Member of the Month

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Mark McCallon
Associate Dean for Library Information Services, Abilene Christian University

Professional experience
I joined TLA as a second-year library school student when I started looking for my first job. I joined the faculty at Abilene Christian University in 1991 as periodicals librarian, managing 2,200 print subscriptions. By the time I moved into a position as assistant director in 2002, we had less than 500 print subscriptions. Throughout my career, TLA has been very influential as I have learned from library directors and colleagues. The TALL Texans Leadership Institute gave me the confidence and motivation to move into library administration (Thank you, Ben Wakashige!).

Innovative library practices
I have always been a strong proponent of access over ownership. Demand Driven Access (DDA) and document delivery services like Get It Now are growth areas for our library, providing significant amounts of content to the clients at the point of need without adding print shelf space.  My colleagues in the library have been developing innovative spaces for several years including our Learning Commons in 2005, our Learning Studio (video and audio production and collaboration) in 2011, and our Maker Lab in 2013. 

Favorite book or literary character 
The Bible has always played a significant part in my life spiritually and also is my favorite literature.  I have always been inspired by the story of Israel wandering in the desert and the character of Joshua, who led Israel into the promised land as one who knew that they could rise above their limits with courage and conviction.

Most memorable TLA experience
I have been blessed with opportunities to present and serve at TLA conferences and district meetings. My first experience was as the TLA New Member Round Table Bag Check, which was the most challenging experience that I had as a new member, but I enjoyed getting to know some great colleagues. My favorite presentation experience occurred during the TLA Fashion Show, in which I served on a panel discussion to talk about professional dress. 

Created on May 31, 2016 | Last updated May 01, 2017