The ACRL Distance Learning Section (DLS) Membership and Event committee is continuing a “Member of the Month” initiative to highlight our diverse members. Here is our highlight on Raymond Pun, Librarian for Alder Graduate School of Education.
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Name: Raymond Pun
How long have you been a DLS member?
3+ years (I think)
Where do you work and what do you do there?
I work in the Bay Area at a new graduate school called Alder Graduate School of Education where I support students and faculty in K-12 education. It’s a startup environment where I get to explore and help design collection development policies, the library website, e-resource management workflows, and research services. I’m the only librarian in this school and it’s been fun working on both public/technical services work.
What is unique about your institution, and how does your work as a distance services librarian support the mission?
The school is very unique because it is completely remote with selected residency periods supporting students who want to be K-12 educators in public schools. I’m at awe at these students for what they have accomplished and their visions as school teachers. My work is to serve as a facilitator and help students access library and writing resources to prepare them professionally and personally. As the distance services librarian, I don’t get to see the students face to face (yet) but it has been exciting to get their messages seeking help or advice relating to research/writing. I am also happy to serve as the point of contact for collection development and getting collection request from faculty has been a nice way to support their teaching/research needs.
How do you bridge the distance with online learners? What’s one way you create a community for your distance learners?
Currently, I collaborate with colleagues in our school who teach and support our students in a variety of ways. Since I am still relatively new in the position, I have been giving brief intros to library and writing resources to our students via online. I’ve already had a chance to meet with several students for help and I am thinking of creating open or research-themed office hours to cover specific topics or research assignments. One area that I am interested in building is open educational resources (OER) for our collection. I hope this may encourage others to create more OER content for K-12 education too.
How do you recharge your knowledge of distance library services?
At times I peruse articles from publications such as Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning or CRL News, read web articles/reports from The Chronicle of Higher Education, webinars from various higher education groups too. It’s rapidly changing and exciting times to explore, revamp and strengthen distance library services.
What’s something fun that you’re doing now (outside of your work as a distance librarian)?
I travel locally or internationally for fun or for other non-library related work. Some places I have visited recently include Oslo in Norway, Stockholm in Sweden and Cyprus. All amazing places to explore!
What are you reading right now?
Practical Equality: Forging Justice in a Divided Nation by Robert L. Tsai
Twitter, LinkedIn, or other handles you would like us to share?
Twitter: @raypun101 (Twitter)
What else would you like for us to share about you?
I am originally from Queens, New York City!