1. Describe yourself in three words: Conscientious. Passionate. Creative.
2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I just finished Anna Kendrick’s biography, Scrappy Little Nobody, which is not only quite amusing but also relatable for any woman early in her career who might have anxiety or even imposter syndrome. I also recently read the young adult novel Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon in about seven hours. I absolutely love children’s and young adult literature! For my next YA book club meeting I’ve started Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed.
3. Describe ACRL in three words: Inclusive. Vast. Inspiring.
4. What do you value about ACRL? I value the experiences that ACRL provides academic librarians, both new in their career and established in the field. There is always something to learn, and ACRL offers those opportunities to learn—both in person and virtually—that we might not otherwise have. Librarianship has so many areas of focus. It’s nice to have an organization that’s dedicated specifically to our needs. It’s not just professional development. It inspires us to be leaders, or better leaders. It encourages us to innovate. It’s an exciting world in which to be involved!
5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? On my campus, I recently transitioned from an instruction/reference librarian to an eLearning librarian. Having taken all my graduate degree courses online, I understand how important it is for distance students to be able to connect with a friendly, human face even if they can’t come to campus. I serve as a resource and advocate for this demographic, assisting students with everything from online research to technical difficulties. I also serve on our library’s marketing team where I help to plan student engagement events, create promotional materials, and maintain our social media.
6. In your own words: I work at a community college library where the population of students is so incredibly diverse—we see students from all cultures, backgrounds, and ages. I serve international students who are just learning English, 60-year-old students going back to school, teenagers who are the first in their family to go to college, mothers who work, raise kids, and attend classes. And all of them are so proud to be here. The students I see in the library and help online work so hard to be able to finish their assignments and progress in their studies. They are dedicated to their success, so I just make sure they know they can always come to me if they have questions or need help along the way. That’s what we’re here for.
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