Yumi Shin is a coordinator of reference and access services at Lamar State College – Port Arthur in Texas. Yumi has been a member of ACRL for 3 years and is your ACRL Member of the Week for June 1, 2021.
Describe yourself in three words: Motivated, collaborative, challenging.
What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I am reading Managerial Economics: Applications, Strategy, and Tactics by James R. McGuigan, R. Charles Moyer, and Frederick H. deB. Harris, Cosmos by Carl Sagan, and When Einstein Walked with Gödel: Excursions to the Edge of Thought by Jim Holt.
Describe ACRL in three words: Resourceful, connected, supportive.
What do you value about ACRL? I truly value the opportunities to learn various topics that ACRL provides throughout the year. As a small college librarian, these opportunities are beneficial to me in increasing my knowledge and expanding connections to other professionals. It also helps me stay up-to-date during ongoing changing times.
What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? As a coordinator of reference and access services, I always try my best to provide valuable library services to meet our patrons’ needs. I particularly focus on developing creative lesson plans to engage students more when delivering information literacy. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, I have developed and offered video tutorials and synchronous library instruction classes to cope with the pandemic. I am also keen on addressing the assessment in instruction. I conduct research on the impact of library instructions via in-person and online.
In your own words: Today, academic libraries face rapid and unpredictable changes, which have affected library services tremendously. Because of these rapid changes, leadership in academic libraries is critical to ensuring the continued success and growth of libraries. It is imperative for librarians to constantly rethink libraries’ role to stay up-to-date, particularly how it relates to college patrons and the wider community. I believe that twenty-first-century libraries should be viewed as a gathering place like playgrounds welcoming patrons. There is no reason why campus libraries cannot be more inviting and fun.
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