Member of the Week: Roberto C. Delgadillo

Roberto C. DelgadilloRoberto C. Delgadillo is Humanities, Social Sciences and Government Information Services Librarian at the University of California-Davis University Library in Davis, California. Roberto has been an ACRL member since 2007 and is your ACRL member of the week for March 10, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Engaged, adaptive, creative.

2. What are you currently reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I am voracious reader and tend to read about ten books at the same time but for this question, I’ll limit my response to five book titles: MaddAddam: A Novel by Margaret Atwood; From the Other Side of Night/Del otro lado de la noche: New and Selected Poems by Francisco X. Alarcon; American Sniper by Chris Kyle; The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Ship that Sank Twice by Mike Carey; Autobiography by Morrissey.

3. Describe ACRL in three words:  Professionalism, interdependence, commitment.

4. What do you value about ACRL? ACRL has taught me that librarianship is an improvisational art. There is no recipe, although some books would suggest otherwise by providing endless and seemingly timeless do’s and don’ts. ACRL, via interaction with its members, timely articles and conferences, has taught me to frame everything I do as an experiment. I started my career choosing not to see it that way, feeling and succumbing to the pressure to produce certain results from my actions. Framing everything as an experiment allows me the flexibility to try new strategies, ask questions, discover what’s essential, what’s expendable, and what innovations can work.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I primarily provide and/or instruct students, in the varied approaches to timely and thorough resources that allow them to address their diverse information needs. I also serve as a mentor and role model for first-year and transfer undergraduates and incoming graduate students of all types confronting the complex, ever-changing nature of their programs or research foci.

6. In your own words: I find myself extremely lucky to work in a supportive environment, and with colleagues, near and far, who inspire me to be of service to others. I have been and continue to be very fortunate to have a number of people in my life who unselfishly guided and supported me in my professional career. This compels me to contribute in the same manner. I am also grateful to have worked as a public librarian. That experience reinforced my outlook and service to my students and profession.

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