Describe yourself in three words

Bold, precise, experimental.

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

For my own professional development, I’ve been reading "Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well" by Doug Stone & Sheila Heen from the Harvard Negotiation Project. The authors offer tools and framework for receiving feedback even when it is poorly communicated or feels unfair. I’ve also been loving the immersive short stories in "Filthy Animals" by Brandon Taylor. His work reads like he’s a spiritual grandson of James Baldwin.

Describe ACRL in three words:

Simply the best.

What do you value about ACRL?

I value the collective wisdom and resourcefulness of the membership. ACRL is the largest association of academic librarians. That means that there are thousands of us working to solve similar problems. Personally, I’ve been educated and inspired by the work that ACRL members share through their presentations, publications, and during conferences. ACRL has given me access to a vast professional network of colleagues who I can call if I ever need help. I’ve met collaborators, mentors, and mentees through this association, and I am truly grateful to be a member.

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

I provide critical support for teaching, learning, and research. As my library’s communication and technology leader, my job is to come up with strategies to solve problems to improve or elevate the position of the library in the lives of the students, faculty, staff, and community members on my campus. This work has manifested in my research into how students use library space, a library renovation, instructional technology pilots, and improvements to many public-facing technological systems. I work with incredible leaders and amazing staff who always push our library towards continuous improvement.

In your own words

The realities of being an academic/research librarian today are so different than ideas I had about it when I completed the LIS program almost 12 years ago. An academic librarian is a jack of all trades, and it can feel like there are new trades to learn every day. So many of us are actively working to shape the future of the field by pushing boundaries and expanding the definition of library services. This work is challenging, and that’s why we need communities like ACRL. We need spaces beyond our campuses to workshop big ideas and get others involved.

Credentials:he/him/his

Title:Associate Dean for Communication and Technology

Workplace:IUPUI

Location:Indianapolis, IN