Category Archives: Member of the Week

Member of the Week: Cynthia Mari Orozco

Cynthia Mari OrozcoCynthia Mari Orozco is Student Services Librarian at California State University-Long Beach in Long Beach, California. Cynthia has been an ACRL member since 2010, is a 2015 ALA Emerging Leader, and your ACRL member of the week for March 2, 2015.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Passionate, creative collaborator.

2. What are you currently reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; Give it to Me by Ana Castillo; When Google Met Wikileaks by Julian Assange; and killing rage: Ending Racism, bell hooks.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Commitment. Community. Collaboration.

4. What do you value about ACRL? ACRL provides a comprehensive way for me to stay in tune with what’s happening in college and research libraries, from its publications to professional development opportunities to the amazing network of colleagues.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? As Student Services Librarian, I’m responsible for liaising with groups on campus that fall outside of the scope of specific academic departments, including Educational Opportunity Program (low-income, first-generation college students), pre-baccalaureate students, international students, transfer students, and new graduate students.

6. In your own words: I couldn’t be happier with the career path I’ve chosen. I had the good fortune of working with a great area studies librarian while I was pursuing my Masters in Latin American Studies, and her subject expertise, commitment to my success, and patience in explaining the foreign terrain of research to me was incredibly inspiring. Reflecting on how much I didn’t understand about information and research as an undergraduate, I decided that I wanted to be an academic librarian to ensure that students didn’t make the same mistakes I did and understand all of the library resources and services available to them, as well as mitigate library anxiety. The library can be a really scary place for students!


Editor’s Note: Are you an ACRL member? Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Nominate a colleague? Contact Mary Jane Petrowski at mpetrowski@ala.org for more information.

Member of the Week: Sarah Espinosa

Sarah EspinosaSarah Espinosa is Residency Librarian at the Towson University Libraries in Towson, Maryland. Sarah has been an ACRL member since 2013, is a 2015 ALA Emerging Leader, and your ACRL member of the week for February 23, 2015.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Life-long learner.

2. What are you currently reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I use my mobile device for creative writing, collaborating, personal organization, and networking. I read physical books and articles, and I’m currently reading Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Collaborative professional strength.

4. What do you value about ACRL? ACRL provides me with the vocabulary and context for professional advocacy. Using articles from ACRL publications and professional standards, I find myself better able to communicate why academic librarianship matters. I also value the opportunity to listen to, collaborate with, and learn from peers and mentors within the ACRL and especially the ACRL Maryland community.

5. What do you contribute to your campus? My role as a Residency Librarian allows me to take risks and devote attention to unique initiatives. In my two-year term, I have been able to engage new audiences, experiment with new tools, and pursue projects that support the University mission in lasting ways. One of these projects includes outreach to student organizations about contributing to history through donations to the Archives; another supports the initiative to map University curriculum to information literacy instruction.

6. In your own words: I appreciate the academic library environment because the research and teaching mission inspires innovation. Every librarian has the success of the student and research community as their goal, and as a result, they are constantly trying new things and improving existing services. The academic community thrives on collaboration and experimentation, and I love that energy.


Editor’s Note: Are you an ACRL member? Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Nominate a colleague? Contact Mary Jane Petrowski at mpetrowski@ala.org for more information.

Member of the Week: Nik Dragovic

Nik DragovicNik Dragovic is Library Collections Assistant at New York University. Nik has been an ACRL member since 2014, is a 2015 ALA Emerging Leader, and your ACRL member of the week for February 16, 2015.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Dedicated, Enthusiastic, Ambitious.

2. What are you currently reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I just finished Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima as part of my membership in a new book club, and most of my leisure reading falls under the canon of twentieth century classics. Next on my list is Inherent Vice, prompted by the recent film. And I’m always trying to keep up with the latest issue of C&RL!

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Inspiring, Instructive, Empowering.

