ACRL Member of the Week: Joyce Garczynski

Joyce Garczynski

Joyce Garczynski is the Assistant University Librarian for Development & Communication at Towson University in Towson, Maryland. Joyce has been a member of ACRL for 12 years and is your ACRL member of the week for December 3, 2018.

Joyce GarczynskiDescribe yourself in three words: Thoughtful, loyal, focused.

What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device(s)? I am reading the Harvard Business Review — I love reading things outside the traditional library literature and thinking how they apply to my work.

Describe ACRL in three words: Supportive, scholarly, smart.

What do you value about ACRL? When I was a brand new librarian, I turned to the Education and Behavioral Sciences Section (EBSS) to help me figure out the resources in my subject area and make connections with other communication librarians. Over time, that section has provided me with some of my best professional friendships and some wonderful scholarship opportunities too. I don’t know where I’d be professionally without ACRL.

What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? Because I manage marketing and fundraising for my library, I spend a lot of time building connections between the library and the community. I’d like to think that I have raised the visibility of our library and our university through the partnerships that I helped create.

In your own words: As the mother of twins, work-life balance is something that is very important to me. The topic is reflected in my scholarship: I have presented at the ACRL 2017 conference and will present at ACRL 2019 about the topic. I am very fortunate that I work for a library and a university that are tremendously supportive, but I know that’s not the case everywhere. I hope that our libraries, universities, and our nation becomes more open to paid parental leave and other supports that will make work-life balance for parents and other caregivers easier.