Sara Kuhn is the senior manager for research and learning at Monash University Malaysia in Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia. Sara has been an ACRL member since 2016 and is your ACRL member of the week for April 24, 2017.
1. Describe yourself in three words: Dedicated. Smart. Funny.
2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I am currently reading Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice by Maryellen Weimer. It is recommended reading in the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (GCHE) program I am currently engaged in at Monash University Malaysia. I love it because it discourses on pedagogy in easy-to-digest chunks while using simple, but effective language. On my iPad I am regularly engaged in Lynda.com video certification courses. This year I have completed Risk-Taking for Leaders, Blended Learning Fundamentals, Teaching Fundamentals: Project-Based Learning, and Flipping the Classroom. For fun? I watch movies on my iPad… 2 nights past…The Sleeping Dictionary as it is set here in Malaysia; in Sarawak in 1936. I plan to compare Hollywood’s depiction with that of the local heritage scholars.
3. Describe ACRL in three words: Exciting. Extensive. Expanding.
4. What do you value about ACRL? Engaging and useful conversations enhanced by valuable, career-expanding connections with colleagues and mentors. I admit I am a new member. This is my first academic librarian position in a university setting. Prior to that, my 10-year career was largely centered in public libraries in the US and Canada. ACRL is integral to helping me to navigate my new landscape and role as an academic librarian, specifically in my recently-held role as liaison librarian and current role as senior manager, research and learning, managing the Department of Liaisons Librarians, Learning Skills Advisers, Postgraduate Programs Coordinator, and Web Librarian.
5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I feel that my team and I contribute significantly to enhancing scholarly study and research and learning on campus and provide our staff and students with the tools they need to not only succeed academically, but to be competitive in a global workplace and marketplace. I am currently leading the campus-wide implementation of the Research Skill Development (RSD) framework, developed by John Willison at the University of Adelaide, which is based on Bloom’s Taxonomy, ACRL info lit standards, and the ANZIIL standards.
6. In your own words:
Busy. Rewarding. Whole-hearted.
I thoroughly enjoy working with the students and academic staff on my campus. I feel extremely lucky to have such a rewarding career. I know that I help students and staff to more efficiently navigate the wealth of e-resources we have at our fingertips at Monash; and assist them in gaining knowledge around information literacy, scholarly communication, and research impact—subjects which by their nature tend to be elusive for both the student and the researcher.
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