Member of the Week: Rebecca L. Hankins
1. Describe yourself in three words: Advocate, fearless, and passionate.
2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? Professor Sherman Abdul Hakim Jackson’s Islam and the Blackamerican: Looking Toward the Third Resurrection and on my mobile device I listen to a number of podcasts.
3. Describe ACRL in three words: Professional, advocacy, and accessible.
4. What do you value about ACRL? What I value about ACRL are the opportunities to always learn something new that is strategic to the work that I do. I value the colleagues that I’ve met through ACRL conferences, meetings, and organizations. People that I have had the good fortune to work with and engage in dialogue with over shared issues of concern.
5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? As an academic librarian I contribute to my campus in a myriad of ways, from providing instructional sessions to sharing resources for students, staff, and faculty research and courses. I contribute by serving on campus-wide committees, from search committees to tenure denial hearings, from evaluating faculty teaching to voting on promotion and tenure cases. I mentor colleagues, both in and outside the library, sharing my years of experience, working in diverse environments and with diverse populations.
6. In your own words: My life as an academic/research librarian has been varied, exciting, and filled with many achievements. The opportunities to conduct research on areas of scholarship unexplored and underexplored, and to impart this to diverse audiences, has been a passion of mine since I’ve been in this field; librarianship has afforded me those options. I have traveled around the world, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, but not yet Africa, working and advocating for our profession. I love working with students and sharing undiscovered resources and new knowledge that they have and can use in their writings, performances, and other scholarship. I am a fearless advocate for diversity within the profession, in our collecting of resources, and in providing leadership skills for all within the library environment, from the support staff to the faculty. The most successful libraries are those that value their people, work to hire staff that reflect the diversity within our society, and reward those that are on the frontlines, the first to engage with our patrons. These are the issues and discussions that animate me as a librarian and are reflected in my research and scholarly output and hopefully, will be for years to come.
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