Jingfeng Xia is Director of the Library at the State University of New York at Rockland in Suffern, New York. Jingfeng has been an ACRL member since 2005 and is your ACRL member of the week for December 7, 2015.
1. Describe yourself in three words: Learning, thinking, working.
2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? Library Ethics, authored by Jean Preer, published by Libraries Unlimited; Getting the Word Out: Academic Libraries as Scholarly Publishers, edited by Maria Bonn and Mike Furlough, published by the Association of College and Research Libraries.
3. Describe ACRL in three words: Advocacy, connection, diversity.
4. What do you value about ACRL? In the fast changing world, academic libraries constantly face new challenges and struggle with the right directions to go. ACRL takes the responsibility to launch appropriate initiatives by collecting ideas from practitioners, analyzing experiences of pioneers, and putting together necessary resources to improve library services. It advocates an ongoing enhancement of the ability of librarians in support of teaching, learning, and research.
5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? As an MLS professor previously and a library administrator presently, I have been able to work closely with faculty, students, and academic staff to develop interactive programs. By establishing strategic goals and workable plans, I have been attempting to make our library an integrate part of our campus efforts that aim to increase the rates of student retention and graduation and collaborate with STEM educational exertions.
6. In your own words: While conducting research projects on the topic of open access, I have used ACRL as an important resource where I can keep abreast of novel developments, identify the new trends of scholarly communication, and participate in crucial activities. After coming to practice, I realize the excitements as well as difficulties of making an academic library academic. Librarians are information service providers, yet at the same time researchers themselves. Only if one is an “insider” will she or he be able to understand the essence of scholarship and education and then make the best contributions to science.
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