ACRL Member of the Week: Emily Bongiovanni


Emily Bongiovanni is a scholarly communications librarian at the Colorado School of Mines. Emily has been a member of ACRL for 2 years and is your ACRL Member of the Week for November 29, 2021.

Describe yourself in three words: Ambitious, extroverted, collaborative.

What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I am currently reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. It is a nonfiction book that tells the story of Black woman whose cells were taken and used for research without her knowing. It provides an eye-opening look at ethics and race in medicine and research. I’m also listening to The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware.

Describe ACRL in three words: Community, educational, engaging.

What do you value about ACRL? ACRL has given me the opportunity to connect with peers I would not have easily connected with otherwise. I’ve been able to learn from stellar individuals from across the country. Most recently, it has given me the opportunity to be an editor of my upcoming ACRL book, The Scholarly Communication’s Cookbook, which I co-edited with my wonderful colleague Brianna Buljung.

What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? I support faculty and students throughout the research life-cycle and promote Open Science, including Open Access publishing, Open Educational Resources, and open data. This work ranges from teaching workshops, to consultations, and developing resources. One of the most satisfying parts of my job is lowering the costs of textbooks and course supplies to students through Open Educational Resource initiatives.

In your own words: I love being an academic librarian. My day-to-day work ranges all across the board, and I get to connect with students and faculty in a variety of environments.


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