Member of the Week: Nicole Thomas

Nicole Thomas

Nicole ThomasNicole Thomas is College Librarian at Erie Community College South Campus Library in Orchard Park, NY. Nicole has been an ACRL member since 2015 and is your ACRL member of the week for June 6, 2016.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Patient, ambitious, pragmatic.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I recently finished reading Mike Tyson’s Undisputed Truth. Until I make it to the next book, I’ll be filling my reading gap with newspapers, fitness, and fashion magazines. My mentor has also been sending me various professional articles for reflection and discussion.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Valuable, supportive, innovative.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I value ACRL’s dedication to keeping academic librarians connected, especially to each other, the exchange of new and useful ideas is astounding. ACRL provides so much support with the availability of professional development opportunities and scholarships.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? One of my contributions is working to get our students reserve copies of textbooks. I consistently work with teaching faculty and publishers to help students succeed by having copies of their textbooks available when they need them. I also provide reference services and find new ways to effectively teach our students research skills during information literacy instruction.

6. In your own words: I’ve worked in libraries since I was a teenager in many different positions but the most meaningful has been as an academic librarian. I am always very grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to grow and collaborate with others in the same field. It’s a great time to be in the profession with so much going on. I know I’ve made the right decision in choosing academic librarianship as a career.


Editor’s Note: Are you an ACRL member? Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Nominate a colleague? Contact Mary Jane Petrowski at mpetrowski@ala.org for more information.