Member of the Week: Faithe Ruiz

Faithe RuizFaithe Ruiz is Coordinator of Online Library Resources and Instruction at the College of Central Florida Clifford B. Stearns Learning Resources Center in Ocala, Florida. Faithe has been an ACRL member since 2014 and is your ACRL member of the week for December 14, 2015.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Industrious, Responsive, Intentional.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? My Struggle. Book One by Karl Ove Knausgaard, Living by the Word by Alice Walker, and Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady by Florence King. Most days, I am also reading my son’s favorites – Man in the Moon by William Joyce and Thumbelina: The Graphic Novel by Martin Powell and H C Andersen. Depending on mood, I choose from my favorite Pandora stations – Cocteau Twins, Tina Turner, Nina Simone, Bhi Bhiman, or Philip Glass.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Aware, Lively, Influential.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I value and respect ACRL for its scope and relentlessness in advocating for academic libraries and on issues of great social concern. The engaging manner in which ACRL approaches community and member support is much appreciated. And, I rarely put down the C&RL News without reading all of its content.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? As Coordinator of Online Library Resources and Instruction at the College of Central Florida, I develop and promote the library’s mobile and virtual services, focus on improving access to electronic offerings, and work with the E-Learning department to expand resources for faculty and students. My curiosity of legal designs and the law stirred an interest in copyright law as it relates to the academic community; I have initiated copyright literacy efforts for the college and am presently drafting a copyright education plan to support and further develop these efforts. My enthusiasm for learning and sharing information accompanies me to the reference desk each week and is nurtured by working with students and other patrons to support their research and discoveries.

6. In your own words: As I consider a long list of great moments and influences in my life, I find that the work of libraries and the progressive concerns of those working in the field align with my life and where I find meaning – being connected to purposes outside (and greater than) one’s self, knowledge for the sake of knowledge, commitment to the exploration and development of the whole person, and interconnectedness. The more contact I have with others living by these tenets, the more inspired I am by cooperative arrangements and how they foster innovative work experiences and a healthy community.

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