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SLA Ga Member Profile: John Cruickshank

When former SLA Georgia President Regina Cannon retired, John Cruickshank succeeded her as Librarian a the Griffin Campus Library of the University of Georgia. John was one of five chapter members who attended the Leadership Summit in Baltimore last month. He is the Chair-Elect of the Food, Agriculture and Nutrition (FAN) Division and also belongs to the Environment and Resource Management (ERM) and Science-Technology (SciTech) divisions.

Here’s more information about John:

John Cruickshank began his library career in 1995 at Mississippi State University where he worked for three years as a science librarian and then for five years as branch librarian at the College of Veterinary Medicine.  From 2004 to 2013 he worked as a solo librarian at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography in Savannah, GA, and he has been branch librarian at the University of Georgia Griffin Campus since June, 2013. John has been a member of SLA since 1998 and served as Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee of the Science-Technology Division from 1999 to 2000.

He previously worked at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography in Savannah where, over a five year period, he focused on data management and database searching. He’s now applying these skills to assist agricultural researchers at the Griffin campus. He is excited to be able to provide data, research and other essential services in a branch library within a large university setting.

He’s proud of his local involvement during his first year at Griffin. He led a workshop during the Atlanta Area Bibliographic Instruction Group (AABIG)  conference in Cartersville last year. He valued the feedback he received there on his program, “How can we take the ‘error’ out of ‘trial and error’?”. And to keep up with what new librarians are learning, he attends workshops hosted by the Atlanta Emerging Librarians group.

Support from administrators at both the Griffin campus and the University of Georgia Libraries in Athens allowed John to get involved in community-related projects. Throughout his first year on the job, he researched the history of the Fairmont District, an African-American subdivision of Griffin. He reported on that history for the Fairmont Education Prosperity Initiative in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision , Brown vs Board of Education, Topeka, Kansas. He’s now working with Christian Lopez at the Russell Library in Athens to prepare an oral history of the community.

He feels very fortunate to have an excellent and highly experienced library assistant, Ms. Jerri Snodgrass. None of these projects would have been possible without her help.

Because administrators at the University of Georgia Griffin campus as well as the University of Georgia Libraries encouraged his involvement with SLA, he will lead SLA’s FAN Division next year. The Georgia Chapter’s proud of John and hopes he’ll get to attend future events in town!


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