Member of the Week: Mike Russo

Mike RussoMike Russo is Instruction Coordinator at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Mike has been an ACRL member since 2001 and is your ACRL member of the week.

1. Describe yourself in three words:  Skeptical, yet steadfast and disciplined.

2. What are you reading right now? I’m reading a few things. To satisfy my own personal interest in World War II, I’m reading Nazis on the Run by historian Gerald Steinacher, published by Oxford University Press. In connection with a potential research project, I’ve begun working on a pile of books dealing with media literacy. At the top of the pile is Marshall McLuhan‘s The Medium is the Massage (not really sure what’s at the bottom).

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Innovative, collaborative, progressive.

4. Why do you value most about ACRL? Easy: the Instruction Section. ACRL-IS is a focal point for ideas I use every day in the classroom. And ACRL is the fountainhead of information literacy, which has transformed bibliographic instruction into something identifiably pertinent to students.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I am challenged by my work and by my colleagues to keep developing, to keep learning, to keep improving. Ours is a symbiotic environment in which co-workers play off one another and grow in the profession as a result. We really thrive on teamwork here.

6. In your own words: When I started working toward the MLIS my goal was to work in a special library, preferably within a large corporation. Circumstances dictated otherwise.  I became an academic reference librarian out of necessity–jobless, took the first thing that came my way. As it turned out, I could not have chosen better. The campus atmosphere is stimulating, and I work with colleagues who put me to shame in terms of their accomplishments, but who have been nevertheless generous with their expertise and advice.

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