Member of the Week: Ilana Barnes

Ilana BarnesIlana Barnes is Business Information Specialist at the Purdue University Libraries in West Lafayette, IN. Ilana has been an ACRL member since 2012 and is your ACRL member of the week for July 30, 2012.

1. Describe yourself in three words:  Hopeful, excited, adaptive.

2. What are you reading right now? My favorite thing to read right now is a Google Reader Bundle of 39 data blogs I currently follow, including FlowingData, the Guardian Data Blog, Floating Sheep, the Daily Viz, and Well-Formed Data.  People who know me know I love a good chart and I love learning about new data perspectives and sources. I really see our work in information literacy being echoed in the data community. Check out my bundle if you want to add it to your Google Reader as well!

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Teaching, specialized, quality.

4. What do you value most about ACRL? I value the programming and the people. When I got involved in ACRL, I found other people with the same kinds of issues that I deal with as an academic librarian. I’m always impressed with the quality of ACRL programming and how relevant it always feels to what I’m working on. I especially value the ACRL Instruction Section: it’s been really useful to acclimating me to instruction and specifically what sorts of instruction people are sharing out of academic librarianship.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I’m a Business Librarian at a research university, and I feel that my work has a direct effect on the economic lives of real people every day. If business school curricula have the ability to change the way that the business community is led and managed, then business libraries have the ability to change how the business community finds, analyses and uses information. Good business librarians at universities make a huge impact.

6. In your own words: I’m a brand new academic librarian (in my second month on the job), and I am just floored by all the cool stuff that goes on all the time in academic libraries. Sometimes I get to be a teacher, sometimes a researcher, sometimes an administrator, sometimes an entrepreneur. But I am always a student. Every day there are new things to learn.

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1 Comment

  1. Great interview, Ilana, especially “Sometimes I get to be a teacher, sometimes a researcher, sometimes an administrator, sometimes an entrepreneur. But I am always a student.” You get it!

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