Member of the Week: Billy S. Augustine

Editor’s Note: For the month of January, we’re profiling student members of ACRL. For a limited time, ACRL membership dues for students are just $5.

Billy S. AugustineBilly S. Augustine is an MLIS student at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. Billy first joined ACRL in 2017 and is your ACRL member of the week for January 3, 2018.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Inquisitive, passionate, learner.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I’m currently reading the Book of Nehemiah/Hebrews from the Bible and listening to K-Love radio station on the mobile.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Academic, research, community.

4. What prompted you as a student to join ACRL? I have been an academician for more than two decades in the field of engineering. As I was transitioning to the field of library and information science, I thought it was only logical that I become a part of the ACRL, which has been actively involved in academic libraries and their concerns as a key division of the ALA.

5. What are your career goals? How might ACRL help you achieve those goals? I would love to have a career that keeps me motivated through active service to the local community and academia at large. ACRL no doubt keeps me updated on the key issues in reference and research in the field of LIS and hence is valuable to me in achieving my goals.

6. In your own words: As I have come to know, the concept of academic librarianship has changed a lot over the years, in terms of what essentially is expected by students/researchers from their associated academic libraries. So in the present context, the academic librarian is required to keep up with the times and be flexible enough to take on new roles as necessitated by the ever-changing field of information sciences.

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.