Member of the Week: Hadeer Elsbai

Hadeer Elsbai

Editor’s Note: For the month of January, we’re profiling student members of ACRL. For a limited time, ACRL membership dues for students are just $5.

Hadeer ElsbaiHadeer Elsbai is a reference associate at New York University in New York, NY. Hadeer first joined ACRL in 2017 and is your ACRL member of the week for January 16, 2018.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Persistent, curious, writer.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? My daily commute totals three hours, which gives me plenty of time to read! I usually like to read three books of varying genres at a time. Right now I’m nearly done with Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, I just started N.K. Jemisin’s The Stone Sky, and I’m working through Kathleen Fraser’s Before They Were Belly Dancers: European Accounts of Female Entertainers in Egypt, 1760-1890.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Engaged, community, outreach.

4. What prompted you as a student to join ACRL? ACRL is so much more focused in relation to my career goals than ALA, which is much broader in scope. I hope to learn from ACRL’s publications, resources, and networking opportunities.

5. What are your career goals? How might ACRL help you achieve those goals? I’d like to continue in academic librarianship, with the hope of eventually becoming a subject specialist. I think having the opportunity to interact with other academic librarians and learn from their experiences is one of the things I most look forward to.

6. In your own words: As someone who briefly considered a doctoral degree, I find academic librarianship to be a happy compromise of my eclectic interests. It allows me to be immersed in academia while having the freedom to explore a broader range of possibilities than a doctoral degree path would grant. I’m pleased to have found myself in a field that is not only collaborative and knowledge-seeking, but is also striving to diversify.

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