1. Describe yourself in three words: Analytical, committed, innovative.
2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your mobile device)? Currently listening/watching “HR and Employee Management Advice” by Doctstor Inc downloaded from iPhone store. Before this video, I listened to The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber by Jin Yong, a famous Chinese martial arts novelist. I am normally listening to audio books or YouTube when I drive to work, exercise, or do other things. I also read Lifescripts for Employees by Stephen M. Pollan recently.
3. Describe ACRL in three words: Evolving, effective, enriching.
4. What do you value about ACRL? ACRL, including its conferences, committee work, officers, webinars, newsletters, and publications, is valuable to all academic librarians and library paraprofessionals. It provides professional development and network opportunities to us. It also provides standards and guidelines for academic libraries, which help us understand the components of an excellent academic library. I have read most issues of College and Research Libraries and C&RL News and used some ideas to our library operations. I highly value ACRL and will recommend it to my friends who work in a library or study in a library school.
5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to the profession? Since I got the current position at Pitt Community College, with strong support from the college administration and the librarians and library paraprofessionals, we have made progress in many areas of library services and collections – expanded reference desk coverage to 100%; increased library instruction sessions and number of students taught by 50%; created a PCC Authors Collection; purchased an eBook collection; created and maintain a library Facebook page; created 59 new LibGuides; became the first community college library in North Carolina to use LibAnswers; added iPads and Kindles for our users; created 16 library video tutorials; established 13 library teams and work groups; started monthly library in-service; started Library Tech Smart Workshop Program for students; established a technology room; established a group online calendar that serves to increase communication among library staff; and won an LSTA EZ Planning Grant in 2013-2014.
As a library director, the most important contributions I make are: to create better conditions for librarians and paraprofessionals’ professional development, support their enthusiasm and creativity, and acknowledge their contributions and achievements.
6. In your own words: There are 1,132 community colleges in the United States. Community colleges serve almost half of the undergraduate students in the United States, providing open access to postsecondary education, preparing students for transfer to four-year institutions, providing workforce development and skills training, and offering noncredit programs ranging from English as a second language to skills retraining to community enrichment programs or cultural activities. The Community and Junior College Libraries Section (CJCLS) of ACRL contributes to library service and librarianship through those activities which relate to libraries and learning resources centers and services and which support the educational programs in community colleges and equivalent institutions. I am very proud of working at one of the community college libraries. For many years, I have learned a lot from ACRL, but wish that there are more programs, articles, webinars, and events for community college librarians and paraprofessionals.
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