Member of the Week: Emily Drabinski

Emily Drabinski

Emily DrabinskiEmily Drabinski is coordinator of instruction at Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY. Emily has been a member of ACRL since 2007 and is your ACRL member of the week for July 31, 2017.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Organized, organizing, organizer.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? The Global Transformation of Time by Vanessa Ogle and In the Woods by Tana French. I can’t believe it took me so long to start reading her!

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Best practices, people power, connecting.

4. What do you value about ACRL? ACRL has introduced me to a network of colleagues who consistently challenge my thinking and practice, engage in critical research, and consolidate and extend the influence of librarians beyond my reference desk and classroom. ACRL offers us structures we can use to make bigger and better things happen.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? Someone called me “the switchboard” the other day and that captures my role. I connect people to resources of all kinds to help them shape and answer their questions and solve all kinds of problems.

6. In your own words: Academic librarians build things, from catalogs and research guides to instruction programs and publishing initiatives. It is our responsibility to build those things in ways that are maximally open and hospitable to the vast diversity of ways of thinking and doing that happen in our libraries. We do our best work when we understand the power we have to shape the way inquiry happens on our campuses.

Editor’s Note: Are you an ACRL member? Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Nominate a colleague? Contact Mary Jane Petrowski at for more information.