ATG Star of the Week: Lisa Croucher, Program Officer, Triangle Research Libraries Network

by | Apr 10, 2014 | 0 comments

lisa croucher imageName: Lisa Croucher
Title: Program Officer
Email: [email protected]
Organization: Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN)
Website (Personal or Professional): www.trln.org

Born and Lived: I was born near Dayton, OH and lived there until I went to college and graduate school in Lexington, KY. I then was in the Peace Corps in Poland in the early nineties. I moved to Chapel Hill, NC in 1994 to attend graduate school at the UNC School of Information and Library Science. I have been in the Research Triangle area since then, currently living in Durham.

Professional Career and Activities: Most of my career, since I received my MSLS from UNC in 1996, has focused on administration of international education programs. I started as Program Officer with the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) in May 2013 and am enjoying reorienting myself to the sometimes unrecognizable world of libraries.

Family: Most of my family lives in Ohio and Kentucky. In June, my sister and I pulled off a fantastically successful surprise party for my parents’ 50th anniversary. I include my close friends among my family.

In My Spare Time: I find creative ways to prepare vegetables from my weekly produce box without using too much salt and butter. I take long bike rides on rural roads with groups of friends. I ran the Charleston Half Marathon in January and the Wrightsville Beach Marathon in March and have since spent my spare time trying to motivate myself to run again.  

Favorite Books: The Elements of Style (Strunk and White), The Dollmaker (Arnow), The Gift (Hafiz), Anna Karenina (Tolstoy), which I read for the first time a few months ago, in part because I knew that I would eventually want to include it on my list of favorite books.

Pet Peeves: Drivers who drive too fast and too close to cyclists.

Philosophy: “And the world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles, no matter how long, but only by a spiritual journey, a journey of one inch, very arduous and humbling and joyful, by which we arrive at the ground at our own feet, and learn to be at home.” Wendell Berry, The Unforeseen Wilderness: Kentucky’s Red River Gorge

Most Memorable Career Achievement: Introducing ambitious college students to places like Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta and helping them realize that the rural US can be just as interesting, challenging, educational, and fun as all the other places in the world that college students want to experience these days.

Goal I Hope to Achieve Five Years from Now: Acquire enough knowledge and experience to help guide emerging discussions about consortial sharing of e-books, while also maintaining the benefits of a fresh perspective.

How/Where Do I See the Industry in Five Years: I hope that the industry will have fully established a standard for consortial sharing of e-books that is as normalized and as effective as consortial sharing of print.

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