Member of the Week: Julie Judkins

Julie JudkinsJulie Judkins is Digital Curator at the University of Michigan Center for the History of Medicine in Ann Arbor. Julie has been an ACRL member since 2010, is a 2013 ALA Emerging Leader,  and your ACRL member of the week for May 20, 2013.

1. Describe yourself in three words:  Curious, Creative, Passionate.

2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your mobile device)? For the 826michigan volunteer book club, the Reading Robots, I’m reading The Shadow of the Wind (La sombra del viento) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. For my other book club, composed of fellow University of Michigan School of Information grads, I’m reading Michael Ridley’s Beyond Literacy. I’ve been  listening to Justin Cronin’s The Twelve on CD.

3. Describe ACRL in three words:  Innovative, Supportive, Community.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I appreciate ACRL’s sponsorship of professional development and the many opportunities to network and learn from peers. I also appreciate ACRL’s advocacy for the value of libraries and librarians within the higher education environment.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I love that my job as a Digital Curator at the Center for the History of Medicine allows me to translate my colleagues’ important research into an educational resource for the University of Michigan’s students and faculty (as well as researchers all over the world.)

6. In your own words: I feel privileged to work on a university campus, especially one as vibrant as the University of Michigan. I once heard Edward Norton say he became an actor because it was an excuse to never stop learning. I feel very much the same about librarianship. I’m grateful that an academic library career allows me to unite my passions for teaching, research, and public service.

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