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Member of the Month - August 2019

Ed Walton - August 2019

Ed is the Dean of University Libraries at Southwest Baptist University (FTE: 2,635) in Bolivar, MO. He has been a member of ACL for 9 years.

Describe yourself using a book title: Redeemed: Devotions for the Longing Soul

What’s the best thing about being a librarian? Helping people learn how to find the information they are desperately seeking.

What are you currently reading? Dare to Lead by Brene Brown

Describe ACL in three words:  Encouraging, Relational, Spiritual

How do you (or How have you), as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? One of the primary goals of our library is enabling and encouraging student and faculty learning. My staff and I continually try to engage students and faculty through our library liaison program to help them learn how to find and evaluate information to support their learning objectives.

I began my career as a librarian . . . shelving books for a large public library. As I was entering my senior year in high school, a friend asked me if I wanted a job. He had to teach me the Dewey Decimal system and how to put books in order so I could pass the test for the job. I spent 10+ years at the library working as a page, clerk, and library associate while completing high school, undergraduate and eventually graduate school. My friend and I have often marveled at how God used such a simple question to launch me on a career path that I would immensely enjoy.

What do you value about ACL? The ability to discuss library topics with colleagues through a distinctively Christian worldview lens without being accosted for my conservative values.

How were you introduced to ACL? Woodie Moore (enough said!)

How are you or have you been involved in ACL? I have primarily been involved as an ACL Conference presenter. I've presented on e-book and leadership topics over the past few years. I reviewed a book for The Christian Librarian one year, but finding time to read proves very difficult for me.

Do you have any specific interests in the library world? I have been a librarian long enough to have been around when e-books were in their infancy. I have followed their development, been frustrated by their poor systems, and conducted doctoral research to investigate why they are/are not adopted by students in higher education. Thus, e-books are one topic of interest for me. While in my doctoral program (Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership) I became interested in what makes great leaders. Thus, leadership has become another topic of interest.

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