Thanks to Isaac Gilman (Pacific University) for his thoughts on being a member of ACRL Oregon and starting our series of member reflections!
“Librarianship is inherently a collaborative profession and, in my opinion, ACRL-OR is a valuable means of facilitating partnerships. The annual conference provides the only regional forum that is dedicated to the issues of academic librarianship, and I’ve found it to be a meaningful opportunity both to learn from colleagues and to create connections that are easier to sustain simply because they are local. ACRL-OR also brings a necessary voice to statewide discussions of librarianship through its participation in the Oregon Library Association. Common issues like literacy and intellectual freedom are best addressed holistically, not in school/public/academic silos, and ACRL-OR’s active involvement in OLA provides a connection to colleagues in school and public libraries. To remix an old saying: membership in national organizations enables us to think globally, but membership in ACRL-OR makes it easier to partner locally.”