Amber Lannon is the university librarian at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. Amber has been a member of ACRL for 6 years and is your ACRL Member of the Week for November 16, 2020.
Amber recently brought together subject experts in wellness programing as an editor of the ACRL publication, Student Wellness and Academic Libraries: Case Studies and Activities for Promoting Health and Success, which includes case studies, commentary, and research on student wellness initiatives in academic libraries.
Describe yourself in three words: Committed, caring, collaborative.
What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I am reading The Generosity Plan: Sharing Your Time, Treasure, and Talent to Shape the World by Kathy LeMay.
Describe ACRL in three words: Learning, leadership, networking.
What do you value about ACRL? I value the opportunity to learn and share, to be part of a group that advances learning, librarianship and scholarship.
What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? The library is integral to both teaching, research, and community outreach missions of the university with a broad range of services and collections. At the same time, it is also a gathering and learning space for the university, particularly students —and we welcome the community.
To be successful on so many fronts requires a team of talented and dedicated people – it is my job to support our team so that they can provide excellent service to our students and faculty. A rewarding aspect of my role is that I frequently receive messages about our exceptional team and the outstanding support they have provided.
In your own words: My very first paying position was working in a public library when I was 14 years old. Although I had other jobs over time, I loved the environment, particularly the people who both work at and use libraries, and when it was time to choose a career there was no question that I would become a librarian. Academic librarianship is something I became interested in during my time in university while working as a student employee at Dalhousie’s Killam Library. it was clear to me that being a librarian was the best work on campus.. My library career has taken me from Dalhousie to the University of British Columbia, McGill and now Carleton -some of the best and most beautiful universities and campuses in Canada.
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