ACRL Member of the Week: Paula C. Johnson

Paula Johnson is an Associate Librarian at University of Arizona Libraries in Tucson, Arizona. Paula has been a member of ACRL for over 16 years and is your member of the week for February 5, 2024.

Describe yourself in three words: Curious, engaged, caring.

What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? An Immense World by Ed Yong – this wonderful book explores the multitude of ways animals perceive the world differently than humans. The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy edited by John Brehm – a great book to dip into in the morning for a poem to start the day with. Having and Being Had by Eula Bliss – explores capitalism from the author’s deeply personal experience, as well as from the socio-historical perspective.

Describe ACRL in three words: Informative, progressive, collegial.

What do you value about ACRL? ACRL provides members with so many ways to connect with other academic librarians. I have gained knowledge from attending webinars and conferences, reading ACRL publications and listservs, and serving on committees and interest groups.

What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? I get to be liaison to the Colleges of Engineering and Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture, which permits me to work with faculty and students doing really interesting things! I do research consultations and instruction and am part of the Student Learning and Engagement department, which means I am involved in doing outreach, in my case, particularly with international students.

In your own words: Academic libraries are critical partners to the research and learning missions of any campus. I’m grateful to be working where education, creativity and exploration are so highly valued. Engaging with students and collaborating with faculty mean the work is quite varied, which is very enjoyable.


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