Member of the Week: Katelyn Angell

Katelyn AngellKatelyn Angell is Reference and Instruction Librarian at the Long Island University Brooklyn Campus in Brooklyn, New York. Katelyn has been an ACRL member since 2011 and is your ACRL member of the week for April 21, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Motivated, curious, jovial.

2. What are you currently reading? I’m in graduate school for psychology right now so the majority of my reading material has pertained to psychoanalysis or forensics! However, in my spare time I’ve been reading the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop and Edna St. Vincent Millay, along with Morrissey’s Autobiography.

3. Describe ACRL in three words:  Cutting-edge, supportive, energizing.

4. What do you value about ACRL? Learning about ACRL during my time in library school was one of the primary factors which confirmed to me that academic librarianship was the area of the profession most suited for my skills and objectives! The organization has such a diverse array of both in-person and virtual professional development opportunities, ranging from licensed workshops to a comprehensive bi-yearly conference to the prestigious Information Literacy Immersion Program. I’m so grateful to ACRL for a scholarship which they awarded me earlier this year; it allowed me to attend ACRL 2013 in Indianapolis — my first ACRL conference ever! This type of funding that ACRL offers is so valuable to students and librarians alike during these difficult financial times.

I also really appreciate and benefit from ACRL’s publications. It’s always exciting when I come home and find a copy of College & Research Libraries News in my mailbox; I learn such practical pedagogical strategies from its articles. (I also really like having a print copy; it’s really nice to curl up with the journal and a mug of tea on the couch!)

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? As a tenure-track academic librarian my job is a combination of on-the-job reference and instruction activities, scholarship, and service to the university and profession. My teaching responsibilities are split between classroom instruction and the reference desk, where I also provide telephone and virtual reference. I relish the opportunity to teach information literacy skills to residents of the community in which I live and work. Helping undergraduate and graduate students locate, evaluate, and apply the information they seek to meet their educational, professional, and recreational needs assists not just these individuals but the community as a whole.

I’m currently enrolled in the psychology master’s program at LIU Brooklyn in order to become a psychology subject specialist. As such I teach the bulk of the psychology library instruction sessions! In addition to my librarian duties I also serve on several university-wide committees, including the Gender Studies Faculty Board and the Academic Affairs Committee. These roles allow me to further contribute to favorable learning experiences and outcomes among the student body

6. In your own words: I’m so happy to have a position which encourages me to both teach information literacy skills to members of my community and contribute to the development of my field through scholarship and professional service. In addition to enjoying teaching others research skills I take great joy in conducting my own research on library-related topics and publishing my findings in the field’s journals. When I was a college student I was torn between becoming either a librarian or a psychologist; I decided that I would become an academic librarian with a focus on the social sciences, and it’s been one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made for myself!

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