Category Archives: Member of the Week

Member of the Week: kYmberly Keeton

kYmberly KeetonkYmberly Keeton is Academic Art Librarian and Assistant Professor at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, MO. kYmberly has been an ACRL member since 2014 and is your ACRL member of the week for November 28, 2016.

1. Describe yourself in three words: I am an artistic, outgoing, and determined academic librarian.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I am currently reading White Teeth by Zadie Smith, and Who’s Afraid of Post Blackness by Touré; recently I finished Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: I believe that ACRL represents transformational leadership, academic scholarship, collaborative spaces and environments. I know that is more than three. 🙂

4. What do you value about ACRL? I value getting to know other academic librarians, learning about progressive initiatives, and being involved with different committees. As an early-career librarian, I have the opportunity to learn from others’ being a part of this field and organization and I welcome all that is before me. I find that there is always something to do to help propel you to the next level.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I am an academic librarian, assistant professor, and the arts library coordinator at Lincoln University Missouri. As a librarian, I help students with special research questions. I act as a liaison librarian for the humanities, and am an ear to hear students’ needs regarding campus community-wide initiatives. I am also a professor of library science and I teach Hip Hop Information Literacy. I had the pleasure of creating the course and now it is housed under our minor. Additionally, as the arts library coordinator, I am responsible for all of the arts programming in the library and try to create a cultural hub for all things creative for students and faculty on campus through The Arts At Page Library.

6. In your own words: #sexylibrariansrock #iamacreativemixologist #iamthefuture #ubettathink2016


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: José A. Aguiñaga

José AguiñagaJosé A. Aguiñaga is a library faculty member at Glendale Community College in Glendale, AZ. José has been an ACRL member since 1996 and is your ACRL member of the week for November 21, 2016.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Professional, inspiration, and respect.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? Currently reading, Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones, and 100 Things Padres Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die by Kirk Kenney. Listening to Adele, David Gilmour, David Sanborn, and Dave Koz.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Organization, representation, opportunities.

4. What do you value about ACRL? The numerous in-person and virtual opportunities to be engaged with other academic librarians and issues.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? Integrating information literacy with the curriculum and providing holistic academic perspectives in a participatory governance environment.

6. In your own words: I have enjoyed and continue to enjoy being an academic librarian. The opportunity to engage, enlighten, and even encourage individuals to pursue the completion of their higher education goals is paramount to my contentment as a professional. As the dissemination of information continues to evolve in our profession, we as academic librarians will remain vital to the success of students and the academy.


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: Melissa S. Stoner

Melissa S. StonerMelissa S. Stoner is Native American Studies Librarian at the University of California, Berkeley in Berkeley, CA. Melissa has been an ACRL member since 2015 and is your ACRL member of the week for November 14, 2016.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Quirky, sassy, and sarcastic.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I started listening to The Pen Addict Podcast. Don’t let the name fool you, they also talk about and review other stationery products. Once in awhile I’ll also listen to Lore. For my birthday my husband gave me a Taschen book, A History of Photography: From 1839 to the Present.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Collaborative, inclusive, resourceful.

4. What do you value about ACRL? As a 2014 MLIS graduate of San Jose State University, I am new to ACRL. I’m honored to have been sponsored by LITA as an ALA Emerging Leader this year and look forward to learning more about ACRL through the coming years. It feels great to be part of an organization that is as passionate about student success, and information literacy as I am.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I think I bring a passion for creating useful and beautiful online collections. In 2013, I was hired as Digital Projects Librarian to develop the Nevada State College Undergraduate Oral History Collection. I enjoyed working with students and community members to collect oral histories from the founders of the city of Henderson, Nevada and the college. More recently I was been working in the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Digital Collections Department on the National Digital Newspaper Program. In March, I was hired as the Native American Studies Librarian at the University of California, Berkeley. The Ethnic Studies Library, where I will be working, is eager to digitize much of their print archives. I look forward to being a part of such a great project. I think I also bring a broad perspective on what it means to be a Native American today, and can help challenge positive and negative stereotypes. I’m excited about meeting and being able to collaborate with the Native American Studies faculty and students.

6. In your own words: I often remember something Miguel Figueroa, Director of the ALA Center for the Future of Libraries, said as the commencement speaker at my SJSU graduation. He said that the longer he has been a librarian that the more value he sees in the other life experiences each of us brings to librarianship. I think that my first 20-some odd years growing up on the Navajo Reservation and my years spent as a domestic violence advocate will always shape my perspective on librarianship. I think that there is power in knowledge, and I want to help share that power with the powerless.


