Member of the Week: Barbara J. Mann

Barabra J MannBarbara J. Mann is Assistant Director for Public Services at the University of Maryland University College in Adelphi, MD. Barb has been an ACRL member since 200, is the recipient of the 2012 ACRL IS Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award, and is your ACRL member of the week for August 6, 2012.

1. Describe yourself in three words:  Committed, enthusiastic, engaged.

2. What are you reading right now? Sometimes one needs a break from reading the professional literature and recreational reading fills that need. I have been reading The Walk series by Richard Paul Evans. I read the second volume on the flight to Anaheim and have just ordered the third book in the series.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Innovative, authoritative, professional

4. What do you value most about ACRL? With its focus on academic and research libraries, ACRL is my “go to” place for access to the specific types of information and networking opportunities needed to assist me in my everyday work as well as helping me to continue to grow professionally.  ACRL provides a wealth of resources in the form of standards and guidelines, publications, discussion lists, and face-to-face and virtual conferences and programs. These resources, coupled with the networking and learning that comes through attending ACRL-sponsored events and participating on ACRL IS committees, have proven to be invaluable to me as a librarian.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? Academic librarianship allows me to be a participant and collaborator within a scholarly community. Not only do I contribute to student learning and retention through my efforts in working with students and faculty, I continue to learn along the way. I also get to be a perennial college student without having to worry about grades.

6. In your own words: As an academic librarian I get to help create those “aha” moments, that is, those times when a student demonstrates  that he/she has moved from a real fear of the research process to a feeling of empowerment as he/she discovers the wealth of possibilities available to meet that particular research need. These moments make my job especially rewarding.

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