Sterling Joseph Coleman, Jr.

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Describe yourself in three words

Prayerful, dedicated, hopeful.

What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)?

I am currently reading "White Fragility: Why It's So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism" by Robin Diangelo.

Describe ACRL in three words:

Engaging, fun, enlightening.

What do you value about ACRL?

I value the wide variety of committee and council memberships ACRL has offer. There is literally something for every ACRL member either to observe, to participate, or to lead.

What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus?

As an academic librarian, I contribute to my campus by working with our faculty to provide information literacy workshops designed to supplement their formal classroom instruction. I work with adjunct and tenured faculty to provide asynchronous and synchronous, in-person and remote, information literacy workshops that are customized to not only meet their instructional needs but also the informational needs of their students.

In your own words

My life as an academic/research librarian has not been an easy one. I've been denied tenure at one institution. And I received tenure but was denied promotion at another institution. But through it all, I have found that my faith, persistence and patience have been just as effective in my professional life as my various degrees and certifications.


Title:Director, Library Services

Workplace:Clark State College

Location:Springfield, OH