ATG Star of the Week: Linda Pierce, Collection Development/Acquisition Librarian, Gonzaga University

Linda Pierce
Collection Development/Acquisition Librarian
Organization: Gonzaga University

Born and Lived: Born and raised in Spokane, Washington have called Pullman, WA, Seattle, WA, College Station, TX, Cincinnati, OH, Moscow, ID and Anchorage, AK home.  Returned to Spokane many years ago to work at Gonzaga University.

Professional Career and Activities: A graduate of the University of Washington Library School I started my career as a government documents librarian at Texas A&M, then moved to serials and reference at Xavier University, a brief stint as serials/reference librarian at University of Idaho Law Library and a a foray into public librarianship as Business subject specialist at Anchorage Municipal Library.  Returned to academic libraries as a reference.instruction librarian, began to work with collection development and this summer took on Acquisition responsibilities.  I have been involved with state ACRL activities and also with ALA serving as coordinator of the Social Responsibilities Roundtable and a member at large of ALA Council.

In My Spare Time: Love to travel, volunteer for Hospice and am currently undertaking the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life.

Philosophy: It’s all about  the patron and it will all change whether you like it or not.

Most Memorable Career Achievement: I have different ones for different areas they include co-authoring “Information Ethics for Librarians” with a colleague in our Philosophy Department, being elected to ALA Council and being elected President of the Faculty Assembly at Gonzaga..

How/Where I See the Industry in Five Years: Not sure, the need to move forward may lead to some false starts and ill conceived ideas that may turn out to be a waste of time and energy but standing still is not an option.  I think we need to be a better job of really asking what patrons want, we make too many assumptions based on too little information.

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