ACRL Member of the Week: Elizabeth Johnson

Elizabeth is an Assistant Director of Operations and Planning/Associate Professor at Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN. Elizabeth has been a member of ACRL for 2 years and is your ACRL Member of the Week for September 11, 2023.

Describe yourself in three words: Team-player, focused, and driven.

What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I’m reading two books that get me in the right frame of mind as I work on a book chapter: Twisted: The Tangled History of Black Hair Culture by Emma Dabiri and Just Work: Get Sh*t Done Fast & Fair by Kim Scott.

Describe ACRL in three words: Conferring, educating, and growing.

What do you value about ACRL? What I value most about ACRL is that while working on my MLIS degree, I found insightful resources through the websites. But more importantly, I’ve gained friendships and networking through CORE forums and workshops that serve as an asset to this day.

What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? My journey of becoming a library professional has come full circle since I was a professor for over a decade. So my contributions on my campus take the form of a teacher/librarian who is mentoring, writing, researching, and serving.

In your own words: What I do daily is stand at the gap. Some days I stand symbolically, but most days, I stand literally. I assist colleagues, students, and community patrons in gaining knowledge and understanding. I invite others to stand with me!


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