Patrice Green a research and instruction librarian for special collections libraries at the University of Georgia. Patrice, a 2020 ALA Emerging Leader, has been a member of ACRL for 1 year and is your ACRL Member of the Week for January 27, 2020.
Describe yourself in three words: Ambitious, curious, sincere.
What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device(s)? I’m catching up on a few things – Stephanie Jones-Rogers’ They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South (Yale 2019) and Daniel Immerwahr’s How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States (FSG 2019). And any romance novel I can get my hands on at the public library.
Describe ACRL in three words: Underutilized, valuable, community.
What do you value about ACRL? I value the opportunity to see ACRL as an avenue for unlearning, especially when it comes to information literacy and higher education in marginalized communities. The ACRL Framework is indicative of this, and I hope we can expand it as a guideline and policy framework to have a more prominent role in cultural competency efforts regarding information research involving BIPOC communities.
What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? As an academic librarian, I help people on their research journeys in a myriad of ways they may have not considered otherwise. Sometimes we’re brought into the process early, and other times we’re not, but the important thing is that students, staff, faculty, and the greater university community know we’re there for them and we’re here help them get where they need to be.
In your own words: Helping people on their research journeys is a whole new world of discovery on all ends. Performing reference is like conducting a mini investigation or going on a tiny research mission. When I did archival work, I let myself try and embody the subject for the duration of that processing adventure – some day’s I’d be a professor, others a medical doctor, others a scientist or suffragette or politician. I apply that same technique to reference librarianship (as long as it’s not detrimental to my mental health), especially in special collections as I look through manuscript collections, rare books, and different media formats. Maybe I’ll never be involved in any of the activities or professions mentioned in the research questions that come my way, but for a few minutes out of each day, I get to be someone or something different. Yesterday I was a cartographer, city planner, and engineer. What I’ll be tomorrow is totally up to the needs of our learning communities, and that intellectual flexibility is the best thing about my job.
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