Member of the Week: Frans Albarillo

Frans AlbarilloFrans Albarillo is Reference Librarian for Business and Sociology at Brooklyn College, City University of New York in Brooklyn, New York. Frans has been an ACRL member since 2009 and your ACRL member of the week for April 1, 2013.

1. Describe yourself in three words:  Amicable, lucky, hardworking.

2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your mobile device)? Generally I use my mobile devices to read newspapers and blogs. For books, I tend to read a lot of international fiction, and I think the last full e-book I read was Half a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.  It’s a beautiful book that is set during the Biafran war in Nigeria. For music I always seem to have a copy of Aphex Twin‘s “Classics” in my player.

3. Describe ACRL in three words:  Information Literacy Magic.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I value that ACRL creates different standards and guidelines for information literacy, and the more recent Diversity Standards: Cultural Competency for Academic Libraries. I find that these standards are great launching points for discussing what we do as librarians.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I provide library instruction for Business, Economics, and Sociology. I like integrating videos and activities in my instruction. I also participate in student orientations, and enjoy working with students at the reference desk. My responsibilities also include serving on college-wide committees, so I bring the library point of view when I work with other faculty on campus to address college-wide concerns.

6. In your own words: I think it’s a great time to be a librarian. I’m a relatively new professional (less than five years) so I have known nothing but a dynamic information environment that is highlighted by constant change and disruptive technologies. I spend a lot of time working with students, keeping up with technology, and learning about business information. As an academic librarian my job also allows me to explore my research interests in language, culture, and information. I value reference librarianship because of its interdisciplinary nature–subject librarians tend to support a wide range of disciplines so I am always learning new things.

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