Member of the Week: Josh Honn

Josh HonnJosh Honn is a graduate student in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University in River Forest, IL. Josh has been an ACRL member since 2009, and is your ACRL member of the week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Empathetic, critical, conscious.

2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your iPod)? I’m currently reading Vineland by Thomas Pynchon, and lately I’ve been listening to Chris Bell and Big Star, A Place to Bury Strangers, the Mountain Goats, Thee Oh Sees, and (always) Neil Young.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: My kinda people.

4. Why did you join ACRL? I wanted to be involved in the issues of and the people in academic librarianship while completing the GSLIS program at Dominican University. I also thought ACRL would be a great place to make connections with other young (future and present) academic librarians like my (future and present) self.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? Being able to play a crucial role in the process of the scholarly pursuit is something I value highly. The scholarly pursuit being everything from helping a freshman in college to a university graduate student to pursuing my own academic interests.

6. In your own words: I’m not entirely sure what academic librarianship holds for me or that I even have the semblance of a coherent theory or philosophy of how to approach it. What I do know is that some amazing librarians have helped me with previous academic pursuits and I’d like to return the favor (so to speak) at some point in my career.

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