NJLA College and University Section

The New Jersey Chapter of the Association of College & Research Libraries, also the College and University Section of the New Jersey Library Association, works to enhance the effectiveness of academic and research librarians. We provide opportunities for professional development, continuing education, and networking. There are a number of active committees covering a wide range of library interests allowing librarians to tailor their involvement to their own professional and personal interests.


Member Spotlight:

Getting to know: 

Erin Ackerman, PhD, MLIS
Social Sciences Librarian
The College of New Jersey Library

  1. I grew up in Nashua, New Hampshire. I might have ended up studying political science anyway, but growing up in New Hampshire with politically active parents certainly helped me in that direction. I met lots of presidential candidates growing up and even ended up in a photo in a 1987 issue of Newsweek as I marched in a local parade alongside Al Gore.
  2. My first job ever was... I had a lot of different jobs in junior high and high school. I worked for several years as a baker’s assistant. I couldn’t even look at donuts for years after many weekends of prepping donuts for the Saturday/Sunday rush. I never acquired the same aversion to cake, though, and still enjoy cake decorating.
  3. How long have you been a Librarian? Almost two years. I taught political science for several years before becoming a librarian.
  4. What drew you to Librarianship or your particular area of specialization in Libraries?  I got hooked while working as a graduate student assistant in a tiered reference model at Johns Hopkins University’s Eisenhower Library. I learned so much about research and how libraries work. My job now as Social Sciences Librarian at TCNJ is ideal because I get to combine my excitement about libraries with my background in political science, sociology, and other social sciences.
  5. What has been your most rewarding experience as a professional so far?  Helping students and faculty find and access the data they need for original research through subscription resources like ICPSR and online resources from government agencies and NGOs.
  6. What are your favorite ways to stay on top of Library trends? ACRL listservs and professional development workshops.
  7. What are you most excited about or interested in currently (either at your institution or in the Library profession in general)?  I’m most excited about issues in collection management. I serve on our library’s Collection Development Committee and am also working on a research project with Lisa DeLuca (Social Sciences Librarian, Seton Hall University) about political science collections management.
  8. What do you find most valuable about your NJLA CUS / ACRL-NJ membership? Networking with academic librarians throughout New Jersey. It’s great to learn about what other libraries are doing and look for ways to collaborate.
  9. One of the things I have in my refrigerator all the time is… seltzer. It’s how I overcame the Diet Coke problem I developed in grad school.
  10. The best part of my day is when I read books with my toddler. Currently Dooby Dooby Moo and Goodnight Baseball are in heavy rotation.
  11. List your top five “Desert Island Books” (the five books you’d have to have if you were stranded on a desert island)? Bossypants by Tina Fey; Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart; Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen; The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon.
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