Member of the Week: Crystal Boyce

Crystal BoyceCrystal Boyce is Sciences Librarian at the Illinois Wesleyan University Ames Library in Bloomington, Illinois. Crystal has been an ACRL member since 2011, is a 2015 ALA Emerging Leader, and your ACRL member of the week for February 2, 2015.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Driven, curious, nerd.

2. What are you currently reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I’m halfway through Metaliteracy: Reinventing Information Literacy to Empower Learners and have Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere teasing me from the bedside table.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Welcoming, progressive, connected.

4. What do you value about ACRL? The opportunity to work with a great group of people on issues that matter to today’s – and tomorrow’s – academic libraries.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? I’m the liaison to biology, chemistry, computer science, math, and physics and the first year seminars taught by faculty from those disciplines. In addition to research, instruction, and collection support in those areas, I’m an advisor to first year students, am active on a number of campus committees, and co-supervise the campus’s research and technology support desk (located in the library). I especially love being an academic advisor, since I’m helping these students discover what they really want to do, not just what they think they should do. More than anything, I see my biggest contribution as supporting the liberal arts curriculum. I just wrapped up a three-part speaker series which brought together students and faculty from the sciences and humanities, to explore how the disciplines inform and are informed by each other.

6. In your own words: Life as an academic librarian is crazy and awesome at the same time. I’m usually juggling between 5 and 10 projects at a time and I’ve recently come to appreciate the value of my time. But the thing I love most is that moment when a student drops in unexpectedly, and we wind up spending an hour together working out the kinks of a research project. When I see that tension starts to ease . . . it’s cool to think that you were able to help with that.

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