Member of the Week: Mohamed Berray

Mohamed BerrayMohamed Berray is Social Sciences Librarian at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. Mohamed has been an ACRL member since 2014 and is your ACRL member of the week for January 9, 2017.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Honest, dedicated, generous.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I am currently reading ACRL’s Putting Assessment into Action: Selected Projects from the First Cohort of the Assessment in Action Grant, edited by Eric Ackermann. I am passionate about library assessment, and I’ve learned a lot reading about the experiences of other institutions. For my casual reading, I read The New Yorker magazine.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Inspiring, engaging, empowering.

4. What do you value about ACRL? ACRL provides a greater platform for advocacy of issues relevant to librarianship. The association also provides networking and professional development opportunities for its members. I’ve especially enjoyed serving on ACRL committees and the opportunity to contribute to the growth of our profession.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? As Social Sciences Librarian, I serve as liaison to the political science department, the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy, and the international affairs program. I also coordinate Florida State University Libraries’ depository collection and services for federal, State of Florida, and United Nations documents. In my current position, I have been privileged to provide instruction and research support to faculty and students in the College of Social Sciences, and for the Tallahassee community interested in using government information resources.

6. In your own words: My librarianship values are deep rooted in an analytic, research-driven approach to support the continuous improvement of services to the communities we serve. I have a strong commitment to diversity, and I believe that the differing backgrounds and perspectives that characterize diversity have provided our profession with a competitive advantage in our approach to public service and problem solving. I fully support open access to information as a professional practice. Free and equitable access to information has been a core principle of librarianship since the beginning. Open Access embodies this principle more completely now than ever before.


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.