Member of the Week: Sarah J. Wright

Sarah J. Wright

Sarah J. WrightSarah J. Wright is Life Sciences Librarian for Research at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Sarah has been an ACRL member since 2015 and is your ACRL member of the week for October 17, 2016.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Creative, adventurous, and spontaneous—how else do you think I got to be a librarian?!

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I have three ebooks loaded right now! Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann, which I started reading in preparation for a trip to NYC last weekend and I’m totally consumed by it; Barkskins by Annie Proulx, which I’ve just begun and am very excited about because I love Annie Proulx and her writing and it’s been a long time; and The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante. That one is up next because I read the Neapolitan novels, didn’t want them to end, and decided to try another of her books. I also have a pile of books leaning dangerously on the side table in my dining room, but between kids and life, I haven’t gotten to them yet.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: I am terrible at this! Awesome, community, support.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I love that I have such a great group of colleagues that I can rely on to support me, challenge me, keep me informed, and help me grow in my career—that’s ACRL in a nutshell to me. I rely on ACRL for ongoing professional development and learning opportunities, and have been lucky to learn from so many excellent colleagues! Now that I get to be a presenter for the Building Your Research Data Management Tool Kit Road Show, I welcome the opportunity to give back to my colleagues in an area that I have some expertise in.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I am the Life Sciences Librarian for Research at Albert R. Mann Library, which serves the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University. In that role, I do a lot of different things including reference, instruction, and liaison services. My major passion as a former researcher (lab rat) turned librarian is the research support part of my job, and I’m an active member of the Research Data Management Service Group (RDMSG), a collaborative, campus-wide organization that assists with creating and implementing data management plans, applying best practices for managing data, and finding data management services.

6. In your own words: I became a librarian because I thought it would be an engaging and exciting career, and one that would enable me to continue learning for the rest of my life. I have not been disappointed. I feel that I am particularly fortunate to be a librarian in such exciting times, when we are looking forward and thinking about how we can best position ourselves strategically as active participants within the research life cycle of the university. I am so lucky to be intellectually stimulated and engaged every day!

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