Member of the Week: Rebecka Embry

Rebecka EmbryRebecka Embry is Library Director at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton E. Allen Gordon Library in Morrilton, Arkansas. Rebecka has been an ACRL member since 2014, is a 2015 ALA Emerging Leader, and your ACRL member of the week for January 12, 2015.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Literate. Practical. Sweet.

2. What are you currently reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette, 6th edition. I’m getting married in June 2015! {Editor’s note: Congratulations!!}

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Educator. Connector. Helper.

4. What do you value about ACRL? It is the practical advice that ACRL provides academic librarians that I find the most valuable. I’ll have an idea for a library project or I’ll read about something another library is doing, but I need more information before figuring out if the project would work for our students. I can go to ACRL and read about the steps another library went through to implement a similar project and the struggles they experienced.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? I have become enamored with the community college environment over the past two years. At UACCM, I have expanded what services our library can offer based on the needs of the students. Right now we are seeing success with providing students access to learning models that give hands on experience. By providing models in the library, students have convenient access that fits their study needs. I started out with human anatomy and physiology models, and I am in the process of expanding what we offer to include models that assist students in our technical degree fields.

6. In your own words: When it comes to the library I manage, no services are off limits to evaluation and change. I think about this often when I walk through my library and look at how the students are using the space. “That’s how it’s always been done” gets thrown out the window. Databases that are underutilized get reevaluated. As the degree programs and instructors on the campus have changed, so have how the students use our resources. We should be able to reconsider library services to make sure they are still effective and useful for our students without certain services being off limits.


Editor’s Note: Are you an ACRL member? Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Nominate a colleague? Contact Mary Jane Petrowski at mpetrowski@ala.org for more information.