Member of the Week: Katherine O’Clair

Katherine O'ClairKatherine O’Clair is Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Librarian at the California Polytechnic State University Robert E. Kennedy Library in San Luis Obispo, California. Katherine has been an ACRL member since 2003, is co-editor of the recent ACRL book The Busy Librarian’s Guide to Information Literacy in Science and Engineering, and is your ACRL member of the week for October 8, 2012.

1. Describe yourself in three words:  Passionate, enthusiastic, realistic.

2. What are you reading right now? Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson and Failure Is Not an Option by Gene Kranz. I love reading biographies of interesting people I admire.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Community, learning, sharing.

4. What do you value most about ACRL? I value that ACRL gives me and every member the opportunity to give back and contribute to the profession. I value that it gives its members so many ways to learn, share and grow. I value that ACRL contributes to our work as academic librarians and helps to develop the next generation of information professionals.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I value the opportunity to educate students and to serve my library and my university. I value helping others and making a difference in their lives.

6. In your own words: I became a librarian because I enjoy working with people, especially college-aged students, and helping them with their library-related research. I love teaching and sharing what I know with others. The students, faculty and staff I work with are doing so many fascinating things–I live vicariously through them. I feel fortunate to have found a career, a university, and, most importantly, a library that fits me so well and allows me to succeed.

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