Yu-Hui Chen is Subject Librarian for Education and East Asia Studies at the University at Albany, SUNY in Albany, NY. Yu-Hui has been an ACRL member since 2008 and is your ACRL member of the week for October 24, 2016.
1. Describe yourself in three words: Dedicated, intellectually curious.
2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I am reading The Buddha in Your Mirror: Practical Buddhism and the Search for Self by Woody Hochswender.
3. Describe ACRL in three words: Supportive, educational, opportunity.
4. What do you value about ACRL? I value ACRL’s leadership in supporting the professional growth of librarians from diverse backgrounds through professional development programs and service opportunities. I also value the strong commitment demonstrated by its members, who volunteer their time and expertise to advance the organization and communicate the value of academic and research librarianship in higher education.
5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I contribute to my university’s mission and values by developing library collections that support learning, teaching, and research; facilitating ease of resource access and information discovery via library web usability studies; and fostering lifelong learners with critical thinking and problem-solving skills through instruction and research assistance. I support the university’s strategic goals by reaching out to our international students and helping them succeed academically through research and plagiarism workshops and by working with teaching faculty to prepare our students to become knowledge workers. My research on web usability and user education is intended to contribute to the knowledge base in the field and increase the national and international visibility of the university, especially the university libraries and their scholarship. As I strive to be an effective teacher and a good researcher, I am also dedicated to both governance and non-governance committee work to help the university fulfill its mission.
6. In your own words: I enjoy working with students and teaching faculty in higher education, an intellectually stimulating environment. Teaching and learning go hand in hand. I always make an effort to build on my knowledge and skills during the process of helping students with their research projects or preparing teaching materials for course-related instruction. As a firm believer in user-centered service, I find their smiles of satisfaction extremely rewarding.
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