ACRL Member of the Week: Jillian Eslami

Jillian Eslami

Jillian Eslami is a first year experience librarian at Texas A&M University in College Station. Jillian has been a member of ACRL for 3 years and is your ACRL Member of the Week for April 5, 2021.

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

What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I am currently reading The Midnight Library by Matt Haig and Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell and listening to The Night Circus by Emily Morgenstern.

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

What do you value about ACRL? ACRL has been a place for me to connect with library professionals early on in my library career, and I think that those connections have really helped me grow into the professional I am today. I value the opportunities to engage and learn from so many different people, in many different ways!

What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? As a First Year Experience librarian, I work with a lot of new, fresh to college students. My goal is to help acclimate these students to the Library’s resources and services through teaching library instructions, as well as to connect and engage with departments across campus who also work with first year students. Outreach is a big part of my job. Working with other campus partners, student organizations, and community partners, we can help make a big campus be more welcoming, to all students!

In your own words: Being an academic librarian, and working with first year students, is kind of the best. I love being able to wear a few different hats, teaching library instruction and get students started on thinking critically about what they research and engage with. I enjoy collaborating with other librarians and campus/community partners and creating programs and events to help students learn and connect and grow. Every day and every semester is a little bit different, and there is really no limit in what we can try and do. I am grateful to work in a place where creativity and collaboration are encouraged, because it makes my job a lot of fun!

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.