Member of the Week: Christina Sibley

Christina Sibley

Christina SibleyChristina Sibley is Distance Education Librarian at Arizona Western College in Yuma, AZ. Christina has been an ACRL member since 2005 and is your ACRL member of the week for September 19, 2016.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Creative, helpful, dependable.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I just finished The M Train by Patti Smith and The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. I have begun Gloria Steinem’s new memoir My Life on the Road.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Camaraderie, development, leadership.

4. What do you value about ACRL? The opportunity to meet my peers from across the country and get exposed to new ideas.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? As Distance Education Librarian I provide library support and instruction to our online and distance campus students, as well as participating in reference, instruction and collection development with my colleagues in the library.

6. In your own words: Community colleges have diverse student populations. One minute I can be helping a traditional young college student, another minute a middle aged person learning English as a second language, and next a trucker who is working on a certificate in logistics and wants to move into that type of work. I enjoy this diversity. It’s exciting to see students progressing towards their goals. Sometimes the older students who have been away from school for a long time are a little nervous and I can encourage them by letting them know that I, too, returned to school later in life for a career change and they can succeed. Being a community college librarian is rewarding.

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