1. Describe yourself in three words: Intellectual, poetic, and utopian.
2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? In between my semesters I have been reading some things on instructional design including Understanding by Design by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe, and also a few articles on the ADDIE method. For leisure, I am slowly reading R. A. Nicholson’s translation of Rumi’s Mathnawi.
3. Describe ACRL in three words: Insightful, innovative, and collaborative.
4. What prompted you as a student to join ACRL? Information literacy is one of the most exciting topics I’ve encountered while pursing my MLIS, and I’ve been learning about it at a really exciting time. Reading the analyses about the transition from the Standards to the Framework has been very enlightening. I joined ACRL because I hope to pursue a career in information literacy and library instruction, and the discussions surrounding this transition convinced me that ACRL is both an enlightening and forward-thinking organization.
5. What are your career goals? How might ACRL help you achieve those goals? After graduating, I would like to become an instructional librarian. I’m also considering obtaining a second master’s degree to become a subject specialist. ACRL offers a great community of scholars and professionals who think deeply and deliberately about their work. I am eager to join not just a professional organization, but a community of scholars who are working to ensure that students and other library users get the most out of their library experience. I hope to take advantage of the continuing education opportunities provided by ACRL, and network with other librarians and educators in the field.
6. In your own words: I’m learning that academic librarians occupy a unique position in a university learning environment. Research, teaching, and outreach are some of the main areas of work for academic librarians. I am excited to connect students and researchers with each other, and help them learn and discover what excites them.
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