Member of the Week: Jessica Knebel

Jessica KnebelJessica Knebel is a student in the Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Jessica  has been an ACRL member since 2010 and is your ACRL member of the week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Optimistic, energetic, dedicated.

2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your iPod)? I decided to make this semester’s recreational reading theme “historically notable books,” so right now I am re-reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and then I plan to delve into some classics I have never read by authors like Jane Austen!

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Informative, resourceful, professional.

4. Why did you join ACRL? I joined ACRL in order to network with the many librarians and institutions who are already members, and to utilize ACRL’s professional resources to learn more about working in a research-oriented and/or academic library setting.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I value the ability of academic librarians to adapt to the ever-changing needs of their patrons by using a variety of resources to answer patrons’ questions even if the librarian is not familiar with a specific subject.

6. In your own words: Though I haven’t yet had a chance for much on the job experience while attending library school, I have really enjoyed learning about librarianship as a profession and many of the new challenges librarians and libraries are currently facing. I hope to continue to expand my knowledge of available resources by using the tools provided by my school, ALA, ACRL, and other organizations who are committed to making librarians the most knowledgeable and helpful folks around!

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