Amanda B. Click is a PhD Student and ELIME-21 Fellow in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science. Amanda has been an ACRL member since 2009, is the 2012 ACRL IS-sponsored ALA Emerging Leader, and your ACRL member of the week.
1. Describe yourself in three words: Confident, Adventurous, Involved.
2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your iPod?)? Since I started this PhD program, I have not had a lot of time for pleasure reading, aside from listening to audiobooks when I run – currently Mockingjay, the final book in The Hunger Games trilogy, is on my iPod. Over Christmas break, however, I read (and loved) Jeffrey Eugenide’s The Marriage Plot.
3. Describe ACRL in three words: Opportunity, Connections, Guidance
4. Why do you value most about ACRL? I completed my MLIS in 2008, and immediately took a position at the American University in Cairo (AUC) as an Instruction and Reference Librarian. Living and working abroad as a new librarian, it was easy to start feeling isolated from North American librarianship, but I found that ACRL was my best resource to remain involved. In 2009, I attended the Immersion Program in the teacher track, and in 2011 I published an article with a colleague in C&RL News. Opportunities like these allowed me to maintain a connection to the librarians and information professionals outside of Egypt, and to the field in general.
5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? At AUC, I spent a large portion of my time teaching, and in fact I became the Coordinator of Instruction in my second year. In addition, I enjoyed the opportunities and support to conduct my own research – and my research interests have included instruction training for new librarians, library services for non-native English speakers, and student use of library and other learning spaces. I was fortunate to have these experiences, because I discovered that this balance of teaching and research makes me feel professionally fulfilled.
6. In your own words: In August, I started a PhD program in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My fellowship involves developing library education in the Middle East and North Africa region, and earning a PhD in Information Science and a graduate certificate in Middle East Studies (for more information, check out elime.web.unc.edu). Eventually, I may wish to join the faculty of an LIS Master’s program. But for now, my goal is to finish my PhD and jump right back into academic librarianship. I want to teach, I want to serve, I want to lead – and I want to do all of these things in a college or university library.
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