Member of the Week: Kate Leuschke Blinn

Kate Leuschke BlinnKate Leuschke Blinn is Academic Outreach Librarian at the Earlham College Lilly Library in Richmond, Indiana. Kate has been an ACRL member since 2013 and is your ACRL member of the week for April 14, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Happiest when helpful.

2. What are you currently reading? Best American Non-Required Reading of 2013 (Dave Eggers, ed.): I always get it as soon as it comes out, but then try to savor it and make it last as long as possible.

3. Describe ACRL in three words:  Smart innovative colleagues.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I loved the opportunity to have a librarian mentor as I was finishing my MLIS. The Delaware Valley Chapter matched me with a great and supportive mentor.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? My main goal is to be open to and supportive of new ideas, especially when faculty or students are trying something for the first time. I’m a librarian/cheerleader!

6. In your own words: My first year of working as a librarian at a liberal arts college similar to the one I attended was full of nostalgic moments. This second year has been full of professional challenges I’ve given to myself: more active-learning instruction, more outreach events, more social media. I’m glad my “sophomore year” has made me feel more like a grown-up librarian! 🙂

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