ACRL Member of the Week: Alyse Jordan

Alyse Jordan is Head of Research, Engagement, & Learning at Lamar University, Mary & John Gray Library in Beaumont, TX. Alyse has been a member of ACRL for 4 years and is your ACRL Member of the Week for June 17, 2024.

Describe yourself in three words: Personable, mentor, creative.

What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I am reading Co-Intellgence: Living and Working with AI by Ethan Mollick.

Describe ACRL in three words: Knowledge, collaboration, advocacy.

What do you value about ACRL? The Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is highly regarded for its significant contributions to the academic community. There are several notable aspects that make ACRL invaluable to the library profession and higher education as a whole.

First and foremost, ACRL plays a pivotal role in advocating for the advancement of library services and resources in academic settings. By actively promoting the value of libraries and the critical role they play in supporting teaching, learning, and research, ACRL ensures that libraries receive the recognition and support they deserve.

Additionally, ACRL is committed to fostering professional development and collaboration among librarians. Through its wide range of educational programs, conferences, and publications, ACRL provides librarians with the opportunity to enhance their skills, stay up-to-date with emerging trends, and engage in meaningful discussions with their peers. This commitment to professional growth ensures that librarians are equipped with the knowledge and expertise necessary to meet the evolving needs of their academic communities.

Furthermore, ACRL places a strong emphasis on promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within the library profession. By actively advocating for equitable access to information and resources, ACRL strives to create inclusive library environments that serve the diverse needs of all users. This commitment to social justice aligns with the core values of libraries as democratic institutions and contributes to the overall betterment of society.

In conclusion, ACRL’s dedication to advocacy, professional development, and diversity makes it an indispensable organization within the library profession. Its efforts not only benefit librarians but also have a profound impact on the academic community as a whole, ensuring that libraries remain vibrant and vital spaces for teaching, learning, and research.

What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? Academic librarians play a crucial role in enhancing the educational experience and supporting the scholarly pursuits of students and faculty on university campuses. Their contributions are multifaceted and extend beyond traditional library services.

First and foremost, academic librarians serve as information specialists, providing expert guidance and instruction on research methodologies, information literacy, and effective use of library resources. By offering tailored research consultations and workshops, they empower students and faculty to navigate the vast landscape of scholarly information, critically evaluate sources, and develop effective search strategies. This guidance ensures that users have access to the most relevant and reliable resources, enhancing the quality of their academic work.

In addition to their instructional role, academic librarians actively collaborate with faculty in curriculum development and course design. By integrating information literacy skills into the curriculum, librarians help students develop the ability to locate, evaluate, and ethically use information. This collaboration ensures that students are equipped with the necessary research skills to thrive in their academic endeavors and prepares them for lifelong learning.

Furthermore, academic librarians contribute to the scholarly community by actively engaging in research and scholarship themselves. They conduct original research, publish scholarly articles, and contribute to the advancement of library and information science. This scholarly output not only enhances the reputation of the library profession but also contributes to the broader academic discourse.

Moreover, academic librarians take on leadership roles within their institutions, serving on committees, task forces, and advisory boards. Their expertise and perspective are sought in shaping library policies, strategic planning, and decision-making processes. By actively participating in institutional governance, academic librarians ensure that the library’s voice is represented and that the needs of students and faculty are effectively addressed.

Lastly, academic librarians serve as advocates for equitable access to information. They champion open access initiatives, promote affordable course materials, and ensure that library resources are accessible to all users, including those with disabilities. By advocating for information equity, academic librarians contribute to the democratization of knowledge and the pursuit of social justice within the academic community.

In conclusion, academic librarians make invaluable contributions to university campuses by providing information expertise, supporting curriculum development, conducting research, assuming leadership roles, and advocating for equitable access to information. Their expertise and dedication enhance the educational experience and foster a culture of scholarly inquiry and lifelong learning within the academic community.

In your own words: The role of an academic librarian allows me to engage in various aspects of the learning process. Teaching and interacting with students, faculty, and staff provide opportunities to share knowledge, support research, and foster a collaborative learning environment. Additionally, being involved in research allows me to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in. Embracing life as a learning process is a valuable mindset that can lead to personal and professional growth.


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