Member of the Week: Kathleen Monks

Kathleen MonksKathleen Monks is Reference and Instruction Librarian at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. Kathleen has been an ACRL member since 2012, is a 2013 ALA Emerging Leader, and your ACRL member of the week for February 19, 2013.

1. Describe yourself in three words:  Inquisitive, responsive, compassionate.

2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your mobile device)? I am currently reading Empire of the Beetle: How Human Folly and a Tiny Bug are Killing North America’s Great Forests by Andrew Nikiforuk. Perhaps not a surprising choice for an Agriculture Librarian!

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Visionary, engaged, supportive.

4. What do you value about ACRL? ACRL provides vital opportunities for librarians to expand their professional knowledge by learning from colleagues’ successes. While pursuing my M.L.I.S. (and now into my professional career), I have read College and Research Libraries News and College and Research Libraries to stay current with new ideas in the field of librarianship. I often use these publications to connect with others and invigorate the services I provide.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I work as a Reference and Instruction Librarian, serving as the liaison to the University of Idaho’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

6. In your own words: I love serving the diverse research needs of an academic institution. Universities are such a hopeful, forward-looking place, filled with people seeking to improve their lives through education. I consider myself very fortunate to have the opportunity to positively impact the lives of students and faculty.

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