Member of the Week: Amy Harris

Amy HarrisAmy Harris is First-Year Instruction Coordinator and Reference Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Greensboro, NC. Amy has been an ACRL member since 2006 and is your ACRL member of the week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Mom, Librarian, Teacher.

2. What are you reading right now? I have a 5 month old baby, so I read mostly board books. Hop on Pop is a current favorite. Professionally, I just finished How to Write a Lot by Paul Silvia. It has already made me a more disciplined and productive writer.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Representing (an) evolving profession.

4. Why did you join ACRL? I joined ACRL when I was in library school because I wanted to be connected to people who were doing what I wanted to do. I remain a member today for the same reason. Also, the conferences are lots of fun.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? As a First-Year Instruction Librarian, I teach hundreds of first-year students how to do research every year. Seeing these students get excited about research and what the library has to offer is incredibly valuable to me. Plus, the cycle begins anew each year, so there is never a dull moment!

6. In your own words:Being an academic librarian is the greatest job in the world. I get to share my love of learning with students, both at the reference desk and in the classroom, and work with faculty to create new knowledge. But the best part of this job is working on a college campus. Not only do I get to work in a beautiful place with lots of trees, flowers and vibrant college students, I’m surrounded by new and exciting ideas. Despite the strange looks I sometimes get from students when I tell them I get to do research for a living, I would not trade it for anything.

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  1. What a great promo for academic librarianship! I’m going back to school this summer at NC Central for my second MLS degree (currently working as a middle school librarian) just for many of the same reasons you mentioned.

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