Member of the Week: Courtney Cunningham

Courtney CunninghamCourtney Cunningham is an MSLS student in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science.  She is also currently a Research Assistant in UNC-Chapel Hill’s GrantSource Library. Courtney has been an ACRL member since 2010 and is your ACRL member of the week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Independent, precise, inquisitive.

2. What are you reading right now? Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World by Nicholas Ostler and Ghosts of Spain: Travels Through Spain and Its Silent Past by Giles Tremlett.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Influential, supportive, dedicated.

4. Why did you join ACRL? The intellectual environment found only in academic settings is where I feel most comfortable and where I would like to continue to work for as long as possible. ACRL is a wonderful organization for those with this same interest, particularly those who, like me, are new to the profession and in need of guidance.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I believe that a small group of lucky people were born with an overwhelming need to consume information of all varieties and the ability to help others understand the complex world of academia. I also highly value the mutual respect and support that can develop between academic librarians and the scholarly community in which they play such a crucial role.

6. In your own words: I truly enjoy the process of research–I find the acquisition of new knowledge exhilarating and addictive. My first semester at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science just began and I’m already finding it difficult to pin down exactly which career path within academic librarianship to pursue because so many seem rewarding. That’s certainly not the case with most other jobs so I am thankful I fell in love with librarianship early on!

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