Member of the Week: Laura Palumbo

Laura B. Palumbo

Laura B. PalumboLaura Palumbo is Chemistry & Physics Librarian and Science Data Specialist at Rutgers University in Piscataway, NJ. With her research background in engagement with science communities and research data services in academic libraries, she recently joined the presenter team for ACRL’s new licensed workshop Building Your Research Data Management Toolkit: Integrating RDM Into Your Liaison Work. Laura has been an ACRL member since 2013 and is your ACRL member of the week for December 19, 2016.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Collegial, inquisitive, tenacious.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I’ve just started reading The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth J. Church. It’s a novel about two married academics, set against the backdrop of the development of the atomic bomb. It explores the “two body problem,” during a time when it was expected that the wife would sacrifice her own intellectual pursuits for the sake of her husband’s academic career.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Innovative, trusted, supportive.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I value belonging to an organization that is esteemed worldwide as a resource for forward-thinking research and programming. ACRL connects me with a knowledgeable and engaged community of professionals who readily contribute their skills and time, helping us all to become better at what we do.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? As an academic librarian, I liaise with departments in the physical sciences, developing relationships with faculty and students that help me to help them succeed. I connect our researchers and students with collaborators, programming, and resources that contribute to their academic lives. I teach our communities not only about research skills and critical thinking, but in my role as Science Data Specialist I provide instruction and assistance in the developing areas of data management and open access. I’m excited to be involved in this growing opportunity for academic librarians to become more actively engaged with researchers.

6. In your own words: I love being an academic librarian—being part of a profession that cares deeply about the enrichment of students and faculty. It’s very satisfying to me to be able to contribute to the research, teaching, and learning that take place here every day. I also enjoy being challenged by the rapid evolution and growth of our field, adapting services and learning new skills as the needs of our communities change. My days are never dull!

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