Member of the Week: Stephanie Davis-Kahl

Stephanie Davis KahlStephanie Davis-Kahl is Scholarly Communications Librarian at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois. Stephanie has been an ACRL member since 1998 and is your ACRL member of the week for October 6, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Organized, driven, highly caffeinated.

2. What are you currently reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? For work, I’m reading Composition & Copyright: Perspectives on Teaching, Text-making and Fair Use, edited by Steve Westbrook. For fun, I’m reading the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear, and as a family we’re reading the Encyclopedia Brown and Boxcar Children series.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Responsive, progressive, open.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I was very lucky early on in my career to find EBSS. It’s a friendly, vibrant and active group of librarians, and I was fortunate to find mentors and friends there, and to work on several different committees and projects.

I spent a few years as a member of EBSS program planning committees, and in the process, learned just how amazing the ACRL staff are. They are, without exception, knowledgeable, dedicated, and communicative.

I also appreciate ACRL’s commitment to members, especially because it takes direct action based on member feedback. The decision to make C&RL open access, despite the financial implications, demonstrates the willingness to put the values of ‘open’ into practice.

Also, great conferences (and receptions)!

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? Playing a role in undergraduate research on campus is one of the favorite parts of my job — I’m a co-advisor on the Undergraduate Economic Review, a peer-reviewed, open access student journal, and I also work with students who present at IWU’s annual undergraduate research conference. As a faculty member, I’ve served on various campus committees such as Curriculum Council and currently the Strategic Curricular Planning Task Force, which allows me to contribute to important discussions on IWU’s future. Finally, teaching in some way, shape or form is interwoven into every part of my work, whether it’s as a liaison to Educational Studies and Psychology students and faculty, or talking about copyright and open access with faculty and administrators.

6. In your own words: I love that my work as an academic librarian is multifaceted — I get to teach, participate in faculty governance, participate in ACRL and other organizations related to my interests (including the Library Publishing Coalition and the Digital Commons Great Lakes User Group), and I love that in doing so, I get to meet and work alongside other librarians, faculty members, vendors, and students. I learn so much from collaborating and debating with colleagues, and that helps me continue to grow as a librarian.

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