Member of the Month

Jennifer Ewing – 4/2023

Jennifer is the Library Director at Southern California Seminary in El Cajon, CA (107 FTE). Jennifer has been an ACL member for 23 years.

Describe yourself using a book title: Sense and Sensibility

What’s the best thing about being a librarian? Having the exact book (piece of information) that a person wants.

What are you currently reading? Blue Castle, Ideas Have Consequences, Courage to Teach

Describe ACL in three words: People, Ideas, Resources

How do you (or How have you), as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I run the Writing Center (writing support, documentation, videos, templates), I am a member of all program review committees, I update the core publications annually (Academic Catalog, Student Handbook, etc.), I am the secretary for all accreditation self-studies (TRACS, ATS).

One thing I wish I had known as a beginning librarian… my education does not stop with a library degree.

What do you value about ACL? I can be both a librarian and a Christian at the same time….and no one gets bored by that.

How were you introduced to ACL? I heard about the 2000 ACL Annual Conference at Point Loma (which is in San Diego). I attended a few morning sessions because I wasn’t sure about a bunch of Christian Librarians. During the breaks, Bob Krauss and Roger van Oosten talked with me. It was these conversations which decided my membership to ACL.

How are you or have you been involved in ACL? I’ve been a Director-at-Large on the ACL Board, I worked on the website team, I am a mentor, I was the TRACS Liaison, I’ve co-presented at 3 conference workshops and participated in two poster sessions, I have co-authored two articles in The Christian Librarian, and I have written one devotional which was also published in Faithful Words.

Do you have any specific interests in the library world? Vintage library equipment & technologies.