ACRL Member of the Week: Lisa Kallman Hopkins

Lisa Kallman Hopkins is the head of technical services and assistant dean of the university library & archives at Texas A&M University – Central Texas in Killeen. Lisa has been a member of ACRL for 6 years and is your ACRL Member of the Week for December 19, 2022.

Describe yourself in three words: Kind, committed, curious.

What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I just finished The Hero of This Book: A Novel by Elizabeth McCracken and The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery, and I’m currently halfway through Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to Be an Ally by Emily Ladau.

Describe ACRL in three words: Provides connection & opportunity.

What do you value about ACRL? I am grateful that ACRL provides opportunities for publishing, expanding my career, connecting with others, and sharing ideas. I appreciate the platform for collaboration and discourse.

What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? I serve on committees that make a significant impact to the campus, such as the Academic Master Planning Taskforce, Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Institutional Assessment, the DEI committee, and QEP taskforce. I serve as a catalog editor and editor on the Strategic Plans. I also serve as the copyright specialist for the university.

In your own words: As an academic librarian at this particularly unique university, we serve students who are hungry to learn, hungry to have a better life for themselves and their families. Our students are nontraditional, often military-affiliated, and often coming back as older students. I wake up eager to make a difference each day, working with students who seek out and appreciate assistance. Whether I’m cataloging, fixing broken links, or working one-on-one with students, I am aware of my impact on their education. It is inspiring and empowering, and I love it.

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