Member of the Week: Latrice Booker

Latrice BookerLatrice Booker is Coordinator of Library Instruction at the Indiana University Northwest John W. Anderson Library in Gary, Indiana. Latrice has been an ACRL member since 2006 and is your ACRL member of the week for February 18, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Approachable, determined, open.

2. What are you listening to on your mobile device? The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins.

3. Describe ACRL in three words:  Supportive, networking, inclusive.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I value ACRL for providing opportunities for librarians to grow professionally, learn and network. The networking opportunities in ACRL are tremendous.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I contribute to the campus by teaching information literacy and marketing library services. Making sure students are information literature is more important now than ever before. With students being able to access various types of information quickly, my role on teaching students how to evaluate information is critical. Marketing is also an important contribution. By marketing the library, the campus community is aware of the help and resources we can provide.

6. In your own words: I know what it feels like to be an undergraduate student and being new and a little intimidated by college life. I see myself in many students who need help and do not know where to begin. As an academic librarian, I can reach out to those students. My goal is to be approachable so that no student feels that it would be easier to just “figure it out” on their own. Approachability, I have realized is really the key to being successful in public services.

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