Peace 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.
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