Member of the Week: Emma Molls

Emma Molls

Emma MollsEmma Molls has been appointed Publishing Services Librarian at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN. Until August, Emma served as Scholarly Communication Librarian at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Emma has been an ACRL member since 2012 and is your ACRL member of the week for September 5, 2016.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Energetic, curious, vegetarian.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? Rereading Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine and Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Evolving, engaging, purposeful.

4. What do you value about ACRL? ACRL creates a space for the exchange of ideas and dialogue among members. Often times, especially as an early career librarian working in scholarly communication, my work can feel isolating—ACRL assists me in finding folks working on similar projects at ACRL workshops, conferences, and webinars. One of my favorite recent discussions was the SPARC/ACRL Forum at ALA Annual on transitioning journals from subscription to open.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? As a scholarly communication librarian, my main role is to bring together perspectives and innovations from multiple disciplines across campus.  My greatest moments come when I get to hear faculty/students from one discipline identify a problem or frustration, only to find a borrowed solution from another discipline. Along with my colleagues, my major contribution to campus is to remind researchers that now, more than ever, the academic library plays a major role in the research ecosystem.

6. In your own words: It is an exciting time to be a librarian working in the research world. The rise of open access content has given us the opportunity to rethink and rebuild systems to better serve researchers and libraries. My favorite part about being a librarian is that I also get to be an advocate; an advocate for open access and information justice.

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