Member of the Week: Jessica Mahoney

Jessica MahoneyJessica Mahoney is Instruction/Reference Librarian at the Franklin College Hamilton Library in Franklin, Indiana. Jessica has been an ACRL member since 2010 and is your ACRL member of the week.

1. Describe yourself in three words:  Innovative, Reflective, Learner.

2. What are you reading right now? Still Alice by Lisa Genova.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Strategic, Focused, Advocate.

4. Why do you value about ACRL? Not only is ACRL a strong advocate for academic librarianship, but ACRL is a professional support team.  My focus in library school was that of school librarianship, especially media specialist.  Life threw me a curve ball, and I became an academic librarian.  ACRL has afforded me many professional development opportunities making it 10x an easier transition from high school classroom teacher to academic librarian.  ACRL provides valuable research in proving the strength and necessity of academic libraries and librarians.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship?
I value the reward of helping a student or faculty member find that missing piece to their research puzzle.

6. In your own words: The atmosphere of professional learning is contagious and stimulating.  The librarians, faculty, staff, and students at my college are enthusiastic, inquisitive, and forever learning.  Knowing that I play a role in that is truly beautiful.

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