Member of the Week: Kenya S. Flash

Kenya S. Flash

Kenya S. FlashKenya S. Flash is the librarian for political science, global affairs, and government information at Yale University in New Haven, CT. Kenya first joined ACRL in 2014 and is your ACRL member of the week for February 26, 2018.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Jovial, resourceful, and collaborative.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I am reading The Map Thief by Michael Blanding.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Community, scholarship, and resources.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I value the ability to share, learn from, and interact with a community that is concerned with ensuring student success and in supporting scholarship.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? As an academic librarian, I contribute my time, energy, and enthusiasm to my campus. I do this by providing instruction and consultations, working on committees, volunteering, and trying to engage different campus constituents.

6. In your own words: I often tell my students that as an academic librarian, I work to make myself irrelevant. It is my hope that after I have worked with students they will feel more empowered to engage in their own research with the confidence and diligence of a highly trained researcher. Of course, I believe that there will always be room for consultation and discussion of best practices, but if I can, I would like to encourage students to master their own research process. Put another way, I hope to empower students and other researchers to fearlessly engage in the research process.

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