Alexandra Janvey is a Library Assistant in the B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library at Long Island University in Long Island, New York. Alexandra has been an ACRL member since 2009, is a 2015 ALA Emerging Leader, and your ACRL member of the week for February 9, 2015.
1. Describe yourself in three words: Tenacious, generous, honest.
2. What are you currently reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman.
3. Describe ACRL in three words: Useful, educating, supportive.
4. What do you value about ACRL? I value the support and opportunities that ACRL provides for information professionals to share their ideas and experiences. Something that is especially important in a constantly changing profession such as ours.
5. What do you as a library assistant contribute to your campus? As a Library Assistant in the Digital Initiatives Department, I provide reference assistance to art students and teach library instruction sessions for the art department. Another part of my job is to provide research support for the William Randolph Hearst Archive, which is housed in my department. This includes answering reference requests from all over the world and aiding in developing digital projects.
6. In your own words: Being able to help students with their research and find what they need is extremely rewarding. The same can be said about helping the public find what they are looking for within the archives. I love what I do, the people I work with, and I can help people develop critical research skills that they will continue to use.
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