Describe yourself in three words: Thorough, Inquisitive, Patient.
What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device(s)? Right now, I’m reading two books. I’m rereading The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins on my Kindle for fun while also reading Introduction to Cataloging and Classification, 11th Edition by Daniel N. Joudrey, Arlene G. Taylor, and David P. Miller for my summer class.
Describe ACRL in three words: Educational, Innovative, Inclusive.
What prompted you as a student to join ACRL? As soon as I was accepted to the MSLIS program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I searched for professional organizations I could join in order to learn as much as possible beyond the classroom. I joined ACRL because I always planned to work as a librarian in higher education. By joining ACRL, I hoped to learn about current issues and trends in academic libraries and the associated research as well as to make connections with current librarians.
What are your career goals? How might ACRL help you achieve those goals? My goal is to work as a health sciences librarian at a large research university. I also have a strong interest in instructional design. I would like to be able to combine these interests by working closely with faculty and students to integrate information literacy and library resource education into the curriculum. ACRL provides educational online programs, librarian profiles, and research and information trends that will help me guide my learning throughout my program. Making professional connections can provide me with mentorship and guidance on how the field is developing and how I can develop my skills to support my passions and career goals.
In your own words: Academic librarianship is the cornerstone of research and education in higher education. While librarians maintain resources and access to these resources, academic librarians go a step beyond by collaborating with faculty for teaching and research needs. As I focus on a career in health sciences librarianship, I am excited to have the opportunity to educate users to efficiently and effectively evaluate and navigate resources throughout their careers. I hope to encourage faculty and students to see academic librarianship as a resource for educational collaborations. I hope to constantly improve my ability to educate, serve, and collaborate with users by reflecting on my teaching and reference successes and failures through research.
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