4. What do you value about ACRL? As a fledgling librarian, I value the strong framework that ACRL has established for compelling research in the myriad areas that the organization covers. Coupled with the strong sense of community and shared resources for its members, it has served as an essential knowledge base for me to draw on for guidance in everyday practice and in scholarly pursuits.

5. What do you contribute to your campus? I think some of the most important value that myself and my colleagues add to our institution is a spirit of curiosity and interdisciplinarity. I’m lucky to work in an environment where a massive scope and a broad assortment of cutting-edge research and programs meet cross-pollination among our staff and departments. A point of focus for me is to bring new knowledge and understandings back from conferences and professional development, and I think that priority is shared.

6. In your own words: I’m excited to be working in a time of rapid transformation for library services and careers. During my time in library school, coming to understand the new landscape of influences on and applications of librarianship was a major highlight. The channels we are building to strengthen and reinterpret our knowledge networks mean than librarians will continue to hold a flexible, comprehensive, jack-of-all-trades connotation.


Editor’s Note: Are you an ACRL member? Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Nominate a colleague? Contact Mary Jane Petrowski at mpetrowski@ala.org for more information.

Member of the Week: Alexandra Janvey

Alexandra JanveyAlexandra Janvey is a Library Assistant in the B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library at Long Island University in Long Island, New York. Alexandra has been an ACRL member since 2009, is a 2015 ALA Emerging Leader, and your ACRL member of the week for February 9, 2015.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Tenacious, generous, honest.

2. What are you currently reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Useful, educating, supportive.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I value the support and opportunities that ACRL provides for information professionals to share their ideas and experiences. Something that is especially important in a constantly changing profession such as ours.

5. What do you as a library assistant contribute to your campus? As a Library Assistant in the Digital Initiatives Department, I provide reference assistance to art students and teach library instruction sessions for the art department. Another part of my job is to provide research support for the William Randolph Hearst Archive, which is housed in my department. This includes answering reference requests from all over the world and aiding in developing digital projects.

6. In your own words: Being able to help students with their research and find what they need is extremely rewarding. The same can be said about helping the public find what they are looking for within the archives. I love what I do, the people I work with, and I can help people develop critical research skills that they will continue to use.


Editor’s Note: Are you an ACRL member? Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Nominate a colleague? Contact Mary Jane Petrowski at mpetrowski@ala.org for more information.

Member of the Week: Crystal Boyce

Crystal BoyceCrystal Boyce is Sciences Librarian at the Illinois Wesleyan University Ames Library in Bloomington, Illinois. Crystal has been an ACRL member since 2011, is a 2015 ALA Emerging Leader, and your ACRL member of the week for February 2, 2015.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Driven, curious, nerd.

2. What are you currently reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I’m halfway through Metaliteracy: Reinventing Information Literacy to Empower Learners and have Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere teasing me from the bedside table.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Welcoming, progressive, connected.

4. What do you value about ACRL? The opportunity to work with a great group of people on issues that matter to today’s – and tomorrow’s – academic libraries.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? I’m the liaison to biology, chemistry, computer science, math, and physics and the first year seminars taught by faculty from those disciplines. In addition to research, instruction, and collection support in those areas, I’m an advisor to first year students, am active on a number of campus committees, and co-supervise the campus’s research and technology support desk (located in the library). I especially love being an academic advisor, since I’m helping these students discover what they really want to do, not just what they think they should do. More than anything, I see my biggest contribution as supporting the liberal arts curriculum. I just wrapped up a three-part speaker series which brought together students and faculty from the sciences and humanities, to explore how the disciplines inform and are informed by each other.

6. In your own words: Life as an academic librarian is crazy and awesome at the same time. I’m usually juggling between 5 and 10 projects at a time and I’ve recently come to appreciate the value of my time. But the thing I love most is that moment when a student drops in unexpectedly, and we wind up spending an hour together working out the kinks of a research project. When I see that tension starts to ease . . . it’s cool to think that you were able to help with that.


Editor’s Note: Are you an ACRL member? Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Nominate a colleague? Contact Mary Jane Petrowski at mpetrowski@ala.org for more information.

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