Member of the Week: Sylvia Martinez

Sylvia MartinezSylvia Martinez is a student in the University of South Florida School of Library and Information Science in Tampa. Sylvia has been an ACRL member since 2010 and is your ACRL member of the week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Ethical, determined, inquisitive.

2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your iPod)? I’m currently listening to “High Violet” by The National and recently completed reading Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby and loved it.  Currently, I am reading Cataloging and Classification: An Introduction by Lois Mai Chan, Reference and Information Services in the 21st Century by Kay Ann Cassell and Uma Hiremath, along with several other books for library school!

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Supportive professional leadership.

4. Why did you join ACRL? I know that I want to work as an academic librarian.  As a library student, I looked for an organization that would not only keep me abreast of current issues and trends in academic librarianship, but also provide me with the opportunity to become more involved in the profession, as well as giving me access to professional development opportunities and scholarly publications.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? Academic librarians empower students to educate themselves through their own information seeking, as well as provide them with the ability to access and evaluate the information they require, enhancing the quality of their personal and professional lives.

6. In your own words: I hope that as an academic librarian I will enable future researchers to engage in the world around them in new and interesting ways.  I cannot think of another career that is as dynamic, rewarding and influential than that of an academic librarian.

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