Mary Jane Cedar Face is Collection Development and Social Science Librarian at the Southern Oregon University Hannon Library in Ashland, Oregon. Mary Jane has been an ACRL member since 2000 and is your ACRL member of the week for September 30, 2013.
1. Describe yourself in three words: Curious, committed, caring.
2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your mobile device)? I recently finished reading Collaborative Autoethnography by Heewon Change, Faith Wambura Ngunjiri, and Kathy-Ann Hernandez, for a Choice review. That said, as a mystery buff, I’m really looking forward to my next book, Leaving Everything Most Loved, the new Maisie Dobbs mystery by Jacqueline Winspear (Harper, 2013). I also enjoy reading Huffington Post and listening to Pandora music stations on my iPad and iPhone.
3. Describe ACRL in three words: Multi-faceted, evolving, effective.
4. What do you value about ACRL? ACRL 2013 was great! ACRL is the ideal professional organization for academic librarians. ACRL’s publications help me to stay current with news, research, and best practices. I value being a Choice reviewer. ACRL’s professional development offerings help me gain new skills and interact and learn from other librarians. ACRL sections, like ANSS and RBMS to which I belong, provide opportunities for participation and sharing with librarians with similar interests. ACRL resources are essential! We utilize ACRL standards when advocating for our library to campus administration and when we’re engaged in assessment or accreditation activities.
5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? Librarians at Southern Oregon University (SOU), a regional public university, have faculty status. We fully participate in the teaching and learning mission of the university with the attendant expectations for scholarship and service. This year, I’m a member of the Chairs Council, Graduate Studies Council, and Accreditation Steering Team. My latest endeavor is serving as the embedded-librarian for the newly-established Social Justice House, an interdisciplinary, cohort-based, four-year student learning experience that debuted in fall 2013.
6. In your own words: I cannot imagine a better career than being an academic librarian. I find nothing more satisfying than helping a student with research and observing their ‘aha!’ moments as they learn new skills and discover sources. Our numbers are few and librarians at SOU wear many hats. I am the collection development librarian, special collections coordinator, newsletter editor, liaison to social science programs, chair of the library faculty, and participate in our digitizing team. All SOU librarians teach, staff the reference desk, and select for their subject areas. I love the diversity of tasks. I’m never bored! My current passion is an outreach project to gather materials from Southern Oregon wineries and vineyards – capturing, preserving, and making accessible the historical record of this regionally important industry. I also appreciate opportunities to stay current in my subject areas, Native studies and anthropology.
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