Member of the Week: Brittney Johnson

Brittney Johnson

Brittney JohnsonBrittney Johnson is head of library instruction at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX. She is also part of the presenter team for ACRL’s licensed workshop Engaging with the ACRL Framework: A Catalyst for Exploring and Expanding Our Teaching Practices. Brittney has been a member of ACRL since 2015 and is your ACRL member of the week for August 28, 2017.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Teacher, thinker, creator.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I’ve just begun reading Mohsin Hamid’s Exit WestNext in line is my book club’s selection Jenny Colgan’s The Bookshop on the Corner.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Community, engaging, education.

4. What do you value about ACRL? As a former public educator, and because of the involvement I have in ACRL’s information literacy work, I appreciate ACRL’s commitment to engaging librarians as educators. The role that academic librarians serve for students expands far outside the reaches of the classroom, and as such, we have unique opportunities to educate students in a variety of contexts. I value the emphasis that ACRL places on guiding academic librarians through this endeavor.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? As head of library instruction, I develop programmatic curriculum in information literacy and lead the library instruction team in cross-disciplinary integration of that curriculum across campus. I also collaborate with the First-Year Writing program to develop integrated models of teaching research and writing that center around shared threshold concepts of information literacy and writing studies, and I teach the senior-level capstone course.

6. In your own words: I love this job! In my role at St. Edward’s, I have the opportunity to not only teach, but to support and mentor students throughout the entirety of their undergraduate career. It is incredibly rewarding to watch and be a part of students’ evolving understandings as they progress from freshmen to seniors in their disciplines. Because St. Edward’s is a small, liberal arts university, we are able to build meaningful relationships within a tight-knit community—with the library at the center! The thinking and innovating and global involvement of our students is inspiring and empowering as an educator.

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