Member of the Week: Elisandro Cabada

Elisandro Cabada

Elisandro CabadaElisandro Cabada is an engineering and innovation librarian at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN. Elisandro first joined ACRL in 2015 and is your ACRL member of the week for November 27, 2017.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Driven, introspective, resilient.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I recently finished Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and am currently reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. My favorite reading materials at the moment are graphic novels and comic books because of the versatility of that medium. They use text and art in non-linear ways to tell powerful stories. As a cancer survivor, my favorite graphic novel at the moment is Stitches: A Memoir.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Service, opportunity, leadership.

4. What do you value about ACRL? What I value about ACRL is that it provides me with an opportunity for service. I want to contribute to our field and be meaningfully impactful. ACRL provides me with a network of communities that can empower me to be a better librarian at my institution and as a member of ALA in general.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I am a liaison to our computer science and electrical and computer engineering departments and to our Technological Leadership Institute, working with faculty and students to meet their research needs with instruction and consultations. Technology and how we use it in our user spaces is also a large part of my role at my institution’s libraries. We are currently working to build a community of expertise around emerging technologies and their intersections with library and academic spaces in general. I am also helping lead the development of our libraries maker/innovation spaces.

6. In your own words: I have been working in academic research libraries for the past 17 years. From student worker to library support staff, and in my current role as an engineering librarian my understanding of the “library” has evolved overtime. Understanding what services libraries provide is important but what has been more eye opening to me is developing an understanding of the role of libraries and librarians within our academic institutions and in our communities at large. This has empowered me with set of beliefs. As a previous ALA Spectrum Scholar and ARL Diversity Scholar, I am part of an amazing community of colleagues from all types of libraries and archives and life experiences. I hope to leverage that community and the expertise and cultural competencies within to better serve my own faculty and students and to reach underrepresented and underserved populations at my institution.

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