Member of the Week: Laura Wimberley

Laura WimberleyLaura Wimberley works at the University of California San Diego Medical Center Library.  Laura has been an ACRL member since 2009 and is your ACRL member of the week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Enthusiastic, energetic, expert.

2. What are you reading right now? Right now I’m reading The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson.  It’s science fiction with a steampunk flourish, but what I really love about it is how Stephenson stretches the idea of what a “text” is while never giving up the conviction that books make us who we are.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Guild of Knowledge.

4. Why did you join ACRL? I joined ACRL because although my library career is just getting started, ACRL members have been so inspiring and welcoming that I know this is my professional home.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? What I value about academic librarianship is how we stand poised between the past and the future.  Academic libraries preserve our archival history, but also stay on the cutting edge of new research and inquiry; the constant tension between those two callings is invigorating and vital.

6. In your own words: This is an exciting time to become a librarian.  Collaboration is the hallmark of our field, and new Web 2.0 technologies are constantly emerging that allow for ever more innovative ways of collaborating: everything from staying in touch with new ACRL friends via Twitter after meeting at conferences, to opening up access to worlds of scholarship.

Editor’s Note: Are you an ACRL member? Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Nominate a colleague? Contact Mary Jane Petrowski at for more information.


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