Featured Member: Susan Erickson

Susan Erickson
 is Director of Hofheimer Library, Virginia Wesleyan College, Norfolk, VA.

What are you reading or listening to today?
I am just finishing Book of Ages: the Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore and I am also reading Ken Bain’s What the Best College Students Do.

What’s the best part of your work day?
The best part of my work day is when I see a staff member accomplish a goal or learn something new. I enjoy helping people develop their potential.

What are you most excited about right now (library-related or otherwise)?
I am excited about participating in the next cohort of ACRL’s Assessment in Action program. Beyond the library, I am enjoying spending time in my garden now that spring is finally here!

How has your membership in CLS helped you?
I have been involved in ALA for over a decade, but I am relatively new to CLS. This past year I participated in the College Library Director Mentoring Program and I have recently been connected with a colleague through the new “Your Research Coach” program. The collib-l listserv is a resource I use on a daily basis, both learning from the advice of others and sharing my own experiences in response to colleagues’ questions. CLS provides great opportunities to connect with colleagues, to learn together, and to build relationships to support what we do day to day and into the future as we grow professionally.

Contact Susan at serickson@vwc.edu

Featured Member: Caroline Reed

Caroline Reed
is Director of Research, Instruction and Outreach Services, Jane Bancroft Cook Library, New College of Florida, Sarasota, FL. 

What are you reading or listening to today?
I am reviewing an article 
written by two colleagues.

What’s the best part of your work day?
When I get to meet with students 
and they have that Aha Moment.

What are you most excited about right now (library-related or
We have just opened a Collaborative Area in our library and 
students are using it. So great to see them working together.

How has your membership in CLS helped you?
I love the discussions that go 
on via the listserv. Really nice to see what others are thinking about. I’ve learned from these discussions.

Contact Caroline by email at creed@ncf.edu

Featured Member: Kim Copenhaver

Kim Copenhaver is an Assistant Professor of Reference, Instruction and Access Services and serves as the Behavioral Sciences Liaison at the Peter H. Armacost Library of Eckerd College.  Kim has been an active member of CLS for 5 years.

What are you reading or listening to today?  Currently, I am reading Daniel H. Pink’s Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates UsDrive was selected as the 2014 One Book, One State title by the Florida Library Association.

What’s the best part of your work day?  I most enjoy the collaboration and variety of responsibilities that are inherent in the daily charge of serving as a librarian in a college library.  I am also fortunate to be a part of a team of creative, passionate and professional library faculty that truly make it a joy to come to work each and every day.

What are you most excited about right now (library related or otherwise)?   I am most excited about developing library sponsored service learning opportunities for students at Eckerd College and integrating a training program based on micro-credentialing (badging) for Eckerd’s library workscholars.

How has your membership in CLS helped you?  My tenure with CLS began with an informal request to sit in on a virtual meeting of the CLS Membership Committee, which at the time was chaired by current CLS Chair, Sally Gibson.   The committee members were so welcoming and appreciative of new member participation that I eagerly applied to serve on the committee the following year.   Committee participation via CLS has been an extremely positive experience enhancing professional relationships, developing leadership skills and providing a meaningful opportunity to contribute to the section.  I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of the College Library Section and grateful for the opportunity to serve with talented CLS members from academic institutions across the U.S.

Connect with Kim via Linkedin:  http://www.linkedin.com/in/kimcopenhaver/
Communicate with Kim via email at copenhka@eckerd.edu

Featured Member: Kate Leuschke Blinn

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Kate Leuschke Blinn is Academic Outreach Librarian at Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana. She has been a member CLS for 2 years. Kate has been selected as the CLS 2014 Emerging Leader!
What are you reading or listening to today?
I often delay reading popular books, so I’m just now getting to The Tiger’s Wife. I also have something light — right now it’s Alexander McCall Smith — on my Kindle to read when I wake up in the middle of the night.
What’s the best part of your work day?
I have a window on the main floor of our library with a large glass window — I love seeing people as they walk toward me, anticipating what kind of question or motivation they might have. Whether it’s a faculty member asking for an instruction session, or a student who has a research question or who is just stopping by to say hi, or a colleague coming by to talk about a project in person instead of over email — I’m always happy to see folks in person!
What are you most excited about right now (library-related or otherwise)?
Library-wise, we are making plans for how best to use our main floor space — we have had two student library fellows helping us gather student opinions and design test spaces for feedback. Lots of potential for new exciting spaces! Non-library wise, I’m excited as my husband and I look forward to welcoming our first child in early May!!
How has your membership in CLS helped you?
CLS has offered me a real entry into ALA — as an Emerging Leader, I attended the CLS board meeting at ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia and will be helping on a CLS committee for the next few years. It’s been great to have a CLS as a path to meeting other librarians in academic libraries who are dealing with and contributing to many of the same conversations.
Contact Kate by email

Featured Member: Mark McCallon

McCallon_Mark Official Photo Mark McCallon is Associate Dean for Library Services, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX. He has been a member CLS for seven years.

