ACRL Member of the Week: Anna Biszaha

Anna Biszaha is Research & Education Librarian at the Ohio State University Health Sciences Library in
Columbus, OH. Anna Biszaha has been a member of ACRL for 8 years and is your member of the week for February 12, 2024.

Describe yourself in three words: Quiet, curious, detailed.

What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I’m currently reading a collection of short stories by Edgar Allen Poe. I was inspired after watching Netflix’s The Fall of the House of Usher and realizing I hadn’t actually read much Poe before.

Describe ACRL in three words: Community, learning, supportive.

What do you value about ACRL? I have found ACRL to be a very welcoming and accessible organization, especially as a member of the Evidence Synthesis and Health Sciences Interest Groups. In addition to getting to connect with and learn from colleagues working in similar fields to myself, I also really appreciate the diversity of types of librarianship in ACRL. Whenever I go to the conferences, I especially enjoy hearing talks from librarians in all different areas and realizing how much we all have in common.

What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? The vast majority of my time is spent educating and supporting researchers in whatever way they may need at that moment. This can run the gamut from introducing undergraduate students to the Health Sciences Library for the very first time, providing instruction to graduate students on how to effectively search the literature, and meeting with researchers to talk about their research needs.

In your own words: I knew I wanted to be an academic librarian when I was in library school; however, I will admit I was a bit surprised when I landed in health sciences librarianship. Although now that I am here, I can see that this field is a good fit for my skill set and I get to regularly learn new things and grow in the profession. This type of continual learning and the opportunity to be surrounded by new knowledge is exactly what I had hoped for.


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