ACRL Member of the Week: Marianne Myers

Marianne Myers is a reference & instruction librarian at Tulsa Community College in Oklahoma. Marianne has been a member of ACRL for 3 years and is your ACRL Member of the Week for January 24, 2022.

Describe yourself in three words: Curious, resourceful, supportive.

What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? Book: Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Audiobook: A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine (a re-listen because it’s just that good). Podcasts: the new season of Heavyweight and my commute go-to, WTF with Marc Maron (He’s been serving up some great interviews this year! Favs include: #1204 Michael K Williams, #1252 Sterlin Harjo, and #1280 Kenneth Branagh.) Music: Japanese Breakfast’s new album, Jubilee, is a show-stopping delight!

Describe ACRL in three words: Education, collaboration, innovation.

What do you value about ACRL? ACRL helps keep me informed of new directions in research and conversations happening within our profession. As an early career librarian (I just celebrated my three-year workiversary at TCC in November), I also really appreciate the connections I’ve made with so many wonderful librarians through committee work, conferences, and the Immersion program.

What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? I do quite a bit of teaching, but I’m also responsible for collection development at my campus library and I serve as the  liaison for our Communication and Visual & Performing Arts departments. I’m part of the OER team and the Common Book Committee, which means I get to work with folks outside the library to advocate for open resources and to help plan our next college-wide read! And my fellow TCC librarians and I frequently support college administration with research on strategic initiatives.

In your own words: While the last two years have been a wild, bumpy ride, I’ve been able to adapt and continue to enjoy my profession and the work we do at TCC Library. Much of that is a credit to my library’s leadership team and support from my colleagues. They have given me room to grow–to try out new things in the library and in the classroom, to step up and lead, and to fail every now and then. I love being in the classroom, but I didn’t expect to enjoy the challenges of my position’s other hats quite as much–faculty collaborations, facilitating our library’s professional learning community, research projects for the college, collection development, and, most importantly, all of the opportunities I have to engage with our students outside the classroom. It’s never boring!

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