Gabriel Gardner is Librarian for Criminal Justice, Linguistics, and Romance, German, Russian Languages & Literatures at California State University, Long Beach in Long Beach, California. Gabriel has been an ACRL member since 2015 and is your ACRL member of the week for June 13, 2016.
1. Describe yourself in three words: Committed, inquisitive, amiable.
2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I’m currently working through The Discoverers: A History of Man’s Search to Know His World and Himself by Daniel J. Boorstin (the 12th Librarian of Congress). Before that I read The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt. As for podcasts, I never miss an episode of EconTalk.
3. Describe ACRL in three words: Sterling, inspiring, professional.
4. What do you value about ACRL? ACRL provides high quality professional development programming, up to date scholarship and research on the state of academic libraries, and an incredibly diverse and useful personal network of librarians.
5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? Besides the traditional duties of managing specific subject collections, offering reference services, and teaching library instruction workshops, I work with staff to update our library’s website and ensure that access to our electronic resources is uninterrupted. Almost all aspects of my work require input and collaboration with others, be they students, staff, or faculty. A library is nothing without its patrons so I place a premium on their feedback.
6. In your own words: I became interested in librarianship due to my experiences in public libraries. My career began in public libraries and I enjoyed that; in a way, I came to academic librarianship by chance. I’m thankful every day for the opportunities I’ve had and the work that I am able to do as an academic librarian. The expectations of scholarship and service to the profession that are incumbent on academic librarians have been delightful challenges. The interactions I have with faculty and students on a regular basis provide me with several ways to make positive impacts not only on those individuals but also on the larger landscape of scientific and humanities scholarship itself. I am proud of the work our profession does.
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