Regina Gong is Head of Technical Services and Systems at the Lansing Community College Library in Lansing, Michigan. Regina has been an ACRL member since 2005 and is your ACRL member of the week for January 21, 2013.
1. Describe yourself in three words: Energetic, funny, foodie.
2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your mobile device)? I’m about to finish The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides on my iPad and I can’t wait to start The Language of Flowers, a book enthusiastically recommended by a friend. Also, I enjoy listening to NPR and Pandora a lot during my commute.
3. Describe ACRL in three words: Forward-looking, supportive, dynamic.
4. What do you value about ACRL? What I value most about ACRL is the support it provides to academic librarians whether it’s a conference, webinar, workshop, or leadership institute. I appreciate learning about new and innovative things librarians do in their institutions through the College & Research Libraries News and the ACRL Insider blog. The level of engagement and the chance to connect and network with other librarians is an invaluable benefit of being an ACRL member.
5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I’d like to think that as librarians, we are an integral part of the academic success of our students. For a community college library such as LCC, where we serve a diverse group of students, it is essential that the services we provide and materials we make available to them reflect our commitment to information literacy, workforce development, and lifelong learning. In my role as systems librarian, I’m determined to provide our students with a positive experience in accessing information whether through the library catalog or website. The technology solutions I have implemented and will implement in the future would allow our students to discover and access a variety of resources to help them train for the workforce, complete their degrees, or transfer to higher levels of education.
6. In your own words: I’m very fortunate to be in a profession that I really love. Growing up, I did not necessarily aspire to be a librarian but somehow I found myself taking library science as an undergraduate degree. I was a very young librarian back then in the Philippines who worked mostly in special libraries. I did everything and worked my way up until I found myself here in the U.S. working for a library vendor. I’m very fortunate to be given opportunities through the support and diversity initiatives of ALA and ARL that allowed me to learn more about our profession and the issues important to libraries as well as be mentored by accomplished librarians whom I admire and look up to. I really feel that this is an exciting time to be a librarian. If we are already living the future, I can’t wait to see what lies ahead.
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