Member of the Week: Kathy Kosinski

Kathy Kosinski

Kathy KosinskiKathy Kosinski is a statewide library services analyst at the Library of Michigan in Lansing, MI. Kathy first joined ACRL in 2014 and is your ACRL member of the week for April 2, 2018.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Dependable, enthusiastic, playful.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I’m systematically working my way through my hold list of Nnedi Okorafor books.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Current, bedrock, academic.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I value the resources ACRL provides its members, such as College & Research Libraries News. As someone not currently in academia, I’ve found it extremely useful to have something to turn to monthly that keeps me up-to-date on academic trends, and even offers some resources that I can translate to my work.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your institution? At the Library of Michigan, my colleagues come from a range of libraries: state, public, and academic. My academic background contributed greatly to my bedrock of research methods, user testing, and emphasis on long-term strategy. Without my previous time at academic libraries, I would not be as confident a proponent of user-centered research as I am today.

6. In your own words: Being on the outside looking in with academic and research librarianship now, I am nostalgic for the interaction with students and faculty, the proximity to cutting-edge research, and venues for academic discussion. There is always an energy around work done in academic libraries: steps towards innovation that flourish in research contexts. I’m sure if I return to an academic position in the future, it will feel like coming home.


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.
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