What are you reading or listening to today? The Grain Brain by David Perlmutter.

What’s the best part of your work day? Teaching online in our Masters of Higher Education program. I have been a facilitator for five years and really enjoy it.

What are you most excited about right now (library related or otherwise)? Library related: Demand Driven Access e books and Get It Now article delivery. In these challenging budgetary times, it seems like the best direction to go. Otherwise: My daughter’s graduation from elementary school.

How has your membership in CLS helped you? I love that CLS is so inclusive of the broader scope of higher education. Being a part of CLS has given me opportunities to interact with colleagues from both large research universities and liberal arts colleges. I find the “Your Research Coach” program to be a great help to both new and experienced librarians and I enjoyed being involved with it.

Contact Mark by email

Featured Member: Gretel Stock-Kupperman


Gretel Stock‑Kupperman is 
Director of the Todd Wehr Memorial Library, Viterbo University, La Crosse, WI. Gretel has been a member of CLS for at least four years, if not longer. 

What are you reading or listening to today?
Thinking, Fast and Slow
by Daniel Kahneman. It’s a fascinating look at how we process information and make decisions.

What’s the best part of your work day?
Getting to work with students, faculty and staff from across campus.  One of the greatest things    about working in a library is not being hemmed in by discipline or department focus ‑ our mission is to serve everyone’s needs.  It’s very energizing when there is something different in every day.

What are you most excited about right now (library-related or otherwise)?
We are adding to the campus instructional design team, which is part of the library.  I’m excited that we’ll be able to offer more instructional technology advice and support with the additional staff.

How has your membership in CLS helped you?
CLS is a great division for professional camaraderie.  Many of us are in smaller libraries, and it’s great to have a connection to people who have faced similar challenges.  Whether it’s in person or on COLLIB‑L, the contacts and conversation are supportive and enriching.

Contact Gretel by email
Follow Gretel on Twitter: @Gretel_SK

Editor’s Note: Are you a CLS member and would like to be featured here? Or perhaps you’d like to nominate a colleague. Contact Monica Berger at mberger@citytech.cuny.edu for more information or find more here.

Featured Member: Celia Rabinowitz

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Celia Rabinowitz
is Director of the Library at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She has been a CLS member for about 15 years.

What are you reading or listening to today?
Right now I am reading Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behavior which I have not gotten to yet.  I just finished At the Bottom of Everything by Ben Dolnick.  I am not a person who can read more than one book at a time.  I am always in awe of people who tell me they are reading several books or novels at the same time.  I am also looking at the latest issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education and losing the battle of trying to keep up with my blog reading on Feedly.  I’ll admit to checking headlines online from the NY Times, Washington Post, and NPR several times a day.  And I am rereading a pile of articles as I restart a research project.  I have been listening to the Beatles since we just passed the 50th anniversary of their Ed Sullivan show appearance and today I also listened to some Cat Stevens and Stravinsky.  I listen to the radio during my drive to work which is the only way to for me to be sure I know who Daft Punk is.

What’s the best part of your work day?
I usually love being at work.  I arrive before we open and there is something magical about the library when it’s quiet just before we open (and I can work without the phone ringing!).  But I also love the times during the day when I walk around the library and see students working, our bean bag chairs traveling to new locations, and the building generally being used and loved.  I like the day I have my reference desk shift so I get to see and talk with lots of people.  And I like getting out of my office to stop in to see librarians and library staff even if I don’t have anything specific to talk about.  And, there is something comforting about when I leave the library regardless of what time it is because during the year, we are still open, and busy.  It somehow feels good to me to leave with the place still so alive.

What are you most excited about right now (library-related or otherwise)?
Well – I am very excited that pitchers and catchers report to baseball spring training camps this week!  In my library we are moving ahead with our Assessment in Action project and it is really fun (and a lot of work) to be able to see our project taking shape.  The project includes our most of our library faculty and I realize that we have an amazing cohort of librarians, some of whom are new to us and more or less new to the profession.  They all bring incredible energy, enthusiasm, and ideas to the table.  So it is really exciting to think about how we will be changing and getting better.  I think we are all concerned about how we’ll manage all the things we want to accomplish, but having a lot of ideas is a good challenge to have.

How has your membership in CLS helped you?
CLS has had a pivotal role in shaping and supporting my career, especially as a library director.  The New Director Mentor program helped me in my first year and I became part of a cohort that is still connected.  The Friday Night Feasts at ALA Annual are great ways to meet people and let to my first role as an elected member of the CLS leadership.  For those of us committed to work in college libraries, CLS provides a home and a place for in-person and virtual conversation and professional development, and opportunities to contribute to librarianship.

Contact Celia at cerabinowitz@smcm.edu
Blog: https://librarysmcm.wordpress.com/author/cerabinowitz/
Follow Celia on Twitter: @cerabinowitz
LinkedIn: Celia Rabinowitz