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: Michelle Reed

Michelle ReedMichelle Reed is Open Education Librarian at the University of Texas at Arlington in Arlington, Texas. Michelle has been an ACRL member since 2015 and is your ACRL member of the week for November 7, 2016.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Creative, curious, resilient.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I became interested in librarianship as a career while I was enrolled in the MFA program in creative writing at McNeese State University. These days the majority of what I read is related to my work, but when I read for leisure I tend toward the stories and novels of my friends and fellow McNeese alumni. I’m currently reading The Pocket Guide to Divorce: A Self-Help Work of Fiction by Neil Connelly, who directed the fiction program when I was a student at McNeese. I recently finished Hurt People, the debut novel of Cote Smith. Cote and I taught integrated courses in a bridge program for student-athletes at the University of Kansas (KU); I enjoyed getting to know his creative work as we collaborated on preparing our students for their academic experiences.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Progressive, collaborative, informative.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I value the people and the learning opportunities that are available through ACRL. Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy: Creating Strategic Collaborations for a Changing Academic Environment, a white paper published by ACRL in 2013, shaped my work over the last two years. I’m fortunate to build on that now by collaborating with an incredible team of ACRL members to develop and present a new workshop, “Two Paths Converge: Designing Educational Opportunities on the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy.” We would love to visit your campus!

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I am new to UTA Libraries and to the position of Open Education Librarian. As an undergraduate learning specialist at KU, my focus was on creating meaningful learning experiences for undergraduate students by partnering with faculty to design assignments and integrate information literacy concepts into their courses. I see my work at UTA as a natural extension of that. The principle that knowledge is a public good transcends position or title; I contribute to campus by advocating for the ethos of Open and raising awareness of the mechanisms that support openness.

6. In your own words: I love being a librarian. I love learning new things and helping others discover and tap into their curiosities. I love teaching students about information, about how systems of scholarly communication work, and about what those systems mean for access and innovation. I love collaborating with students to design resources, providing opportunities for students to share their research, and conducting my own research. My career as an academic librarian allows me to do all of those things.


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: Henry Felix Raine

Henry Felix RaineHenry Felix Raine is Director of Digital Projects and Library Technical Services at the New-York Historical Society in New York, NY. Henry has been an ACRL member since 1992 and is your ACRL member of the week for October 31, 2016.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Conscientious, focused, affable.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I’m currently re-reading The Raj Quartet, by Paul Scott, a beautifully written account of British life in India in the final years of the Raj. I’m also reading The Married Man, by Edmund White, about an American expat who meets his French lover in Paris in the late 1980s at the height of the AIDS epidemic. Although my work and interests are all about the book as physical object, I love my e-reader, which is much easier and lighter to carry on my daily commute on the New York City subway.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Collegial, supportive, engaging.

4. What do you value about ACRL? ACRL has allowed me to be a better professional and to make many friends over the years. As a special collections librarian who has spent his whole career working with rare books, manuscripts, and archives, I’ve been involved in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of ACRL for nearly 25 years. RBMS offers great professional development and networking opportunities during the major conference it holds every year prior to ALA. It also helps new librarians through its scholarship and mentoring programs, and it allows them to gain leadership experience thanks to its extensive committee structure and its conference planning work. I’m very grateful for the logistical support that ACRL and its wonderful staff provide for all of these activities. ACRL offers a home where RBMS can prosper as a venue for rare books and manuscripts librarians. It is a place where we can discuss how we work and teach with the unique collections that allow scholarship and learning to thrive and how we can adapt to the ways in which librarianship and our users’ expectations change. It is particularly exciting and inspiring to see the creativity and energy of people now entering the profession when I go to conferences. As someone who works in a smaller institution without the larger context of a university campus, RBMS and ACRL are my campus, my community, and the place where I can learn new things and meet a variety of people with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and responsibilities.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I work for an independent research library, so I’m not an academic librarian strictly speaking and I’m not located on a university campus, but everything my colleagues and I do relates to making our extraordinary collections of primary sources available to students and scholars, and interpreting them to a wide audience.

6. In your own words: Working with great collections of unique materials is one of the things that gets me out of bed every morning, but I also love working with fantastic colleagues at my institution and in the library profession as a whole. I don’t think most people outside of our profession realize all that we do, and how well we do our jobs given our very limited resources. Life as a rare books and manuscripts librarian is rewarding because of the people and the collections I work with, but also because overcoming the challenges of low staffing and limited funding through hard work, flexibility, and ingenuity is a reward in itself. In the 30 years I’ve been a librarian, the work has become increasingly technical and diversified, and forces us all to become lifelong learners. I look at what we accomplish, and I’m constantly amazed that we’re asked to do so much, and that we consistently deliver even more than what is expected of us. It can be disappointing if our work and what we give to the academic community is undervalued, but I see part of the job as making sure people know what we do, and when we do get positive feedback and genuine appreciation, as often happens, it is immensely gratifying.


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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