ACRL Member of the Week: Sam Johnson

Sam Johnson is the associate department head of library services at Georgia State University in Clarkston, GA. Sam has been a member of ACRL for 6 years and is your ACRL Member of the Week for May 2, 2022.

Describe yourself in three words: Dependable, resourceful, trustworthy.

What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I am listening to several podcasts at the moment: Everyday Black Men, 365 Brothers Inspiring Black Men and Jill Scott Presents, and I am reading Shook One by Charlamagne Tha God.

Describe ACRL in three words: Scholarship, evolutionary, exciting.

What do you value about ACRL? ACRL has provided me with opportunities to learn more about the profession, meet like-minded folk, and be in the presence of great minds. Through ACRL, I have curated mentorship and friends who challenged me to be the best version of myself.

What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? I serve as the Associate Department of Library Services for the Georgia State University Clarkston Campus library. I believe what I contribute to my organization is change and a new way to think. I am a resource with many experiences I can share with my team and students. I am innovative with fresh ideas that support teaching and learning.

In your own words: Not my words, BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE! Mahatma Gandi I believe libraries are an excellent resource for community development, connecting, and inspiring others, especially children. There is much to be done with EDI in how we recruit, hire, and retain talent, especially in leadership. We are the gatekeepers to knowledge, and we must be fair and consistent in our hiring practices.


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