ACRL Member of the Week: Hannah Gascho Rempel


Hannah Gascho Rempel is the teaching & engagement department head and science librarian at Oregon State University in Corvallis. Hannah has been a member of ACRL for 15 years and is your ACRL Member of the Week for August 9, 2021.

Describe yourself in three words: Curious, calendar-driven, contrarian.

What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I am reading The Smell of Risk: Environmental Disparities and Olfactory Aesthetics by Hsuan L. Hsu. It’s the ACRL Science & Technology Section book club selection for next month (and everyone is welcome to join!).

Describe ACRL in three words: Colleagues, connections, changing.

What do you value about ACRL? As my heavy reliance on the alliterative C indicates, I have gained much from the connections I have made with colleagues throughout North America as a result of my involvement in ACRL and strongly value the collaborations that have sprung out of those connections. But I also value and recognize that the way we make connections needs to change and is changing, and I appreciate work being done in ACRL to facilitate new ways to open up our connecting spaces so that more folks can be involved.

What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? I am an advocate for graduate students. I have consistently focused on graduate student needs in the library and on campus. Some results of these efforts are spaces created with graduate student workflows in mind, instructional services that supports graduate students’ entry into an often unfamiliar world of research, and a greater understanding of graduate students as whole people with a range of needs that extend beyond the academic.

In your own words: I appreciate variety in my day-to-day work and academic librarianship has given me the opportunity to explore interests from instruction to project management to various writing endeavors. I try not to get stuck in a rut, and I am thankful that grace is extended to me as I try and learn from my mistakes. Hearing about other librarians’ work (such as those in my section – STS) or reading about their interests (via many venues – articles, books, tweets) often spurs my thinking in new directions and pushes me when I get too comfortable.


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