Category Archives: Member of the Week

Member of the Week: Peace Ossom Williamson

Peace Ossom WilliamsonPeace Ossom Williamson is Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Texas at Arlington Libraries in Arlington, Texas. Peace has been an ACRL member since 2014, is a 2015 ALA Emerging Leader, and your ACRL member of the week for December 8, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Silly, Sentimental, and Ambitious.

2. What are you currently reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I rarely read fiction, so my titles can be a bit uninteresting to most, but the most recent fiction work I read was Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie because I love everything she writes. Americanah was no exception. The nonfiction books I’ve finished recently are mainly how-to books, but I also read Innovator’s DNA by Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen, and Clayton M. Christensen.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Evolving, Advocating, and Educating.

4. What do you value about ACRL? ACRL is valuable to me because it provides a chance to connect with medical librarians working in academic institutions. It also creates various avenues for ideas to collide, and these can come from individuals with various backgrounds, positions, and experiences. My involvement in these opportunities has strengthened my ability to innovate as well as my knowledge of best practices.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? I work as an informationist, an advocate, an educator, a facilitator, a connector, and a colleague with the students, faculty, and staff on campus. I am liaison to the Biology and Kinesiology Departments and liaison to the College of Nursing, which is the largest not-for-profit nursing college in the country with over 8,000 students. In addition to assisting with research and technology needs through consultations and instruction sessions, I work with the Scholarly Communication librarians to educate the aforementioned groups on copyright and open access issues. Furthermore, I work to connect people across disciplines and to connect academics and their work with the greater community, through the facilitation of special programs and events. My time as an academic librarian at UT Arlington is and will continue to be ever-changing and greatly rewarding!

6. In your own words: Academic librarianship is not for the timid or the tired as it involves a spirit of continuous learning and growing. It is an exciting profession for those who love to grow and develop skills and abilities in technologies that may not have existed a week ago. It also involves forethought into the trends of information needs and an institution’s particular needs, as the library is the cross-roads or meeting point where connections are made and innovation is born.


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: Heather Lea Moulaison

Heather Lea MoulaisonHeather Lea Moulaison is Assistant Professor in the iSchool at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. Heather has been an ACRL member since 2002 and is your ACRL member of the week for December 1, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Adventuresome, Personable, Driven.

2. What are you currently reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I’m currently about halfway through The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood by James Gleick. I had wondered for a long time about the origins of alphabetic order and was surprised when this was the book to provide some initial answers. Indulging in audiobooks is one of my guilty pleasures; for non-work reading, I usually tend toward nonfiction, but have been listening recently to J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit in French (Le Hobbit), read by an actor with an incredible gift for making the words come alive, Dominique Pinon.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Empowering, Accessible, Enlightening.

4. What do you value about ACRL? The people. There is something so wonderful about librarians overall, but the members of ACRL are, in my experience, supportive, encouraging, and friendly. They are also some of the most intelligent people I have ever met. I owe a lot to ACRL librarians who have helped me navigate not only ALA, but also the profession in general.

5. What do you as an LIS educator contribute to your campus? Being an LIS educator in a university that values interdisciplinary allows me to engage with a variety of partners from across campus. For example, thanks to a research project in partnership with the library’s Head of Digital Initiatives, Felicity Dykas, we have been able to mentor and support an LIS Masters student learning to carry out research. Though my connections with the publishing branch of the campus bookstore, I am able to work with area self-publishers and to introduce library students to some of the technology supporting self-publishing. Finally, as an instructor for one of the core courses in our campus’s newly developed Digital Humanities certificate program, I will be supporting future work of our campus’s humanities students.

6. In your own words: Teaching in an ALA-accredited LIS program is incredibly rewarding. In some ways, it is the best of all possible worlds. I remain strongly tied to the profession through my collaborations with librarians on-campus and beyond. For example, with academic library partners, I have been developing a research agenda focusing on the role of authorship, have been engaged in thinking about and supporting digital humanities, and have incorporated a service learning component in both my Cataloging class and my Metadata class. As a professor, of course, I also get to work with library school students – some of the most dedicated, ambitious, curious, and enthusiastic people around. Their optimism is infectious, and not unlike most librarians, I can honestly say that I love what I do.


