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Mary Broussard

ACL is excited to welcome Mary Broussard our 2018 ACL Annual Conference Keynote Speaker!

Mary Broussard is the Associate Professor and Instructional Services Librarian, Coordinator of Reference and Web Services at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Mary is a speaker and writer on the topics of games in libraries, formative assessment, and applying composition and rhetoric theory to information literacy instruction. She is also the creator of several library games including the online plagiarism education game, “Goblin Threat.” She is on the ACRL Immersion faculty, serves as an ACRL research and instruction mentor, and teaches public speaking. Mary received her MLS from Indiana University and a BA in French and German from Miami University.

Keynote Address: Embracing the Ever-Changing Library Profession with a Compassionate Perspective

Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 8:45 AM

Just as the circuit riders adjusted to the changing spiritual needs of the westward-moving population of the early United States, we are continually adjusting our libraries’ collections, buildings, and services to meet the constantly evolving needs of our communities. We periodically adopt new information literacy standards, adjust subject headings, modify our collection policies, mentor student workers and academic advisees, organize new recreational events, and preserve the human record for future generations. No matter where we work in the library, we are working together to provide our community with the best possible user experience. While this is often called being a “student-centered” or “user-centered” librarian, one could also call this being a “compassionate” or “perceptive” librarian. The professional values that promote compassion enable us to be flexible and remain relevant in today’s ever-changing information environment.