1. Describe yourself in three words: Understanding, approachable, hardworking.
2. What are you listening to on your mobile device? Currently, I am reading Moniz, Henry, and Eshleman’s Fundamentals for the Academic Liaison. It is very important to have librarians woven throughout the curriculum in higher education. Not only for our inclusion in university wide decision-making, but to form relationships with faculty, gain their trust, support and demonstrate how valuable we are to the overall mission of our institution.
3. Describe ACRL in three words: Educational, instructive, knowledgeable.
4. What do you value about ACRL? ACRL has added value to my professional life as an academic librarian in multiple ways. ACRL has allowed me to network with others, obtain resources and take continuing education courses, which have benefited myself and those who I have helped both in the library and classroom. Second, I have built my career and instructional services around ACRL’s standards. Last, I value not what ACRL has done for me, but what it has allowed me to do for others. Currently, I am a mentor with the New York chapter of ACRL and have a terrific mentee.
5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? As Shelby Foote noted, “A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library ” This is quite true at Mercy College and many other academic libraries I have visited thought out Westchester County, NY and the surrounding area. Mercy College is set up as a library learning common, so we facilitate many resources in one place which include a writing, tutoring and learning center. A one-stop shop of sorts. I must admit that I am a cog in a wheel of many terrific subject specialists, systems, assessment and general reference librarians. Although, in my current role, I teach students how to navigate through the overload of information, I also help students to research and facilitate their use of the library tools Mercy offers. Last, I provide library instruction to many of our general education and social sciences classes.
6. In your own words: I have been told that if you find a job that you love you never really work a day in your life. This is very true for me as an academic librarian. But more, I find that being able to see our students grow into life-long learners who are information literate is far more rewarding. I have found great satisfaction when I see my student body get what is being explained, but more when they are able to apply the skills learned to other areas is far more delightful. The job is fun, tough, challenging and mentally stimulating all at once and I feel that I have found a perfect match for my skills and abilities.
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