Member of the Month - March 2015
W. Terry Martin - March 2015
W. Terry Martin is the Library Director at Louisiana College in Pineville, LA. Terry has been a member of ACL since 2007.
Describe yourself in three words: Happy, Inquisitive, Extrovert.
What are you currently reading? Technical reports, current news, travel information for next year’s vacation, students’ homework, and a unit test.
Describe ACL in three words: Professional, Informative, and Diverse.
What do you value about ACL? The connectivity with other professionals who share a similar worldview and who are passionate about providing their institution, its students, and its faculty with resources that assist them in succeeding in their academic/professional/personal research.
What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? See below.
In your own words: I began my career as a librarian in the 7th grade as a student library assistant whose duties were coating the spines of books with a clear varnish to protect the classification numbers from being easily removed. From that lowly beginning I went on to graduate from Samford University with my BA and my MA (Baptist history) and from the University of Alabama (MLS). I also briefly attended the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary taking a few classes in biblical and theological studies.
While I was an undergraduate at Samford, Jewel Carter, Reader Services Librarian, took me under her “wing” and convinced me that my call to ministry was a calling into Christian librarianship and not as a military chaplain. Interestingly, as a member of the Alabama National Guard, I developed a close relationship with a brigade chaplain and served as my unit’s unofficial chaplain.
My professional career began at Samford University, Mrs. Carter had moved on to another institution by this time, but I was eager to obtain the position as an original cataloger and temporarily head of microfilm production. I eventually became the Technical Services Librarian. After six years I accepted the position of Technical Services and Circulation Librarian at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. From SEBTS I moved to Georgetown College (Kentucky) where I assumed my first position as a library director. After eight years at GC, I accepted my current position as library director at Louisiana College where I have been since 1993.
While at Louisiana College, I established a program leading to teacher certification as a school librarian and a minor in library studies. I led the institution to purchase an ILS, join OCLC/LYRASIS, LOUIS, ACL, and CLC. I have also teach in the Christian Studies division. In addition to the above, I have edited the college catalog for 3 years, served as the Institutional Research officer, and recorder for the Academic Council. I have also had the privilege of serving as a member of a SACS review committee for nine institutions. I have provided assistance to several institutions concerning regional accreditation issues. I have been listed in Marquis’ Who’s Who publication for over 10 years.
During my career I have found fulfillment in being a librarian and a faculty member at four very different institutions. Mrs. Carter was right in directing me toward a career in librarianship at a Christian institution of higher education. I can only hope the dozen or so former students assistants I have seen choose librarianship as a career will be as satisfied with their choice as I have been.