Tarida Anantachai is Resident Librarian at the Syracuse University Library in Syracuse, New York. Tarida has been an ACRL member since 2011, is a 2013 ALA Emerging Leader, and your ACRL member of the week for March 25, 2013.
1. Describe yourself in three words: Dedicated, empathetic, optimistic.
2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your mobile device)? I’ve been reading a few things in fits and spurts, so hopefully by typing this out I can finally hold myself accountable for finishing them! Some of the titles I’ve started include Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid’s Hot Sour Salty Sweet, Jhumpa Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth, and David Sedaris’ Holidays on Ice.
3. Describe ACRL in three words: Connected, driven, professional.
4. What do you value about ACRL? I greatly value the community provided through ACRL, which facilitates connections amongst a diverse range of academic library professionals in our field. At the same time, it provides a number of opportunities to support our active engagement and growth, including collaborative committee work, publications and continuing education workshops, and open discussion forums on the latest topics of the day. ACRL helps to foster collegiality; in many ways, its most valuable resources are the people within it!
5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I like to think (and hope!) that I bring an enthusiasm and genuine interest in supporting our campus’ needs, which I try to apply into all of my daily activities. Outreach and developing relationships—whether by making a personal connection during a research consultation or by working with other campus units on joint projects—is one of the more increasingly important activities in which academic librarians need to be involved. It allows us to better understand our institutions’ needs, as well as to demonstrate our role in supporting them.
6. In your own words: I often find myself excited by the new ideas and challenges I encounter every day on the job. This constant feeling of discovery and learning is at the very heart of librarianship, and in fact is part of what makes it such an engaging profession. I love the energy of a college campus and the types of inventive questions, discussions, and projects that this environment inspires. Academic libraries and the librarians within them are essential in supporting the intellectual inquiry, advancement, and advocacy of both their respective campuses, as well as the greater community at large. Bearing all this in mind, it’s hard not to be feel inspired ourselves!
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