ACRL Member of the Week: Jina DuVernay

Jina DuVernay

Jina DuVernay is a special collections librarian at Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama. Jina has been a member of ACRL for 1 year and is your ACRL member of the week for January 14, 2019.

Jina DuVernayDescribe yourself in three words: Curious, easygoing, opinionated.

What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device(s)? I am reading Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue and Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves by Glory Edim. Also, listening to Dianna Hobbs’ daily podcast is a must for me.

Describe ACRL in three words: Leading, supportive, valuable.

What do you value about ACRL? I value ACRL’s reputation. Joining ACRL was a no-brainer after repeatedly hearing other librarians talk about how beneficial being a member was to them. Now a member myself, I greatly appreciate the quantity and wealth of important information that ACRL provides. As I strive to continue to learn and to do my job well, I am confident that I can look to ACRL as an important asset to help me achieve my professional goals.

What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? As an academic librarian, I make it a point to establish a warm, open space for the campus community by interacting with them in a friendly and respectful manner in an effort to ensure that they know that they are heard and that I am here to assist with their academic endeavors. I encourage enthusiasm for the library’s resources by creating engaging outreach programs and I am dedicated to developing a robust and accessible collection.

In your own words: I always wanted to be that person who said that they loved their job, that they would do their job even if they were not being paid for it and becoming a librarian has allowed me to do just that. I wish that I had pursued this career twenty years ago. But I am here now and I am proof that it is never too late to bet on yourself.

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