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 Libraries.
Michael Arthur, Head, Resource Acquisition & Discovery at The University of Alabama, calls me an “innovator and boundary-pusher” and leading library technologist, Andromeda Yelton says I do the job with “Midwestern friendliness and sledgehammer directness.” 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, I focus on two main areas: the scholarly resources marketplace and feminist leadership (often intersectionally).
I am Past-President of Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures, and creator and co-founder of PeMento: Peer Mentoring for Midcareer Library Workers. I serve on NERL’s Program Council Executive Committee and co-authored the Statement Demanding a Better Deal and Preferred Deal Elements. You can find my writing here, and in my column for the Serials Librarian, Resourcefully.
Prior to working in libraries, I was a grant writer and database administrator. You can find my whole professional history of LinkedIn.
I’m not just a librarian. I’m a Francophile who spent a year teaching in the Haut Jura. 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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