Lee Ann Fullington is Health and Environmental Sciences Librarian at Brooklyn College, The City University of New York in Brooklyn, New York. Lee Ann has been an ACRL member since 2012 and is your ACRL member of the week for November 16, 2015.
1. Describe yourself in three words: Empathetic, open-minded, resilient.
2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? As far as books, I’m currently in a run of (re)reading underground fiction from the 1960s. I just started Herbert Simmons’ Man Walking on Eggshells and I just finished Clarence Cooper Jr.’s The Scene. If I’m in a podcast mood, Rupaul’s What’s the Tee? is my go-to. I’ve picked up lots of tips for instruction from RuPaul, believe it or not! My true listening love is music though–Thee Oh Sees, Spacemen 3, Spiritualized, Kurt Vile, and Ty Segall are on heavy rotation on the iPod lately, providing the soundtrack for my commute on the NYC subway.
3. Describe ACRL in three words: Supportive, engaged colleagues.
4. What do you value about ACRL? ACRL as an organization fosters communality and encourages making connections that are not simply about professional development, but much, much deeper. As a new academic librarian, attending ACRL 2015 with the assistance of the Early Career Librarian Scholarship was a fantastic experience as it allowed me to meet so many inspiring librarians, and because of it, I connected with colleagues from all over North America. I value building relationships of all kinds with other librarians near and far: sharing ideas, practices, and even fandoms (there are a lot of us who are obsessed with baseball!). Thank you for your generosity, ACRL!
5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? Supporting students is the most important part of my job as a librarian, so I do as much as I can to be available when they need me, and I tailor instruction to their particular courses. I am heavily involved with the Health and Nutrition Sciences department at Brooklyn College. As their liaison, I am in the process of developing targeted, scaffolded instruction across the arc of the Nutrition program, in order to be able to help the students develop their research and health information literacy skills at key, meaningful points in their program. Our students at Brooklyn College are often balancing full time jobs, families, long commutes, and other responsibilities to attend college, so as a librarian, I want to support them and provide useful services at times when the students are available, and to work with them on their terms.
6. In your own words: In my practice, I feel that being an academic librarian is all about partnership. Partnering with students on their research, as they have the subject expertise and we have the search expertise. Partnering with faculty to help students develop research and critical thinking skills and prepare them for professional life after college. Partnering with fellow librarians to create and deliver amazing outreach programs. Partnering with colleagues to provide well-rounded reference assistance. Partnering with colleagues near and far on research projects to keep improving services or to uncover and address new findings. Taking time to reflect on my own practices is essential to cultivating these myriad partnerships, so I spend a lot of time considering how I can better support students, faculty, and colleagues, as well as show how grateful I am to everyone who supports me and helps me grow as a librarian.
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