ACRL Member of the Week: Victor D. Baeza

Victor D. Baeza is a Scholarly Communication Librarian at Colorado State University Pueblo in Pueblo, CO. Victor has been a member of the ACRL for 24 years and is your ACRL Member of the Week for December 11, 2023.

Describe yourself in three words: Curious, seasoned, adaptive.

What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt.

Describe ACRL in three words: Place for everyone.

What do you value about ACRL? I have always appreciated the varied groups and avenues to engage with ACRL. As a “seasoned” librarian I have held various positions within academic libraries, and ACRL has either served as an avenue for me to gain knowledge or to share what I’ve learned. Much in the same way, the organization consists of individuals with varied experiences who are willing to provide some advice, a sympathetic ear when things don’t quite go your way or celebrate with you when things go well. I’ve also appreciated that throughout my career my involvement within ACRL has been able to grow or diminish depending on how much time I could devote as my career path changed.

What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? Academic libraries typically have a unique place on campus as a department that works with all others, whether they are an academic department or a support service. They also support students who are on campus, distant students, and/or are online. As an academic librarian my focus has been to contribute to the success of all and so my goal has been to be as flexible and open as possible. This has not only been in terms of the services I provide, but in the learning I do, and the willingness to fumble through something new with someone. Librarians have essentially collected information (in all forms), organized it and then helped people access it. So I strive to be the conduit on my campus to connect people with what they need. Whether it be a referral to another library employee, person or office on campus, service or product, workshop or training, an introduction to doing research, or directions to the nearest restroom.

In your own words: As with so many others, I didn’t start college with the idea of becoming a librarian. I received a work study position in the library as a freshman and luckily worked with librarians who shared their joy and knowledge of how libraries can make a difference in a student’s life. When it came time to graduate, I couldn’t imagine moving on to my “chosen” career and leaving the library. It’s a choice I’ve never regretted. Not only have I been able to help others with their needs, but I’ve continually had opportunities to learn and grow and to work with incredible people. Yes, there have been good and bad times, and a lot of pivots, but there have always been others in the library willing to share their joy and knowledge.

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