Member of the Week: Brian Sullivan

Brian SullivanBrian Sullivan is Online Learning Librarian at the  Loyola University – New Orleans J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library.  Brian has been an ACRL member since 2010 and is your ACRL member of the week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Terrific tutorial tamer.

2. What are you reading right now? The Count of Monte Cristo.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Professional, active, strategic.

4. Why did you join ACRL? I joined ACRL before taking an online class last spring. I enjoy the resources, webinars, and classes that are offered.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? What I value most about academic librarianship is building relationships with students and faculty. I consult with faculty on using technology in the classroom, and provide support throughout the semester.  I teach students technology and research best practices. These interactions help students and faculty achieve success.

6. In your own words: I decided to become a librarian while working in the Children’s Department at the Monroe County Public Library in Bloomington, Indiana. I trained to be a school media specialist because it brought together my background as a teacher with my desire to be a librarian… And then I became an academic librarian.

Oddly enough my training to become a school media specialist made me a perfect fit for my current position: Online Learning Librarian at the J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library at Loyola University New Orleans. My work combines pedagogy, information literacy, and technology. I create online learning objects and tutorials for traditional, blended, and distance classes.

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