ACRL Member of the Week: Beatrice Canales

Beatrice Canales is an academic unit assistant at San Antonio College in Texas. Beatrice has been a member of ACRL for 5 years and is your ACRL Member of the Week for July 18, 2022.

Describe yourself in three words: Hopeful, tenacious, happy.

What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I am currently reading Learning America by Luma Mufleh. It is a great read about how challenging refugees have to finding their place in America.

Describe ACRL in three words: Welcoming, proactive, educational.

What do you value about ACRL? ACRL allows individuals from all parts of library existence to join them in promoting excellence in higher education.

What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? First, I am not an academic librarian nor do I work at one. I work “adjacent” to the college library. Over the last three years, I have dedicated my resources to open education projects. In 2021 I completed my Creative Commons certification and my SPARC Open Education Leadership fellowship. SPARC accepted me into their program even as an academic staff member. They saw my unconventional approach to open pedagogy and embraced my entrance.

In your own words: Life as an academic staff member has been an uphill hike. I convinced my college that I am dedicated to open education and open pedagogy, and now they see me as an open practitioner and advocate. The Open community helped me find my place in our college.

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