ACRL Member of the Week: Christina Hilburger

Christina Hilburger

Christina HilburgerChristina Hilburger is a student in the Master of Information Studies (MISt) program at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Christina first joined ACRL in 2017 and is your ACRL member of the week for May 28, 2018.

Describe yourself in three words: Curious, passionate, dedicated.

What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device(s)? Along with my course readings, I am currently enjoying American Gods by Neil Gaiman and Reckless Daughter, David Yaffe’s biography of Joni Mitchell.

Describe ACRL in three words: Academic, professional, inclusive.

What prompted you as a student to join ACRL? Before I started my program at McGill University, I worked in the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania. A couple of my colleagues suggested ACRL to me when I told them of my interest in academic librarianship. Recently, we started an ALA student chapter at McGill University’s School of Information Studies, which served as a reminder for me to join ACRL.

What are your career goals? How might ACRL help you achieve those goals? As an aspiring academic librarian, it is incredibly important for me to stay informed of the current issues and conversations surrounding academic and research libraries. Navigating the ever-changing worlds of higher education and libraries requires knowledge and expertise, which is why I look forward to connecting with a community of dedicated and passionate professionals. My overarching goal is to provide the best quality library services, especially regarding instruction and information literacy. The wealth of learning and professional development opportunities offered by ACRL will help me work toward this goal throughout my career.

In your own words: I hope to encourage collaboration with faculty, ease library anxieties, and support the learning and research needs of my community. Academic libraries are at the center of intellectual life on our campuses. I look forward to working for an organization dedicated to fostering a community of lifelong learners.


Editor’s Note: Are you an ACRL member? Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Nominate a colleague? Contact Mary Jane Petrowski at mpetrowski@ala.org for more information.