Tiffany Raymond the assistant director of the library at Wells College in Aurora, New York. Tiffany, a 2020 ALA Emerging Leader, has been a member of ACRL for 1 year and is your ACRL Member of the Week for January 20, 2020.
Describe yourself in three words: Enthusiastic, dedicated, reader.
What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device(s)? I’m in a bit of a book funk at the moment, so I decided to go back and re-read an old favorite. I chose Persuasion by Jane Austen. Next up is a review copy of Erik Larson’s new book, The Splendid and the Vile.
Describe ACRL in three words: Connections, resources, support.
What do you value about ACRL? I like how ACRL connects me to other librarians in academic libraries. I work at a small college, with a relatively small library staff. It’s easy to feel isolated as I focus on my own duties. ACRL helps me feel connected to the library community.
What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? As a librarian at a small college, I wear a lot of hats. I teach information literacy skills to our student body, and provide one-shots to many of our classes. Apart from teaching and providing reference assistance to the students, which I love, I also handle our special collections. For the past few years we have been engaged in grant-funded digitization projects, helping to make archival resources more accessible. I love when I’m able to interest students in the history of our college and area!
In your own words: When I first started thinking about going into library science, I wasn’t considering becoming an academic librarian. Soon after I started my program I decided this was the best fit for me. As a research-fiend who wanted to be able to help people, working in an academic library seemed like the perfect fit. I love being able to support my students through some of the toughest tasks of their college experience, and give them skills that will help them throughout their lives.
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