Member of the Week: Donna Goda

Donna GodaDonna Goda is Reference Librarian at the United States Naval Academy’s Nimitz Library in Annapolis, MD. Donna has been an ACRL member since 2004 and is your ACRL member of the week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Optimistic, reflective, inquisitive.

2. What are you reading right now? I am currently re-reading William Greider’s Secrets of the Temple, a book about the Federal Reserve System.  On the top of my reading stack are two books on Second Life.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Forward looking, responsive.

4. Why did you join ACRL? ACRL provides tangible, relevant and focused resources such as guidelines/standards, tools and publications specific to the profession, and the conferences are a showcase for new approaches and ideas.  Through its committee structure ACRL promotes inquiry into evolving issues thus simultaneously sustaining a network of interested professionals.  As a professional association, ACRL promotes discussion of opportunities and possibilities.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? As an academic librarian, I have the opportunity to be a catalyst for critical thinking and to “teach people how to fish” as well as “give them a fish” when appropriate.  I can help people discover answers, a skill which will benefit them for life.

6. In your own words: At my very core, I am a snoop.  My first word had to have been “why”?  So I get paid to do what makes me very happy and I know that if I don’t know how to find what I am after, I am usually surrounded by other librarians who can help.  It is an added bonus when I see that look in the eyes of those coming to me for assistance when I help them find just the type of information they seek, or information they weren’t aware of.  Being a librarian means I have a key that opens the door to knowledge and I can pass this key on infinitely through each person I assist.

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