Member of the Week: Amy Buckland

Amy BucklandAmy Buckland is the Institutional Repository Manager at the University of Chicago. Amy has been an ACRL member since 2008 and is a Scholarly Communication Workshop Presenter. She is your ACRL member of the week for September 28, 2015.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Rowdy, ambitious, and fearless.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I listen to a tonne of podcasts like No Such Thing As A Fish, 99% Invisible, CBC’s Spark. Regular reads: 5 Useful Articles, current issue of Lucky Peach, and an actual print book (I, uh, don’t read long format anything very often) Big Data Little Data No Data: Scholarship in the Networked World by Christine L. Borgman.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Community, established, and promising.

4. What do you value about ACRL? ACRL has a great opportunity right now to become a leading voice on academic issues that affect everyone, like net neutrality, open access to research, and privacy rights. As a group, ACRL could be a very powerful voice – we can’t let this chance go by.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I spend most of my day talking to researchers and librarians about their digital scholarship needs, and figuring out ways the library can use current services, or develop new ones, to better support all of the awesome work happening at UChicago. As mine is a new position without a roadmap, I’m able to be nimble when responding to requests. And because my colleagues are an encouraging bunch, I’m able to pilot new initiatives with lots of support.

6. In your own words: I know it doesn’t always feel that way, but being a librarian is a powerful position. And like the old saying goes, we must use this power for good. There is so much more we must do in terms of speaking out on social justice issues, fighting ridiculous laws that infringe on basic freedoms like the right to privacy, and generally using our position within our respective communities to remind everyone that scholarship is a public good. We must also remember that we have kicked butt since forever, and will continue to do so, regardless how many pundits get screen space talking about the “death of libraries.” (True fact: librarians need glasses because of all the eye-rolling they have to do whenever they read the term “death of the book” or “death of the library.”)

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