Member of the Week: Jaron Porciello

Jaron PorcielloJaron Porciello is Digital Scholarship Initiatives Coordinator at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Jaron has been an ACRL member since 2014 and is a Scholarly Communication Workshop Presenter. She is your ACRL member of the week for October 5, 2015.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Learner, enthusiastic, and forward-thinking.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device(s)? I like to read a few books at the same time to suit my moods! I’m currently reading Impure Science by Steve Epstein, Assumption by Percival Everett, The Summer Book by Tove Jannson, and Dodsworth in Rome by Tim Egan (to my daughters).

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Diverse, on trend, and professional.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I look to ACRL to see what’s on the minds of my librarian colleagues, especially areas that are not in my direct purview. The committees are great opportunities to network and contribute professionally to the field.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? As a digital scholarship coordinator, I look for opportunities to work with researchers on interesting ways to communicate research and data assets. For instance, I am embedded on a research grant called the Alliance for Science where the primary aim is to establish a global coalition of champions who support access to scientific innovation though evidence-based communications.

6. In your own words: My core belief is knowledge and information is a human right. Access to high-quality information, education, and the ability to aptly navigate a digital world should not be granted only to those who are born the “right” sex, in the “right” part” of the world, and who are accepted into the “right” schools. I am committed to working with my colleagues in order to develop creative, intelligent solutions to ensure that people everywhere have access to information and opportunities to become knowledge producers.


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.