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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