Member of the Week: Kiyomi Diane Deards

Kiyomi DeardsKiyomi Diane Deards is an MLIS Student at Drexel University in Chino, California. Kiyomi has been an ACRL member since 2009, and is your ACRL member of the week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Enthusiastic, Ambitious, Renaissance Woman.

2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your iPod)? I just finished Terry Pratchett’s Unseen Academicals and am about to start Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Reinvigorating Collegial Cadre.

4. Why did you join ACRL? As a scientist I have enjoyed and relied upon the invisible college.  Receiving C&RL News and College & Research Libraries was a fantastic bonus.  I also wanted to get involved in a professional organization, which I did by accepting a two-year appointment as the Web Editor and List Administrator for ACRL’s Residency Interest Group.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I enjoy the diversity of topics, helping people find new resources, and teaching advanced search techniques.  I’m addicted to learning and it’s great to enter a profession where it is mandatory.  In what other environment could a conversation about physical chemistry evolve into a discussion of research practices in the medical community for studying the long-term effects of topical substances on the skin?

6. In your own words: We must be innovators, polymaths, and multitaskers, willing to adjust our methods, resources, and programs to our users evolving needs.  The connectivity of today’s library community allows us to learn from each other, try competing models, compare results and emerge as a stronger, more effective, force for the promotion of knowledge and research.  I hope to continue connecting with librarians around the world and become an active contributor as we establish new models of research and community.

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