ACRL Member of the Week: Kayo Shintaku

Kayo Shintaku

Kayo ShintakuKayo Shintaku is a Ph.D. candidate in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. Kayo first joined ACRL in 2017 and is your ACRL member of the week for May 28, 2018.

Describe yourself in three words: Patient, Problem-solving, Fun.

What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device(s)? I don’t have any specific go-to-reading unfortunately, but I am reading many academic research papers particularly related entertainment media use in second language acquisition and teaching.

Describe ACRL in three words: Innovative, Resourceful, Community.

What prompted you as a student to join ACRL? I felt that participating in a learning community of academic and research librarianship is beneficial to gain up-to-date information and to learn about various projects.

What are your career goals? How might ACRL help you achieve those goals? Utilizing my interdisciplinary background, I would like to research and teach in academia being a bridge between the fields of library science and education/second language acquisition. Also, as I have served as an intern in Learning Games Initiative Research Archive where games and game-related/themed items are archived, I am interested in being part of a game archive project, too. ACRL will be a great platform in networking and being familiar with up-to-date information in libraries.

In your own words: I think the roles of an academic library have been expanding in the way that the library is a mediator for collaborations across colleges and departments within a university.

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