Elizabeth Galoozis is Information Literacy and Educational Technology Librarian at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Elizabeth has been an ACRL member since 2012 and is your ACRL member of the week for August 31, 2015.
1. Describe yourself in three words: Reflective, methodical, pragmatic.
2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device(s)? I just raced my way through Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, and now I’m reading Gay L.A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, & Lipstick Lesbians by Lillian Faderman and Stuart Timmons. (I love a good subtitle.) I’m also reading Saga by Brian K. Vaughan as each issue comes out, and trying to keep up with Poetry and The Atlantic.
3. Describe ACRL in three words: Connection, support, learning.
4. What do you value about ACRL? The conference is by far my favorite conference – there’s always so much programming that interests me, the keynote speakers are creative, and it’s the perfect size. I also value the in-depth professional experiences ACRL offers, like Immersion and Assessment in Action. Participating in Immersion in 2012 was a real turning point in my thinking and professional development. I appreciate that ACRL’s members are always challenging ourselves to improve, and not rest on the progress we’ve already made.
5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? As an Information Literacy and Educational Technology Librarian, I consider my central contribution to be making connections: for disciplinary faculty between their learning goals and information literacy; for students with other perspectives and ways of thinking; and for librarians with information literacy across the university and across our large library system. More specifically, I work with our General Education curriculum, graduate student and faculty orientation, and the libraries’ reference working group, and I’m the subject librarian for linguistics and comparative literature.
6. In your own words: I became an academic librarian because I love and value inquiry and critical thinking, and I didn’t feel like that passion was (for me) contained in any one discipline. I don’t think I would have said it in those words back when I applied to library school, but I did have a sense I would be happier participating in a wide range of learning and research experiences rather than devoting myself to a narrower field of study. I’m happiest when I’m working closely with faculty and students to explore their passions and interests.
Another reason I became, and love being, a librarian was articulated recently by my colleague Callie Wiygul, who said that she often asks herself: “How is what I’m doing helping people?” I’ve used this thought many times since then as a way to re-focus, to help me to prioritize work, and to consider the impact of both small- and large-scale efforts.
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