Member of the Week: Alanna Aiko Moore

Alanna MooreAlanna Aiko Moore is Sociology, Ethnic Studies, and Gender Studies Librarian in the Social Science and Humanities Library at the University of California, San Diego. Alanna has been an ACRL member since 2005 and is your ACRL Member of the Week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Enthusiastic. Passionate. Activist.

2. What book are you currently reading?I actually just finished Southland by Nina Revoyr. Set in central Los Angeles, a Japanese American lesbian law student who begins exploring her heritage by investigating the 1960’s murder of four African American boys in her grandfather’s store in the during the Watts Riots. I loved the way the author shed light on the often hidden parts of history–in this instance the relationships that were built in the 1960’s between Japanese Americans and African Americans, and how these alliances were forever altered by the riots and also the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Great exploration of history, racial intolerance, sexuality and social justice issues. Loved it!!

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Innovative. Collaborative. Connections.

4. Why did you join ACRL? I joined ACRL through ALA’s Spectrum Scholarship program. The Spectrum Scholarship program is ALA’s national diversity and recruitment effort that addresses the under-representation of ethnic librarians in the profession by awarding scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students. Spectrum Scholars receive a financial scholarship to help defray tuition costs and also receive professional development opportunities. One of these professional development opportunities was a complimentary year-long membership to ACRL.

The complimentary membership allowed me to become familiar with and involved in ACRL while I was still in graduate school. I had not yet determined what career path I would take, but was encouraged by librarians I had met through ACRL to apply for positions at academic libraries. My involvement in ACRL has increased as I have discovered specialized areas of interest. I currently serve on two ACRL committees: the Instruction Section (IS) Teaching Methods Committee and the Instruction and Anthropology and Sociology Section (ANSS) Information Literacy Committee.

As an organization, ACRL addresses timely issues and emerging trends through their conferences, publications and listservs. I have also connected with a network of colleagues and been able to take advantage of professional development opportunities like the ACRL Institute for Information Literacy Immersion Program.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? Academic librarianship is about a commitment to public service, student success, faculty research and life-long learning. As academic librarians, we have the ability to positively impact students, staff and faculty by providing stellar resources and by being responsive to student and faculty needs.

At the University of California, San Diego, many of the academic departments we serve are incredibly interdisciplinary. It is exciting to locate research and scholarship that span many areas of study, and to work with colleagues who value teamwork and are experts in their field. In addition, I enjoy having opportunities to collaborate with both faculty and student services to build programs and community outside of the physical library building.

6. In your own words: Librarians are passionate about and dedicated to their profession. I am passionate about helping our students learn through information literacy initiatives, and ACRL has offered many workshops, books and trainings dedicated to this very topic. I especially enjoy reaching out to under-served populations and first-generation college students. I am also dedicated to working to make the profession more diverse. Census data shows that the population of the United States is changing, which means the student body of our educational institutions will also change. It is imperative that we work to ensure that our staff and collections reflect the communities that we serve. Initiatives like the Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians from Traditionally Under-represented Groups and ALA’s Spectrum Scholarship are two cutting-edge programs that have contributed to the success and leadership of many librarians from diverse backgrounds in the profession.


Editor’s Note: Are you an ACRL member? Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Contact David Free at dfree{at}ala{dot}org for more information.

2 Comments

  1. Thank you for featuring such an inspiring and noteworthy librarian! Alanna has done so much to help increase diversity in the field with her work with the Spectrum Initiative and her committee involvement. She’s also helped to greatly expand the political discourse in the field and been a catalyst for change. I hope to continue to see awesome librarians like Alanna featured in ACRL.

  2. Thanks for the comment Lana! Please let me know if you have any recommendations for other awesome librarians (including yourself even) that would make good members of the week.

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