Member of the Week: Carl R. Andrews

Carl R. AndrewsCarl R. Andrews works in the Interlibrary Loan Department at the  Charles Evans Inniss Memorial Library of Medgar Evers College, The City University of New York in Brooklyn, NY.  Carl has been an ACRL member since 2009 and is your ACRL member of the week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Enthusiastic, energetic, compassionate.

2. What are you reading right now? I’m just about finished with E. Lynn Harris‘ biography What Becomes of The Broken Hearted. I’m also reading one of his latest fiction titles, Just Too Good To Be True.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Resourceful, essential, professional.

4. Why did you join ACRL? I am relatively new to the field of academic librarianship. ACRL is perhaps the best resource for new academic librarians who aspire to grow professionally and academically. ACRL is also a phenomenal resource for obtaining strategies that help with aligning information literacy standards into course curricula.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? In the academic library setting, we (librarians) have the opportunity to support students and faculty in both their academic and professional endeavors. This is not necessarily the case with other disciplines. Academic librarianship challenges librarians to stay abreast of what may be required of students in the classroom and in the world of work. We provide faculty with scaffolds and research tools that will enhance their student’s critical thinking as well as their instructional objectives. In an indirect way, this empowers people and thus improves the quality of life for society as a whole.

6. In your own words: Academic librarianship encompasses a combination of so many specialized disciplines. In many ways this profession gives us the opportunity to play a role in the decisions that are made in classrooms and law firms and corporate offices all over the country. The library is the information and research hub for all colleges and universities and professionals from every discipline depend on us to provide them with information that is reliable, relevant, trusted and accurate.

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