Member of the Week: Michelle Reed

Michelle ReedMichelle Reed is Open Education Librarian at the University of Texas at Arlington in Arlington, Texas. Michelle has been an ACRL member since 2015 and is your ACRL member of the week for November 7, 2016.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Creative, curious, resilient.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I became interested in librarianship as a career while I was enrolled in the MFA program in creative writing at McNeese State University. These days the majority of what I read is related to my work, but when I read for leisure I tend toward the stories and novels of my friends and fellow McNeese alumni. I’m currently reading The Pocket Guide to Divorce: A Self-Help Work of Fiction by Neil Connelly, who directed the fiction program when I was a student at McNeese. I recently finished Hurt People, the debut novel of Cote Smith. Cote and I taught integrated courses in a bridge program for student-athletes at the University of Kansas (KU); I enjoyed getting to know his creative work as we collaborated on preparing our students for their academic experiences.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Progressive, collaborative, informative.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I value the people and the learning opportunities that are available through ACRL. Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy: Creating Strategic Collaborations for a Changing Academic Environment, a white paper published by ACRL in 2013, shaped my work over the last two years. I’m fortunate to build on that now by collaborating with an incredible team of ACRL members to develop and present a new workshop, “Two Paths Converge: Designing Educational Opportunities on the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy.” We would love to visit your campus!

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I am new to UTA Libraries and to the position of Open Education Librarian. As an undergraduate learning specialist at KU, my focus was on creating meaningful learning experiences for undergraduate students by partnering with faculty to design assignments and integrate information literacy concepts into their courses. I see my work at UTA as a natural extension of that. The principle that knowledge is a public good transcends position or title; I contribute to campus by advocating for the ethos of Open and raising awareness of the mechanisms that support openness.

6. In your own words: I love being a librarian. I love learning new things and helping others discover and tap into their curiosities. I love teaching students about information, about how systems of scholarly communication work, and about what those systems mean for access and innovation. I love collaborating with students to design resources, providing opportunities for students to share their research, and conducting my own research. My career as an academic librarian allows me to do all of those things.


Editor’s Note: Are you an ACRL member? Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Nominate a colleague? Contact Mary Jane Petrowski at mpetrowski@ala.org for more information.