1. Describe yourself in three words: Optimistic, analytical, and thoughtful.
2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? For an online course I’m taking, I’m reading Learning and Instruction by Richard Mayer, plus a variety of research on teaching and learning. I also just got Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling and am looking forward to a light, funny read. I almost always listen to Tom and Lorenzo’s Pop Style Opinionfest podcast.
3. Describe ACRL in three words: Welcoming, enriching, and collaborative.
4. What do you value about ACRL? I find incredible value in the connections I’ve made through ACRL with colleagues throughout the country. So many academic librarians are doing amazing things for their communities and they inspire me to think creatively about my own work. ACRL helps me stay current on areas of academic librarianship outside of instruction, and the connections and friendships I’ve made bring a variety of perspectives into my day-to-day life. I attended the ACRL 2015 Conference and the ACRL Immersion Program – both were exciting professional development experiences, made even more outstanding by the people and the community.
5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? As the Instruction Librarian, I work with the rest of our instruction team and collaborate with subject liaisons on the design, planning, and assessment of our instruction, with the aim of using effective teaching practices to advance the research skills of undergraduate students. Of course, I also teach many library sessions – so far in my first 10 months at the University of Houston, I’ve worked with Freshman Comp 1 and 2, Biology, Psychology, and Engineering classes, and led workshops in our residence halls. It’s exciting to be at a point where I’m really getting a feel for our campus community and our students’ needs based on my interactions with them.
6. In your own words: Something I really like about academic librarianship is the wide array of people it attracts – people from all different educational backgrounds, people who have worked in other fields, and those like me who found librarianship as a first career. I am constantly learning from my colleagues, and we each play a distinct role in advancing the research and teaching missions of our university. I’m glad to have a fulfilling career where I can help students with their research and hopefully contribute to making their college education a more positive experience.
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