Member of the Week: Cynthia Cohen

Cynthia CohenCynthia Cohen is an MLIS student at San Jose State University and Library Services Coordinator at Dudek in Los Angeles, CA.  Cynthia has been an ACRL member since 2010 and is your ACRL member of the week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Inquisitive, multi-talented tree-hugger.

2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your iPod)? Coming Home to Eat (Gary Paul Nabhan), The Graveyard Book (Neil Gaiman), Start Where You Are (Pema Chödrön), Don’t Make Me Think! (Steve Krug), The Adams—Jefferson Letters (correspondence between Thomas Jefferson and Abigail and John Adams), and an ongoing parade of LIS articles and textbooks.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Outreach, community, responsive.

4. Why did you join ACRL? As a student member, to explore career options, build my professional network, and become conversant in the issues faced by academic and research librarians.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? More than any other type of librarian, I see academic and research librarians as a bridge between existing knowledge and knowledge yet to be–knowledge with the potential to benefit our global community. I value the opportunity to cultivate awareness, information literacy, and research proficiency in tomorrow’s educated workforce.

6. In your own words: You hear a lot of library folks say that they always loved to read, always loved libraries. Not I. In my late twenties, I found a book that changed my world. On those pages, disciplines converged in a way that compelled me as never before. The more I learned, the more I wanted to know; my path turned, and a new journey began. Since then, I have come to know myself as a voracious reader with a passion for research and an insatiable thirst for learning. I aspire to share this late-found enthusiasm with other potential scholars, promoting transdisciplinary thinking and the wealth of available information resources.

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