ACRL Member of the Week: Lu Gao

Lu Gao

Lu Gao is a reference librarian at Maria College in Albany, New York. Lu has been a member of ACRL for 2 years and is your ACRL member of the week for May 6, 2019.

Lu Gao

Describe yourself in three words: Responsible, approachable, energetic.

What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device(s)? I am currently reading Geneva Gay’s Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRP). It inspired me to incorporate CRP into a library instruction class while being aware of students’ cultural/linguistic backgrounds. I also enjoy reading Kyle Cassidy’s This is What a Librarian Looks Like. It includes more than 200 portraits of public librarians, in their own words, why libraries are essential to meet our communities’ needs.

Describe ACRL in three words: Professional, mentoring, networking.

What prompted you as a student to join ACRL? I am a recent graduate of the University at Albany’s Information Science program. I joined a 2019 ACRL conference workshop entitled, “Promoting learning in the culturally diverse library instruction classroom: An active exploration.” I am lucky to be one of the speakers. ACRL is the higher education association for academic libraries and library professionals. I am interested in learning, growing and getting involved with ACRL interest groups and other volunteer activities. I think about applying for The ACRL Dr. E.J. Josey Mentoring Program for Spectrum Scholars which would help me develop librarian skills and find my potential.

What are your career goals? How might ACRL help you achieve those goals? I am a part-time Reference Librarian at Maria College. I seek a full-time academic library position in the areas of Reference, Collection Development, Electronic Resources, and/or Library Instruction. I regularly check out the ACRL Diversity Alliance residency job postings. The two-year academic residency librarian program would give me a great opportunity to begin a career in academic librarianship that would target my interests and reflect long-term career goals.

In your own words: I come from China. I have earned a B.A. in International Trade and a Masters of Public Administration. My educational and work experiences are cross-cultural and bring a diverse perspective to academic librarianship. My goal is to work in a diverse campus community that fosters collaboration among students, faculty and staff and supports students’ personal and academic achievement.

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.