Member of the Week: Johanna Tunon

Johanna TunonJohanna Tunon is Director of Distance and Instructional Library Services at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Johanna has been an ACRL member since 2000, is the 2012 recipient of the Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award, and is your ACRL member of the week for September 4, 2012.

1. Describe yourself in three words:  Passionate about librarianship.

2. What are you reading right now? I am reading David McCullough’s The Greater Journey for my book club, some Yo Gabba Gabba books with my two-year-old grandson, and Ridley Pearson’s new suspense/mystery novel The Risk Agent.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: advocating scholarly librarianship

4. What do you value most about ACRL? I value ACRL’s role in supporting and advocating for academic librarians. Everything from the ACRL conferences to the opportunities in the ACRL sections provide opportunities for librarians interested in growing and giving back to the profession. As the current president of the Florida chapter of ACRL, I also appreciate the role ACRL plays in supporting and advocating for academic librarians at the state as well as the national level.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I value the role that academic librarianship plays in promoting information literacy for students whether they are on campus, at field-based sites, or online on one hand and furthering research efforts to improve the profession on the other. In the last analysis, I believe that academic librarians play an important role in providing access to information and promoting the skills needed for people in higher education to be life-long learners in a quickly changing world.

6. In your own words: My twenty-plus years as an academic librarian have been a joy. I love working with students to promote information literacy skills whether this entails teaching classes face-to-face, online, or going out to sites in the United States and even internationally. Learning to use new technologies to develop and provide synchronous and asynchronous training has been both a challenge and just plain fun. The focus on assessment, particularly in the last decade, has provided me with opportunities to integrate library training into the curriculum at my institution as well as opportunities to address learning outcome more systematically.

I feel strongly that academic librarians need to play a role in supporting the mission of their academic institutions through the promotion of standards that are defined by our profession as well as the various regional and professional accrediting bodies. I have been privileged to play a role in this effort both at my institution and through ACRL!

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