1. Describe yourself in three words: Dependable, enthusiastic, playful.
2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I’m systematically working my way through my hold list of Nnedi Okorafor books.
3. Describe ACRL in three words: Current, bedrock, academic.
4. What do you value about ACRL? I value the resources ACRL provides its members, such as College & Research Libraries News. As someone not currently in academia, I’ve found it extremely useful to have something to turn to monthly that keeps me up-to-date on academic trends, and even offers some resources that I can translate to my work.
5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your institution? At the Library of Michigan, my colleagues come from a range of libraries: state, public, and academic. My academic background contributed greatly to my bedrock of research methods, user testing, and emphasis on long-term strategy. Without my previous time at academic libraries, I would not be as confident a proponent of user-centered research as I am today.
6. In your own words: Being on the outside looking in with academic and research librarianship now, I am nostalgic for the interaction with students and faculty, the proximity to cutting-edge research, and venues for academic discussion. There is always an energy around work done in academic libraries: steps towards innovation that flourish in research contexts. I’m sure if I return to an academic position in the future, it will feel like coming home.
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