ACRL Member of the Week: Amanda Choi

Amanda Choi is a librarian at Diablo Valley College in San Ramon, CA. Amanda has been a member of ACRL for 6 years and is your ACRL Member of the Week for August 22, 2022.

Describe yourself in three words: Collegial, hardworking, Hufflepuff.

What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I am reading Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead) edited by Susan D. Blum and Housecat Trouble by Mason Dickerson, a graphic novel my daughter recommended to me.

Describe ACRL in three words: Community-building, professional development.

What do you value about ACRL? I value the opportunity to learn from passionate, creative, like-minded academic librarians whose work provides a consistent source of inspiration.

What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? Working at a community college, our students come to us with a great variety of experience and preparation. I believe I contribute to my campus in a fundamental way by helping to bridge the gap between what our students know about finding and using sources and what their instructors expect, preparing them to succeed not only at our campus but beyond. I also ensure that my library is a warm, welcoming space on campus that offers a sense of community and acceptance to all. To my colleagues outside of the library, I am an advocate on campus for information literacy, accessibility, inclusion, effective online pedagogy and open educational resources.

In your own words: In the movie, Say Anything, Lloyd Dobler famously stated: “I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don’t want to do that.” The sentiment resonated with me and before I entered library school, I’d had just about every job imaginable chasing what felt like an impossible balance between doing work that used my skills and abilities and that was meaningful and sustainable. I feel so privileged that I was able to keep searching until I found librarianship, specifically community college librarianship, which has given me just what I was looking for out of a career. Everyday I go to work knowing I’m doing something worthwhile by serving the mission of community colleges to make higher education accessible for all. I get to do what I love (and what I’m good at)–teaching, research, connecting with students, building collections–while working at a job that reflects my values, how amazing is that!

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