ACRL Member of the Week: Victoria (Tori) Lieggi

Victoria is an Instructional Services Librarian & Coordinator of Access Services at Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA. Victoria has been a member of ACRL for 3 years, IS for 3 years, CLS for 2 years and is your ACRL Member of the Week for September 5, 2023.

Describe yourself in three words: Thoughtful, community-focused, determined.

What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators by Ronan Farrow; Cherokee Earth Dwellers: Stories and Teachings of the Natural World by Christopher B. Teuton, Hastings Shade, and Loretta Shade; Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope by bell hooks. I’m currently reading a lot more nonfiction than I normally do!

Describe ACRL in three words: Supportive, intellectual community.

What do you value about ACRL? ACRL has been a crucial learning and connection-building resource for me. Not only has it provided endless foundational resources for my instruction but has also helped me establish relationships with colleagues that I otherwise would not have. Being a co-convener of the Access Services Interest Group (ASIG) has afforded me valuable collaboration opportunities with other Access Services librarians who have helped me learn more about the field. As the only Access Services librarian at my institution, this has been significant to my professional development, and I’m proud to be part of a group that fosters these connections and avenues to help the field evolve.

What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? The two main components of my position are instruction and Access Services. As an Instructional Services Librarian, I provide information literacy instruction and research consultations to a variety of departments in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. I collaborate with teaching faculty to provide engaging, student-centered sessions to teach students the critical thinking and research skills they will need for their academic careers and everyday lives. As the Coordinator of Access Services, I oversee our Access Services department, which includes maintaining the physical library facility and supervising the full-time staff member and student employees who run the circulation desk. What connects these two parts of my job is building connections. Whether I am in the classroom, providing student training, or writing new policies, my priority is to build connections with the campus community to create services and an environment where they are welcomed and valued.

In your own words: Being an academic librarian and working in libraries has been a continuous source of serendipity for me. Before working part-time at a public library as an undergraduate, I had never considered applying for a master’s program, much less to be a librarian. When I discovered how much I enjoyed interacting with and helping the public get the resources they needed through the public library, it was unexpected. As a graduate assistant, I didn’t think I was going to fall in love with instruction — I was actually terrified to teach workshops for other graduate students! Now as an academic librarian, I am continually delighted and surprised by the wonderful relationships I build with my colleagues, students, and faculty and the ways in which I have developed. I am very fortunate to be in a profession where I learn from the students who come to me for research consultations, from faculty who challenge me to think creatively about projects we work on together, and from my supportive colleagues whose innovation and imagination inspires me to grow and approach problems in new ways. What’s cooler than being able to learn every day and to see how your learning and teaching directly impacts others?


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