Member of the Week: Amber Welch

Amber WelchAmber Welch is an Instructional Services Librarian at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Amber has been an ACRL member since 2012 and is your ACRL member of the week for October 22, 2012.

1. Describe yourself in three words:  Passionate, Driven, Analytical.

2. What are you reading right now? Living History by Hillary Clinton; Backpacking North Carolina by Joe Miller; Instructional Design for Librarians by Lesley Farmer; and Assessing College Student Learning: Evaluating Alternative Models, Using Multiple Methods.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Community, Leadership, Opportunity.

4. What do you value most about ACRL? ACRL allows me to connect with librarians from many institutions across the United States. These connections inform the work that I do, and allow me to better understand challenges and workflows at other universities.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I value the impact that academic research makes at a local level. Much coverage is given to international research projects, but I find that the change I see in my own community and region is most interesting. Partnerships between academic and state institutions have resulted in the digitization of historic religious information, changes in the delivery methods of health care information to rural communities, and best practices for metadata associated with state government information.

6. In your own words: Academic librarianship offers so many opportunities for engagement and research. I most enjoy my work with students, and the connections that I can make between resources, students, and faculty. I also enjoy translating research findings into usable information for those who are less inclined to engage with academic research.

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