ACRL Member of the Week: Brenna Cox

Brenna Cox

In honor of back-to-school season, we are dedicating September to featuring students and early career librarians as the Member of the Week! Interested in becoming a student member of ACRL for only $5 a year? Learn more here.

Brenna Cox is an associate fellow at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. Brenna has been a member of ACRL for 2 years and is your ACRL member of the week for September 9, 2019.

Brenna Cox

Describe yourself in three words: Spirited, inquisitive, conscientious.

What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device(s)? I am reading Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés and The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler, both of which were graduation gifts.

Describe ACRL in three words: Supportive, inviting, scholarly.

What prompted you as a student to join ACRL? I wanted to expand my opportunities to make connections with other scholars in my field. I also wanted to stay current with the most pressing issues facing academic libraries.

What are your career goals? How might ACRL help you achieve those goals? I am currently interested in pursing a career in health sciences librarianship with an emphasis on complementary and alternative medicine. I believe that the continuing education and mentorship programs within the ACRL will benefit my career trajectory.

In your own words: Being a librarian provides an incredible opportunity to shape how information is stored, distributed, and interpreted. I hope to push the boundaries on conventional forms of knowledge and knowing so that everyone has access to discovering new ways of being and creating. Humans have the capacity to do so much good in the world and librarians have the unique opportunity to support that by encouraging life-long learning and growth in every community.

Editor’s Note: Are you an ACRL member? Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Nominate a colleague? Contact Mary Jane Petrowski at for more information.