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Member of the Week: Kai Alexis Smith

May 12th, 2014 by Mary Jane Petrowski in Member of the Week No Comments

Kai Alexis SmithKai Alexis Smith is Adjunct Reference Librarian at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City. Kai has been an ACRL member since 2009, is a 2014 ALA Emerging Leader,  and your ACRL member of the week for May 12, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Humble, hard-working, team player.

2. What are you currently listening to on your mobile device? I listen to podcasts during my commute. I just learned about Hessian troops during the Revolutionary War from the Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast. I like podcasts because they give me the opportunity to learn about things that I might not seek out myself.

3. Describe ACRL in three words:  Opportunity for supportive collaboration.

4. What do you value about ACRL? Not only do I value the resources for continued education and mentoring opportunities that ACRL makes available to the community, but also the opportunity to work with colleagues on committees and projects. I have already met incredible professionals and look forward to making more connections that I hope to keep throughout my career.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I contribute an enthusiasm for the profession, an eagerness to assist researchers in their scholarly pursuits, and a team player attitude.

6. In your own words:  I finally found what I was meant to do – be a librarian. I graduated with my MILS last May and am very excited to be joining the profession. I have been lucky enough to meet professionals from different organizations who have been supportive and continually provide valuable advice. As a librarian in an academic environment, I can help users in a way that I could not in my previous career path. I enjoy working with both undergraduate and graduate students and faculty with research and in the process, I always learn something new.

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