Member of the Week: Jungwon Yang

Jungwon Yang

Jungwon YangJungwon Yang is International Government Information and Public Policy Librarian at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. Jungwon has been an ACRL member since 2013 and is your ACRL member of the week for June 20, 2016.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Compassionate, inquisitive, analytical.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I am reading Cockroaches by Jo Nesbo, Jules and Jim by Henri-Pierre Roche, and The Reluctant Welfare State by Bruce S. Jansson.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Communication, collaboration, inspiration.

4. What do you value about ACRL? The ACRL conference is a great place to learn about emerging issues in academic libraries and to communicate with colleagues who share similar interests. I also want to mention the wonderful Ms. Kathryn J. Deiss, ACRL’s former content strategist, who helped me immensely during the Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians in 2014. Her thoughtful advice about leadership, organizational culture, and creating a personal vision deeply helped me to realize what kind of librarian I want to be. She also helped me to understand how to balance my work and my private life. Last, but not the least, I  heard from my fellow University of Michigan Librarians that ACRL provides useful and exciting professional development programs for all level of librarians. I am very interested in participating in these ACRL programs in the near future.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? As an international government information and public policy librarian, I provide reference and consultation services related to policy, international governmental organizations, and foreign governments to clients. I also teach library workshops related to public policy, government information, data resources and retrieval, research data management, and research method.  I collect and manage books, journals, statistics and other electronic resources related to public policy.

6. In your own words: As a research librarian, I am passionate about providing “reliable” information to researchers and improving data accessibility for them. My interest in the reliability and accessibility of information often leads me to explore new ideas and take on new projects, such as three library guides about statistics and geospatial data for three East Asian countries, a research methods class for the new graduate students of the Ford School of Public Policy, an international research data management workshop for librarians, and my attendance at the United Nations’ Regional Cartographic and Global Geospatial Information Management Conference to resolve a data accessibility problem. I cannot say that I was not nervous when I developed these new ideas. I am still nervous when I begin a new and challenging project. However, I am lucky to have advisors and mentors who encourage me to dream up new ideas and patiently wait while I figure out how to develop those ideas clearly. I’m also lucky because of the researchers at the University of Michigan who appreciate my efforts to create better research environments and because of my colleagues who share my burdens without hesitation.

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