Member of the Week: Cristina Caminita

Cristina CaminitaCristina Caminita is Agriculture/Information Literacy Librarian at the Louisiana State University Libraries in Baton Rouge. Cristina has been an ACRL member since 2009, is a 2013 ALA Emerging Leader, and your ACRL member of the week for June 3, 2013.

1. Describe yourself in three words:  Persistent, Motivated, Busy.

2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your mobile device)?  Currently reading on my iPad: The First 20 Minutes by Gretchen Reynolds. When I’m not running after my twenty-month- old little boy, I’m training for marathons, so I try to keep up with the latest exercise and endurance sports research. Reynolds does a fantastic job of summarizing the current scholarship. I also listen to podcasts as I train. My current favorite is The Dinner Party.

3. Describe ACRL in three words:  Ppportunity, Camaraderie, Knowledge.

4. What do you value about ACRL? The networking opportunities! They are particularly valuable for those of us on the tenure track, and for those of us who serve as subject specialists in areas that are not part of our professional or academic pasts. I joined ACRL-STS to expand my knowledge of agriculture and applied sciences resources. ACRL provides so many opportunities to continue your career development as a librarian, as well as mentor and guide others who are new to the profession, or are new to specific professional responsibilities.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I support the research of my students and peers, as well as conduct my own research. I teach my own classes and am promoting information literacy within the Agriculture curricula, most notably by teaching classes specifically designed to meet the needs of students participating in LSU’s Agricultural Residential College learning community. My organizational memberships, both in ACRL and the United States Agricultural Information Network (USAIN) give me the knowledge and tools to address the changing nature of information and how it used on campus. I think the most rewarding aspect of my role as a librarian is recognizing and appreciating the contributions of my colleagues, and then providing solutions to the challenges they experience as they work.

6. In your own words: Not only do I have the opportunity to conduct my own research, but I have the privilege of supporting the research of my colleagues who are all doing such amazing work in their fields. I am lucky to work with librarians who support each other and who have an impressive record of service at the local, state, and national levels. And regardless of the number of years I work in academics, I never tire of the wondrous light-bulb moment when students realize that research is a conversation in which they can participate.

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