ACRL Member of the Week: Amy Mars

Amy Mars

Amy Mars is a research, instruction, and outreach librarian at Saint Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Amy has been a member of ACRL for two years and is your ACRL member of the week for August 20, 2018.

Amy MarsDescribe yourself in three words: Curious, compassionate, driven.

What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device(s)? I’ve been reading An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon and listening to Janelle Monae’s Dirty Computer on repeat. They pair great, I definitely recommend it!

Describe ACRL in three words: Collaborative, supportive, innovative.

What do you value about ACRL? I really value the array of opportunities there are to learn, connect with colleagues, and hone your expertise. Whether it is through webinars, articles, books, twitter chats, or one of the many subdivisions, there is something for everybody. In particular, I’ve appreciated the collection development resources provided by the WGSS, have heavily utilized the ACRL IL Sandbox, and have enjoyed both leading and participating in the webinars offered by the Literatures in English and Instruction Sections.

What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? As a research, instruction, & outreach librarian I co-lead our information literacy efforts and have been fortunate to be a part of fostering campus conversations on race, immigration, and other important issues through our institution’s One Read for Racial Justice Program. We are gearing up for our next One Read with Shannon Gibney’s book, Dream Country. I’m very excited! I’ve also played a leading role in digital humanities efforts around our campus through instruction, advising faculty, and collaborative research. One of the most rewarding projects I’ve worked on so far has been collaborating with an English professor whose class creates digital stories to share their immigrant or refugee experiences. I feel quite lucky to work with such amazing & inspiring students!

In your own words: I love all the opportunities I get to learn new skills, work with students, staff, and faculty, and lead initiatives that promote inclusion and build community. I enjoy being a part of the research process whether that is through guiding students, collaborating with colleagues, or diving into my own projects. There are many paths you can take as an academic librarian and I love being able to explore and discover.


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.