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: John Glover

John GloverJohn Glover is Humanities Research Librarian at the Virginia Commonwealth University James Branch Cabell Library in Richmond, Virginia. John has been an ACRL member since 2006 and is your ACRL member of the week for November 24, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Creative, inquisitive, patient.

2. What are you currently reading (or listening to on your mobile device)?Too many things, as always. Ana Kai Tangata, by Scott Nicolay. Far From Streets, by Michael Griffin. The Luminol Reels, by Laura Ellen Joyce. Seam, by Tarfia Faizullah. Social Network Analysis, by John Scott. New Critical Essays on H.P. Lovecraft, edited by David Simmons. Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Supportive, connected, metamorphic.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I value the way that ACRL provides a guiding light for the ecosystem that supports college and research libraries. Donors, technologists, librarians, staff members, administrators, library school students, trustees, vendors, programmers, managers, patrons, and other library supporters: I’ve met and learned from all of these people in ACRL-sponsored venues, whether conferences, webinars, or publications.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? I run a one-of-a-kind matchmaking service for patrons in the humanities, connecting my people with whatever they need, be it a book, person, database, program, website, or otherwise. Having done that, I help them to understand the ever-multiplying, ever-expanding systems that contain these things, up until the point where they have enough knowledge to navigate the chaos on their own.

6. In your own words: When I come to a fork in the road, I usually take it! Academic libraries are wonderful—endlessly diverting—and they contain something of the entire world. As such, when I encounter anything odd, whether it’s a foreign idea, mystifying item record, or student asking for something libraries don’t carry (chocolate parrots! Lamborghini can openers!), I start digging. And I dig. And I keep on digging, partly because it’s fun, but partly because it may mean an opportunity to change or improve things for our patrons. People will usually tell you that chocolate parrots don’t belong in the library (and they may be right), but the search and discussion will inevitably prove useful.


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: Claudia C. Peterson

Claudia C. PetersonClaudia C. Peterson is Reference and Instruction Librarian at Penn State Fayette in Lemont Furnace, Pennsylvania. Claudia has been an ACRL member since 2013 and is your ACRL member of the week for November 17, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Flexible, collaborative and curious.

2. What are you currently reading (or listening to on your mobile device)?Amor en los Tiempos del Cholera by Gabriel Garci­a Marquez.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Innovative, forward-thinking, dynamic.

4. What do you value about ACRL? It’s devotion to academic libraries through the research direction it takes.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? As a reference and instruction librarian at a small campus, I am a daily part in the lives of students. I especially contribute to their learning and discovery by making the library and its resources available at every step of their education.

6. In your own words: I feel that my career as an academic librarian has introduced me to valuable and very rewarding experiences in the classroom and outside the classroom.


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: Tanner Wray

Tanner WrayTanner Wray is Director of College Libraries and Information Services at the Montgomery College Libraries in Rockville, Maryland. Tanner has been an ACRL member since 2004 and is your ACRL member of the week for November 10, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Dedicated, fair, partner.

2. What are you currently reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? Joshua S. Wyner’s What Excellent Community Colleges Do: Preparing All Students For Success.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Value, network, forum.

4. What do you value about ACRL? The fantastic opportunities to network and collaborate on important academic libraries issues. The opportunity to serve the profession through activities like planning the ACRL 2015 conference.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? As Director of College Libraries and Information Services I serve a dual role. As the Libraries Director, I provide direction and leadership for the four College Libraries and central functions including Technical Services. I direct the development and implementation of long range and strategic planning. A significant focus for me is to create processes for staff to develop skills and to contribute in creating our 21st century libraries. A significant opportunity for the libraries staff at Montgomery College is participation in understanding community college students via ethnographic and participatory design research methods.

As a College Administrator, I contribute to the development of college programs and services. In the past year I chaired one of the work groups that made recommendations for restructuring Academic Affairs. I have also been working with faculty colleagues to increase student internship opportunities with a partner institution, and create a new faculty fellows program that will include librarian fellows.

6. In your own words: These are exciting times to be an academic librarian. We have excellent opportunities to demonstrate our relevance by supporting college affordability initiatives, and demonstrating the value we bring by linking closely to our institution’s priorities to close the achievement gap, improve completion rates, and empower our students to change their lives. These are particularly vital roles at community colleges.


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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