the student body of our educational institutions will also change. It is imperative that we work to ensure that our staff and collections reflect the communities that we serve. Initiatives like the Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians from Traditionally Under-represented Groups and ALA’s Spectrum Scholarship are two cutting-edge programs that have contributed to the success and leadership of many librarians from diverse backgrounds in the profession.

      eric lease morgan

Eric Lease Morgan
Head, Digital Access and Information Architecture Department
University Libraries of Notre Dame
South Bend, Indiana
ACRL member since 1990

1. Describe yourself in three words: Librarian. Geek. Artist.

2. Describe ACRL in three words: Librarianship. Academic. Organization.

3. Why did you join ACRL? I joined ARCL for professional development opportunities.

4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I value the the exploration and creation of new ideas and knowledge.

5. In your own words: I believe there are extraordinary opportunities for librarianship these days, more so than ever before. With the advent of globally networked information there are absolutely huge potentials for creating collections and services making it easier for students, teachers, and scholars to do learning, teaching, and research. Let's not get hung up on the medium of data, information, and knowledge; libraries are not about books. Libraries are about the things inside the books and making those things easier to access and use.

    joe murphy

Joe Murphy
Librarian and Technology Consultant
Library and Information Services
Kenyon College
Gambier, Ohio
ACRL member since 1999

1. Describe yourself in three words: Confident. Funny. Committed.

2. Describe ACRL in three words: Focused. Current. Practical.

3. Why did you join ACRL? ALA provides the wide-ranging resources which keep me in touch with the vast reach of libraries and information policy in our society. ACRL brings it all back home with a focus on the academic environment where I spend every day.

4. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? An academic library is like a diving board. It starts with providing the ladder, where students can get assistance in starting their climb (whether or not they really want to go). At the top, it's a flexible springboard, where the student's effort combines with the resources to make something new and beautiful. Providing the services and infrastructure for that process of becoming is a wonderful reason to come to work every day.

5. In your own words: We've known for years that libraries, as places and ideas, give people the warm fuzzies, whether or not they actually use them. Our next challenge is to prove that librarian values... equality of access, wide-ranging and open investigation, creative use of our cultural heritage, "preserving the graphic record of society"... are American values, and that they deserve tangible support. Academic librarians are uniquely poised to enhance this discussion, both in our particular institutions and in our wider society.

    david c. murray

David C. Murray
Reference Librarian for History
Temple University Libraries
Philadelphia, PA
ACRL member for 6 years

1. Describe yourself in three words: Patient. Teacher. Academic.

2. Describe ACRL in three words: Professionalism. Opportunities. Peer-sharing.

3. Why did you join ACRL? I joined ACRL, as many probably do, for the opportunity to network and learn from my peers. My involvement increased in 2006, when I participated in ACRL's wonderful Information Literacy Immersion Program. In truth, I haven't yet begun to tap all the benefits of ACRL membership.

4. What you value about academic librarianship? I value greatly my working relationship with students. The synergy between student and librarian during a successful user education session or research consultation simply can't be beat. Both parties can learn and be tremendously enriched by the experience. The opportunity to fully participate in, and hopefully even enrich, the life of an academic community is also a great privilege.

5. In your own words: I've been a student of ancient Mexico for well over a decade. It was my good fortune to become involved in the field during a time when so many incredible advances and discoveries were being made, not least of which was the decipherment, over the last few decades, of the ancient Maya script. Put another way, studying the civilizations of ancient Mexico today is probably a lot like being an Egyptologist during the Napoleon or Howard Carter eras. Primarily because of the almost unimagined advances in information technology, librarianship seems to me to be in a similar state of almost giddy flux. We have hardly begun to process the implications of digital access to scholarly content. No one can really say which new disruptive technology will next emerge to once again transform our profession. Could there be a more exciting time to be an academic librarian?