Member of the Week: Sara Arnold-Garza

Sara Arnold-GarzaSara Arnold-Garza is  Residency Librarian at the Towson University Albert S. Cook Library in Towson, Maryland. Sara has been an ACRL member since 2010, is a 2013 ALA Emerging Leader, and your ACRL member of the week for February 11, 2013.

1. Describe yourself in three words:  Pragmatic, collaborative, loyal.

2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your mobile device)? Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning: Instructional Literacy for Library Educators by Char Booth and Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day by Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Profuse, active, challenging.

4. What do you value about ACRL? There seems to be no end to the areas of support offered by ACRL. No matter what my current focus or interest is, there’s a group or program available to me!

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus?As a residency librarian, my formal priorities include bringing innovative and diverse perspectives into the work of the library. I also like to think that I contribute a big picture perspective and synthesizing influence into the projects and groups I work with.

6. In your own words: The library community is faced with many opportunities in the changing information environment. I think one of the best ways we can adapt and meet the needs of our campus communities is to acknowledge and respond to the diversity in our libraries. In addition to focusing on ethnic and racial diversity in our profession, let’s use universal design (everywhere), so that people of many ages, abilities, and perspectives can shape our work!

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