Member of the Week: Matthew P. Ciszek

Matthew P. Ciszek

Matthew P. CiszekMatthew P. Ciszek is head librarian at Penn State Shenango in Sharon, PA. Matthew has been an ACRL member since 2003 and is your ACRL member of the week for May 1, 2017.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Passionate about libraries.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? Currently poring over “The Ithaka S+R US Library Survey 2016,” an article from the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies; “On ‘Diversity’ as Anti-Racism in Library and Information Studies: A Critique” by David James Hudson; and Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore. As soon as the spring semester is finished, and life settles down a bit, I have a nightstand piled high with books (both fiction and non-fiction) waiting for me.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Essential, engaged, effective.

4. What do you value about ACRL? The connections I have made with other academic librarians through ACRL and the high-quality publications geared toward college and research libraries that ACRL publishes.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? A faculty colleague once quipped, “Librarians get along with everybody.” I see my contribution as building bridges between students and faculty, faculty and administration, and the library and the campus at large. I’m a true believer that the library is the heart of any college or university and touches the lives of all students, faculty, and staff in many ways.

6. In your own words: Librarianship is a vocation, and academic librarians are called to serve in the “in-between places” where coursework, research, scholarship, and education intersect. Academic librarians are well-versed at connecting not only people with information and research, but also connecting people with each other and with the wider institution. If the academic library is the heart of the institution, then academic librarians are its heartbeat.

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