Member of the Week: Khalil El-Bathy

Khalil El-Bathy

Khalil El-BathyKhalil El-Bathy is an MLIS student at San Jose State University in San Jose, CA. Khalil first joined ACRL in 2017 and is your ACRL member of the week for March 26, 2018.

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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