Jennifer Brannock is Curator of Rare Books and Mississippiana at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. Jennifer first joined ACRL in 2004 and is your ACRL member of the week for December 5, 2016.
1. Describe yourself in three words: Energetic, outgoing, creative.
2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I’m currently reading The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom. Ever since the Beatles’ albums were released on streaming services, that’s all I’ve been listening to. The White Album has been playing for weeks.
3. Describe ACRL in three words: Innovative, collaborative, and supportive.
4. What do you value about ACRL? There are so many ways in which I appreciate ACRL. I’ve attended a number of ACRL/RBMS conferences and participated in other learning opportunities that have been transformative. These educational experiences have provided me with information and ideas to take back to my job at the University of Southern Mississippi.
5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I am consistently engaged with faculty, students, and staff at the university. At the moment, I am partnering with a history professor on a digital humanities project relating to Mississippi community cookbooks. Through my work with faculty in various departments, special collections instruction and archival and primary source research is an integral component in many classes. As a tenured faculty member, I have been involved with faculty governance in the library, as well as around campus, by chairing library governance committees and serving as secretary of the university’s faculty senate.
6. In your own words: As with many librarians, twenty years ago I didn’t imagine that I would end up becoming a librarian…and loving it! Collaborating with faculty and students on research, exhibits, and programming is always a rewarding experience. To see a student have that “aha” moment doing research in the collections reminds me of the important role libraries play in the education of students. By presenting at conferences and writing articles for local, state, and national publications, I’m able to contribute to and participate in discussions that impact librarians. Being involved in the library, the university, the community, and in professional service and scholarship gives me the opportunity to make a difference and to hopefully convince others to develop their love of research. I truly love my job, coworkers, and the collections in special collections at Southern Miss.
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