Member of the Week: Elena Perez-Lizano

Elena Perez-Lizano

Elena Perez-LizanoElena Perez-Lizano is Senior Archivist at the State Archives of New Mexico in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Elena has been an ACRL member since 2012 and is your ACRL member of the week for June 27, 2016.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Curious, lifetime learner, adaptable.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I am currently rereading Not the End of the World by Kate Atkinson and Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper by Nicholson Baker.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Responsive, forward-thinking, diverse.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I value the camaraderie and the ACRL conferences, which have been compared to a spa day: you feel refreshed and re-invigorated, ready to take new ideas back to your library.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I somewhat recently transitioned from a technical services librarian at a small academic library to an archivist at the New Mexico State Archives.  When I first started, I really missed being a librarian, but I realized that what I missed most about being a librarian was meeting people at their point of need, especially at the reference desk. I realized that as an archivist my skills were highly transferable, and I really enjoy connecting patrons to the documents that we hold.

6. In your own words: Libraries and archives are in an continued state of evolution. As librarians, we must be flexible and adaptable to meet patrons at their point of need, wherever that may be.

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