Jeremy Darrington is Politics Librarian at the Princeton University Library in Princeton, New Jersey. Jeremy has been an ACRL member since 2010 and is your ACRL member of the week for January 4, 2016.
1. Describe yourself in three words: Analytical. Disciplined. Articulate.
2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? Reading: A Dangerous Master: How to Keep Technology From Slipping Beyond Our Control by Wendell Wallach; It’s Not About the Broccoli: Three Habits to Teach Your Kids for a Lifetime of Healthy Eating by Dina Rose; and Subtle Body: The Story of Yoga in America by Stefanie Syman.
3. Describe ACRL in three words: Collegial. Engaged. Connecting.
4. What do you value about ACRL? What I most value about ACRL is how it has connected me to smart, talented, and dedicated librarians, especially through the Law and Political Science Section (LPSS). These colleagues inspire me and enrich my work with their professionalism and the generous sharing of their expertise.
5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? One of my contributions is the ability to translate between specialized domains in order to help meet the needs of students, faculty, and colleagues, whether that’s discussing with a senior the broader context of his thesis within political science, pointing a grad student to a specialized dataset, connecting a faculty member with a new technology or service, or explaining to a colleague how to fix her spreadsheet with a thousand URLs that no longer resolve properly.
6. In your own words: Being a political scientist and an academic librarian is a great career combination. Both careers involve studying and trying to solve complex questions of momentous, even global, significance that are both contentious and contested—tackling corruption, transforming student learning, alleviating poverty, advancing innovative scholarship—and both draw smart, passionate people who care about making a difference in their communities and societies. Not coincidentally, both careers also are often split between idealists and pragmatists, who rarely see eye to eye but who are generally united in critiquing the status quo. Sadly, both librarians and political scientists are also used to being the targets of short-sighted and politically-motivated funding cuts. But that doesn’t make the work we do any less important, nor does it reduce our commitment to doing it.
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