Member of the Week: Brandon West

Brandon West

Brandon WestBrandon West is Social Sciences Librarian at SUNY Geneseo in Geneseo, NY. Brandon has been an ACRL member since 2014 and is your ACRL member of the week for August 15, 2016.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Driven, genial, collaborative.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I am reading Nolo’s Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home by Alayna Schroeder, Llona Bray, and Marcia Stewart as I creep into the world of adulting.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Essential, progressive, community.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I value being able to participate in an active community that is both intellectual and passionate. Whenever I have needed guidance on a project or idea, I have been able to count on other ACRL members to share their experience and perspectives. I consider ACRL to be the most beneficial and relevant source of professional development for academic librarians.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? As a faculty member, I am highly involved with campus community on a variety of levels from providing reference and instruction services to helping support online course development to making the campus a safer place for the LGBTQ community. In a larger sense, I promote information literacy; connect people to ideas, resources, and services; encourage students to do their best; listen to and support students, faculty, and staff.

6. In your own words: As an academic librarian, I am a creative problem solver. I spend my days figuring out how to best teach my students, inventing new library services, developing my scholarly agenda, and more. Being a voice in the evolving academic landscape energizes me and makes me feel like I am making a difference in the world.

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