Member of the Week: Helen Goldman

Helen GoodmanHelen Goldman is Head of Cataloging at Auburn University in Auburn, AL.  Helen has been an ACRL member since 2007 and is your ACRL member of the week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Backstage data manager.

2. What are you reading right now? I am reading Milking the Moon: A Southerner’s Story of Life on this Planet by Eugene Walter, as told to Katherine Clark. Eugene Walter was a delightful southern writer/actor/entertainer with a great attitude about life and money and happiness. We have an extensive collection of his works in our Special Collections department.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Great conference programs.

4. Why did you join ACRL? After years of attending ACRL programs at ALA Annual conferences, I realized how often those programs were my favorites. When I renew my ALA membership, I include ACRL to thank them for sponsoring these memorable events.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? Academic librarianship concerns itself with primary and secondary resources at a level of scholarship that is broad and challenging. In technical services, we value the description of these materials so that they are quickly and correctly identified by our discovery tools.

6. In your own words: The academic/research librarianship lifestyle makes it possible for you to live in a great town with a long tradition and loyal alumni.  You get to work with and meet smart people: your coworkers, the patrons, other campus faculty and employees.  You are using sophisticated technology to create access points to information, switching constantly from one topic to the next.

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