Member of the Week: Ann Medaille

Ann MedailleAnn Medaille is Reference and Instruction Librarian at the University of Nevada, Reno in Reno, Nevada. Ann has been an ACRL member since 2008 and is your ACRL member of the week.

1. Describe yourself in three words:  Resourceful, efficient, driven.

2. What are you reading right now? I’m reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I just finished reading Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown’s A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change. And I’ve just started Dorothy Wickenden’s Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Community, excellence, collaboration.

4. Why did you join ACRL? I joined ACRL because I wanted to stay in contact with people who are doing the same kinds of work that I’m doing and facing the same kinds of challenges. I also wanted to stay current with the latest theories and trends in academic libraries, and I love the way that ACRL continually promotes excellence within the profession.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? My job takes so many different paths — teaching, outreach, collection development, helping others do research, and doing my own research. I find it very invigorating to have the chance to work on so many interesting projects and to make so many connections with people. I thrive on the energy that comes from working in many different areas.

6. In your own words: Before joining the world of libraries, I worked in both K-12 education and scholarly publishing. As an academic librarian, I’ve been able to draw upon my past experiences when trying to excite students about learning and when assisting faculty with their teaching and research. I truly enjoy working as a librarian, and I’m excited about the ways that our profession is changing. The library world presents many opportunities for experimentation, collaboration, and play — and that’s really energizing.

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