Let’s shine the Member Spotlight on Sterling Coleman from Clark State College!
What is/are your role(s) in academic libraries?
I am the Director, Library Services at Clark State College in Springfield, Ohio.
What do you like most about academic library work?
The thing I like most about academic library work is information literacy. I love teaching students how to find the information they need by using our scholarly electronic resources in a timely manner. I especially love to see the look of enlightenment in their eyes when they have learned something new.
What are some interesting projects you’ve been involved with lately?
I am currently performing archival research for a history project celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Clark State College. Last year, I published my book How Books, Reading and Subscription Libraries Defined Colonial Clubland in the British Empire with Routledge, Taylor & Francis. And for the previous two years, I have served as the moderator for a summer book club among Clark State’s faculty and staff dealing with the topics of anti-racism and racism in our daily lives.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and thus I am a life-long New Orleans Saints fan. GO SAINTS! I graduated from Louisiana State University, the University of Michigan and Florida State University thus I am a Tiger, Wolverine, and Seminole all rolled into one. GEAUX TIGERS! GO BLUE! GO NOLES!
What do you love about being an ALAO member? (Or if you’re a newer member, you might prefer to answer Why did you join ALAO?)
I love the camaraderie. I love meeting with my peers and sharing ideas with them. Also, I love attending the ALAO Annual Conferences and I love presenting at these conferences when my work schedule permits.
–Maureen Barry, Membership Chair