About Me

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This photo makes me look quite heroic.

Fancy meeting you here.

I’m Lindsay Cronk. I have spent more than six years in librarianship, first in consortia and now in academia, honing an approach to collection development and strategy that is dynamic, data-driven, inclusive, and user-focused.

Michael Arthur, Head, Resource Acquisition & Discovery at The University of Alabama, calls me an “innovator and boundary-pusher” and I consider my creativity in developing practical solutions my central library competency. I’m a tested leader and an accomplished collections strategist, and while I have varied research interests, the connective tissue of my career is data. I was honored to be recognized for this work as a 2017 Library Journal Mover & Shaker.

I’m a data practitioner, and for the past couple of years I have devoted much of my research and professional development to cultivating and facilitating a growing community of practice around applied visualizations for collections support and strategy. Why visualization? Because I believe strongly in the importance of nuance and contextual understanding. Neither of those is possible from a glance at a spreadsheet. I say that as someone who loves spreadsheets.

I write for the LITA Blog, tweet a bunch, and post a lot of pictures of my dog, Simone, on Instagram. She’s adorable, so it’s mandatory. I’m a big David Bowie fan and a big feminist. I think you should be one too. Yes, my dog is named after Simone de Beauvoir.

Prior to working in libraries, I was a grant writer and database administrator. You can find my whole professional history of LinkedIn. SQL is my second language. French my third.

It’s a pleasure to meet you. Enjoy the site and be in touch!

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