ACRL Member of the Week: Melissa Chim

Melissa Chim is Scholarly Communications Librarian at Excelsior University in Albany, NY. Melissa has been a member of ACRL for 1 year and is your ACRL Member of the Week for November 6, 2023.

Describe yourself in three words: Nerdy, achiever, educator.

What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I’m currently reading How to be a Victorian by Ruth Goodman! It’s a fascinating guide on what the average day for a Victorian man and woman would be, from when they first wake up to when they go to bed. I’m a huge fan of skincare and cosmetics, and my favorite chapter goes into Victorian grooming rituals.

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

What do you value about ACRL? I’m very grateful for ACRL for giving librarians the opportunity to engage with other librarians based on topics relevant to the profession. I recently joined the History Librarians Interest Group as the Incoming Convener, and it’s been a wonderful experience so far collaborating with other librarians to offer the community programming they can be excited to attend.

What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? As the first Scholarly Communications Librarian at Excelsior, I am responsible for creating and managing the university’s OER publishing platform and institutional repository. Alongside my amazing team, I provide reference services for students and faculty. I am also an instructor for the university’s information literacy course.

In your own words: When I was attending library school, I knew academic librarianship was the perfect path for me. It’s been almost 10 years since I graduated, and that sentiment still holds true! My career has allowed me to pursue my own research while helping others explore their passion. I got to co-author my first OER textbook in 2022, and I am currently working on a second with my colleague. I regularly promote teaching with primary sources and information literacy. Academic librarianship is a very rewarding career, and I am very proud to be a part of this amazing profession!

Editor’s Note: Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Nominate a colleague? Fill out this form and we’ll be in touch!