ACRL Member of the Week: Kim Bell

Kim Bell is a services coordinator at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. Kim has been a member of ACRL for 7 years and is your ACRL Member of the Week for November 7, 2022.

Describe yourself in three words: Passionate, resourceful, thoughtful.

What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I am currently reading Molly Yarn’s Shakespeare’s ‘lady editors’ and have just started Braiding Sweetgrass. In the latter book, author Robin Wall Kimmerer combines science and ancient knowledge to bring a different perspective on our world. When I can, I listen to History Unplugged, a podcast featuring interviews with authors who have written on a wide range of interesting topics.

Describe ACRL in three words: Engaging, collaborative, meaningful.

What do you value about ACRL? I value the collaborative nature of ACRL. Sharing ideas and experience is critical in the rare book field. My participation in committee work and RBMS conferences has been invaluable, especially given that Canada does not have an equivalent organization to RBMS. I have relied heavily on and benefited from the resources available, from the cataloguing aids to the TPS toolkit.

What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? Through outreach, instruction and exhibits, my work in the rare books and special collections library helps to build creativity and inquisitiveness among the students and others who attend our events. I share library collections through social media platforms, generating a broad, international community space. Promoting the use of primary sources in teaching and research while fulfilling the information needs of our users contributes to student learning and success.

In your own words: As Services Coordinator for W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections Library, I have multiple job responsibilities and wear many hats, which makes for exciting and diverse work. I enjoy the individual interactions with students and researchers in the Reading Room and interacting with larger groups during classroom visits. Watching students engage with the materials and have them share their perspectives and serendipitous findings with the class is rewarding. I never fail to learn from the students in the classroom!

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