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

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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

Featured Member: Carrie Marten

Carrie 12.9.13Carrie S.E. Marten is Resource Sharing Librarian at Purchase College, State University of New York.

What are you reading or listening to today?
I am reading materials for my Metaliteracy MOOC, The Crucible by Arthur Miller (just finished), Longbourn by Jo Baker, The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter by Malcolm Mackay, the Fall 2013 CLS Newsletter, a generous collection of board and picture books with my children (Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle is a current favorite).  We are currently listening to My Fair Lady (original cast recording) and holiday CDs, either sung by Bing Crosby or Celtic in nature, in the car.

What’s the best part of your work day?
I have several favorites.  Mornings are pretty good for getting things done.  The patrons keep every day interesting.  You never know what questions you will get from day to day.  And, while some days are more challenging than others, I really like the fact that no day is exactly the same as any other.  I have been in my current position for seven years now and it is partly the daily variety of tasks, events, etc. that make me continue to love being a librarian.

What are you most excited about right now (library-related or otherwise)?
All things related to metaliteracy.  I am currently taking a Metaliteracy MOOC, http://metaliteracy.cdlprojects.com/, and am enjoying learning all the facets to it and figuring out how to incorporate the concepts into my reference desk shifts, instruction sessions and discovering how to better engage with my colleagues within the profession.  Also, I am interested in Pinterest and how faculty are incorporating it into their college classes, especially now that folks like David McCandless (Information is Beautiful) are finding creative ways to visualize data and information.

How has your membership in CLS helped you?
Primarily through the listserv.  It is an excellent way to connect with my colleagues on matters that relate directly to small college libraries. The listserv makes it easy to reach out to this community when you have a unique issue  or concern that you need feedback on.

Follow Carrie on Twitter: @cyourlibrarian
Facebook:  Carrie Eastman Marten
LinkedIn:  Carrie (Eastman) Marten
Blog: musingsfromthelibrary.wordpress.com

Featured Member: Brittney Thomas

Brittney ThomasBrittney L. Thomas is Learning Commons Coordinator at the University of Iowa Libraries in Iowa City, IA. Brittney has been a CLS member since 2011 and is a 2013 ALA Emerging Leader.

What are you reading or listening to today?
I’m reading a young adult series by Rick Yancey. The first book is called the Monstrumologist. I’m a huge fan of gothic horror and Yancey has a way of making his stories come alive! There isn’t a lot of shock and awe in this book but you do get a delicious sense of dread and fear come over you as the series progresses! I LOVE IT!

What’s the best part of your work day?
My coworkers! I love what I do and the people I work with make me love it even more. We have accomplished a lot of great things by working together. As a relatively new librarian, my colleagues are my support team and my friends!

What are you most excited about right now (library-related or otherwise)?
I’ve been following the badging movement pretty closely. Badging can be a very useful tool for encouraging students to take ownership of their education and to recognize the different types of learning we experience on a daily basis, both inside and out of the classroom. My library has recently received a marketing grant to start a badging program and I’m very excited to get started. Collaborating on projects like this one is one of my favorite things about my job!

How has your membership in CLS helped you?
My membership in CLS has helped me gain insight into my career goals and has helped make plans on where I want to go in the future. Not that those plans ever work out but they are good guides. I have developed relationships with a lot wonderful colleagues through CLS and I hope to continue to meet many more CLS librarians! CLS has also helped me develop a sense of ownership for the profession. I want to help ensure that it continues to provide excellent support, opportunities and resources for college librarians everywhere!

Follow Brittney on Twitter: @BrittLThom


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.