Member of the Week: Jennifer Emanuel

Jennifer EmanuelJennifer Emanuel is Digital Services and Reference Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Jennifer has been an ACRL member since 2006 and is your ACRL member of the week for September 16, 2013.

1. Describe yourself in three words:  Dedicated, collegial, amusing.

2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your mobile device)? I’ve been trying to catch up on my Instapaper account on my iPad–articles from across the Internet I’ve saved over the past year or so for later reading.  I’m about to start Secrets of the Sideshows by Joe Nickell, which is about carnival sideshows, because, who wouldn’t want to learn about those?

3. Describe ACRL in three words:  Networking, professional development.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I value the professional connections and opportunities to learn from my colleagues.  Really, this means I enjoy the happy hours at conferences.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I am a public services technology person.  That means I interpret the back end tech for public services librarians, and then interpret public services needs for the back end.  It is an interesting niche.  I also do some UX work and I’ve been working on a discovery system in my library.

6. In your own words: I love that I found a niche that allows me to explore my technical interests, my interest in higher education, and still do some “traditional” reference work.  Academic librarianship is very multi-faceted and I enjoy being able to work with several of those facets.

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