ACRL Member of the Week: Emily Ford

Emily Ford is an urban & public affairs librarian at Portland State University in Oregon. Emily has been a member of ACRL for 11 years and is your ACRL Member of the Week for November 15, 2021.

Describe yourself in three words: Dynamic, caring, contemplative.

What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I am reading I Was a Bell (poetry) by M. Soledad Caballero; Living a Feminist Life by Sara Ahmed; Caste by Isabel Wilkerson; and Knowledge Justice edited by Sofia Leung and Jorge R. McKnight-López I am listening to Earhustle, Uncover, and NPR All Songs Considered Music, as well as Wilco, Lucy Dacus, Laura Marling, Illuminati Hotties, and Giant Sand/Howe Gelb.

Describe ACRL in three words: Community, support, invigorating.

What do you value about ACRL? Connecting with and learning from a community of peers.

What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? First and foremost I’m a subject specialist for Public Health, Urban Studies & Planning, Criminology & Criminal Justice, and Political Science. In this role I partner with teaching faculty to support their students by consulting on research assignments, and developing instructional materials. As a tenured faculty member I am active in faculty governance, serving on the graduate curriculum committee, and have donated time to my labor union, PSU-AAUP, to assist the union in crafting compelling narratives of our work on behalf of members. I also work in the Library on the Communications team as well as Chair the Digital Scholarly and Scholarly Communication Committee, which works to support open access publishing and other scholarly communication initiatives campus wide.

In your own words: I believe that librarianship is a human-centered praxis and I approach my work through that lens. Stories are a huge part of what we do, whether it’s supporting students and faculty to best tell their own research stories, or reflecting on our own knowledge and practices. This is part of what I am trying to do in my current service as the President of ACRL-Oregon, our statewide ACRL Chapter and academic division of the Oregon Library Association. Being able to serve as a librarian that melds together stories, knowledge, and human experiences into my work is really a dream come true.

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