ATG Star of the Week: Cheryl E. Highsmith, Coordinator of Electronic Resources & Serials, Leatherby Libraries, Chapman University

Name: Cheryl E. Highsmith
Position: Coordinator of Electronic Resources & Serials
Organization: Leatherby Libraries, Chapman University
Phone:  (714) 532-7769;  Fax:  (714) 532-7743
Email: highsmic@yahoo.com;  highsmit@chapman.edu

Born and lived:  Champaign County, IL, and elsewhere in IL;  later in Philadelphia, PA;  and now in Orange County, CA.

Early life:  Champaign, IL.

Professional career and activities:  Active member of ALA-ALCTS and (substantial) academic library experience in both public and technical services positions;  certified teacher at the secondary level and member of the AATG.

Family:  Mom (a retired librarian); three siblings, including a brother who is a librarian;  nieces & nephews

In my spare time I like:  Reading;  writing.

Favorite books:  Mysteries by a short list of authors;  historical non-fiction.

Pet peeves:  Poor planning.

Philosophy:  Do it right the first time.

Most memorable career achievement:  As I am submitting this profile, one thing does not stand out, other than chairing a committee and making an award presentation at ALA Annual 2012.  This article might supersede that, and there are other possibilities.  Let’s just say I have a lot of “irons in the fire.”

Goal: I hope to achieve five years from now:  Book/book chapter publication(s).

How/where do I see the industry in five years:  Fewer service positions identifiable as librarians;  consolidation of services and content access points via vendor/publisher mergers or otherwise;  library acquisitions increasingly driven by patron options/selections made at the point-of-use.

 

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