Member of the Week: Brandy Whitlock

Brandy WhitlockBrandy Whitlock is an instruction librarian at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, MD and a presenter for the ACRL workshop Assessment in Action: Demonstrating and Communicating Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success. Brandy first joined ACRL in 2005 and is your ACRL member of the week for December 4, 2017.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Rational, resourceful, grateful.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? Layli Long Soldier’s Whereas.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Respected, useful, ambitious.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I appreciate its conferences and all of the professional development opportunities ACRL sponsors, the scholarship ACRL publishes, and the advocacy ACRL undertakes. I’ve been able to connect with exceptional librarians, especially through Immersion and AiA, and I trust I’ll continue to discover dedicated educators, challenging thinkers, and stimulating collaborators through future ACRL events and activities.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? For many community college libraries, liaison programs aren’t practical, which means that our librarians often teach classes, collaborate with other faculty members, and help students in nearly every academic discipline. Because of this range of experience, I am often able to contribute a campus-wide perspective, especially to conversations at my college around pedagogy, curricula, and assessment. Because our librarians are required or are asked to serve on almost all campus-wide committees, we are able to foster information literacy among a variety of learners, including an incredibly diverse student body, but also among faculty, staff, and community members.

6. In your own words: My life in academic librarianship is driven by learning. To serve the educational mission of my college and the needs of our community, I want learn the best strategies for discussing and developing information literacy. I’ve always enjoyed being a student, and now as an academic librarian I get to study information, engaging with some of the most vexing and pressing questions of this “Information Age”: How can we provide more people with more access to information, while also making it easier to find any particular piece of information, when information is proliferating exponentially? How can we deploy information to correct systematic inequality and injustice when information is so often generated, disseminated, and legitimized by systems rife with inequality and injustice? How can we use information to think critically and at the same time think critically about the information we use? Framing and addressing these kinds of questions is what makes academic librarianship so compelling today.


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.