Hello. I’m Lindsay Cronk, and I have a lot of strong opinions which don’t necessarily reflect the views or policies of my place of work. I’ve spent nearly a decade in librarianship, first in consortia and now in academia, honing an approach to service and strategy that is data-driven, dynamic, and grounded in the pursuit of social justice. I believe that libraries are engines for knowledge creation and democratization, and that as scholarly communications operators, librarians have a leadership role to play in discussions of the research enterprise. I am excited to be engaged in that effort at the University of Rochester River Campus Libraries.
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. From budget management to collection analysis to service assessment to community engagement, I contend that grappling with library data is the best way to ensure libraries do their best work.
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.
I’m not just a librarian- I’m an avid macramaker. I 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.
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