Member of the Week: Erika D. Johnson

Erika D. Johnson

Erika D. JohnsonErika D. Johnson is a library services specialist at CSU Fresno in Fresno, CA. Erika first joined ACRL in 2017 and is your ACRL member of the week for February 12, 2018.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Ancient language enthusiast.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I recently finished listening to a Great Courses lecture series on utopian and dystopian novels on my mobile device and I’m almost finished with Butcher Bird by Richard Kadrey.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Collaborative open forum.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I most value the collaborative environment of ACRL and the commitment to advocacy for all aspects of academic librarianship. I think it is especially important to have a place where the issues facing academic librarians can be discussed and resolutions for problems can be found.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? As a cataloger I am responsible for one of the most fundamental missions of the library–discovery. As a newly hired library specialist, I aim to ensure all resources are fully described and therefore accessible to all students.

6. In your own words: I have just started my post-MLS library career and I am excited to be able to contribute to description. During my PhD research I only discovered how important proper description was when I came across pertinent items randomly in the catalog that were not found during a search. Research can be trying in and of itself, and poor description should not make it more so.

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