Member of the Week: Krista Higham

Krista HighamKrista Higham is Access Services Librarian at Millersville University Library in Millersville, Pennsylvania. Krista has been an ACRL member since 2006 and is your ACRL member of the week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Personable, detailed, motivated.

2. What are you reading right now? Professionally — Moving Your Library:  Getting the Collection from Here to There by Steven Carl Fortriede. Personally — Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory by Peter Hessler

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Professional, relationships, resources.

4. Why did you join ACRL? I joined ACRL for an opportunity for professional development, networking with colleagues, and  excellent conferences and resources.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship?
Sharing materials, information, and expertise. Knowing I have made an impact on students and have helped them access the research materials needed whether in physical or electronic format. Working with new opportunities to streamline the access of content and remove mechanical barriers; to make intellectual knowledge more discoverable.

6. In your own words: I love working in Access Services:  seeing the immediate gratitude of helping a student locate the item they were looking for; facilitating the flow of materials to and from other libraries; extending courses with reserve items; and, keeping the collection orderly.  As my library embarks on an extended renovation project and our current building closes, I’m looking forward to the new opportunities that will be presented by this move.  During this time we will develop new patterns of interaction with students and faculty and it will be interesting to see how this impacts the use of the renovated library.

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