Member of the Week: Eamon Tewell

Eamon TewellEamon Tewell is a Reference and Instruction Librarian at Long Island University-Brooklyn, in Brooklyn, New York. Eamon has been an ACRL member since 2008 and is your ACRL member of the week for September 21, 2015.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Thoughtful, precise, and engaged.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device(s)? Critical Journeys: How 14 Librarians Came to Embrace Critical Practice for the second time. It’s a really enjoyable and inspiring collection of interviews with librarians who have brought critical practice into their work. I’m also reading Black Looks: Race and Representation by bell hooks and The Googlization of Everything by Siva Vaidhyanathan.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Active, collaborative, and involved.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I appreciate ACRL’s efforts to push our field forward and its capacity to spur conversations that help shape our profession, whether it’s through professional development opportunities, disseminating LIS research, or creating documents like the Framework for Information Literacy.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I’m fortunate to have a tenure-track position where as a librarian I have support to contribute to the teaching and research activities of my campus and the profession at large. Most important to me is my role as a teacher, both in classes and at the reference desk. Much of my time is spent working directly with students, and given the library’s major role in supporting learners, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

6. In your own words: I was attracted to the profession because of librarianship’s history of and commitment to social responsibility, including values like intellectual freedom and access to information. Finding ways to further these goals (and, just as importantly, questioning what these goals mean in practice and how they can inform my everyday activities) is what maintains my interest in academic librarianship, and where I find the most meaning in my work. The fact that I get to strive towards these goals with so many committed, talented, and caring people who make up the profession makes it one that I couldn’t be happier to be a part of.

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