Jennifer Embree is a subject librarian at Binghamton University in New York. Jennifer, a 2020 Emerging Leader, has been a member of ACRL for 3 years and is your ACRL Member of the Week for May 11, 2020.
Describe yourself in three words: Perceptive, imaginative, cheerful.
What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device(s)? Right now, I am currently in the middle of three books: Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe, The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye, and Books Across Borders: UNESCO and the Politics of Postwar Cultural Reconstruction, 1945-1951. I also love listening to podcasts, and am currently listening to Criminal and Burnt Toast.
Describe ACRL in three words: Full of opportunities.
What do you value about ACRL? As an early-career librarian, I especially value both the opportunities and the feeling of community that ACRL provides. The first conference that I attended as a professional librarian was ACRL 2019. While there, I had the chance to network with peers from other institutions, learn about various opportunities to participate in ACRL through groups such as the ACRL Science & Technology Section or the University Libraries Section, and listen to inspiring speakers share their invaluable experiences and cutting-edge research with other members. By attending this conference, I was able to learn so much about the resources and support that ACRL offers, and ever since I have taken advantage of every opportunity I could to learn new skills, meet new people, and find my own place within this wonderful and welcoming community of librarians.
What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? As a subject librarian, my primary responsibility to is to serve as the liaison to my departments. This includes providing instruction, working closely with affiliated faculty, students or staff to provide consultations, research help, and resource support, and developing and managing the collections for my subject areas. I also love to get involved in new and exciting projects that help enhance library services and create a warm community feel for the students and faculty on our campus. For instance, I’m currently working on building a new pleasure reading collection for the Science Library here at Binghamton
In your own words: One of my favorite things about being an academic librarian is how varied every single day can be. I may be reviewing the latest psychology books to be published on a Monday, teaching a workshop on citation management tools on a Tuesday, meeting with a faculty member about grant-searching on a Wednesday, hosting a virtual reality event for students in the library on a Thursday, and conducting my own research on altmetrics on a Friday. Working as an academic librarian always keeps me on my toes, and although wearing so many hats can sometimes get overwhelming, at the end of the day I’m always so grateful for how diverse my job can be.
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