Anna Sandelli is the student success librarian for user experience and instructional assessment at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in Knoxville, TN. Anna first joined ACRL in 2014 and is your ACRL member of the week for November 21, 2017.
1. Describe yourself in three words: Inquisitive, enthusiastic, empathetic.
2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I just finished The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories of Facing the Unknown, a collection adapted from The Moth podcast that made me laugh, cry, and think. I’m winding my way through Madeline L’Engle’s “Time” quintet and currently reading A Swiftly Tilting Planet. I’m also reading Peter Filene’s The Joy of Teaching: A Practical Guide for New College Instructors and enjoying recommendations from friends and colleagues to add to my ever-growing list!
3. Describe ACRL in three words: Connector, conversation-starter, champion.
4. What do you value about ACRL? To me, ACRL is an invaluable source of both information and inspiration. Several months after starting my first professional librarian position, I had the opportunity to attend ACRL 2015, and I came away energized by the conversations and community I found there, as well as colleagues’ excitement about continuing these conversations long after the conference. Since then, my involvement in ACRL has continually reminded me that I’m part of a profession of dedicated and thoughtful individuals who are eager to collaborate, learn, and grow together.
5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? As a student success librarian, I feel fortunate to work with students in a variety of capacities related to learning, research, and engagement and to assessing our work in these areas. At the same time, my role enables me to work closely both with colleagues across our libraries and throughout campus. I seek to bring a student-centered perspective to these conversations and to draw upon my experiences of seeing the diversity of students’ experiences to be an advocate for incorporating a range of student voices and needs into planning and programming. I also aim to share the UT Libraries’ story, so that campus partners who are not as familiar with it can hopefully better understand how our mission and vision connects to—and can help shape—the campus’ story.
6. In your own words: As an undergraduate student, I was drawn to journalism because I was intrigued by the idea of seeking out stories. As a librarian, I feel like I’ve gotten to take this interest one step further by working with students as they write their own. I love seeing students grow in confidence and find their niche, as they navigate both scholarship and our campus community. One of the most rewarding parts of my job is having students I’ve taught or worked with in past semesters stop me in the library, on campus, or even on the street, to share how they’re doing and where they’re going next. Their enthusiasm as they explore and identify ways to contribute to the world around them fuels my passion for my work—and my appreciation for being part of a profession that values and advances this work.
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