Member of the Week: Manuel Ostos

Manuel Ostos

Manuel OstosManuel Ostos is the librarian for romance languages and literatures at Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA. Manuel first joined ACRL in 2011 and is your ACRL member of the week for October 30, 2017.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Passionate, scholarly, authentic.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I am reading Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami and listening to Lang Lang playing Chopin.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Scholarship, community, engagement.

4. What do you value about ACRL? The most important aspect of ARCL is its people— academic librarians who share similar challenges, engage in scholarly conversations, and are committed to service.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? As librarian for romance languages and literatures, my role is to support teaching and research in academic areas related to Latin America, Spain, Portugal, Italy, and France. In this capacity, I identify materials not available in North America to build interdisciplinary collections in all formats, deliver course-related instruction sessions, and provide research consultations to undergraduate and graduate students.

6. In your own words: Academic libraries in North America are transitioning from a large stand-alone print collection environment to a collections-as-a-service model, characterized by access to online content via eBooks and open access platforms, increased resource sharing, and collaborative collection development initiatives. As a result, for area and international studies, challenges include space reconfigurations and budget cuts, all of these under the assumption that most research materials would and will be available online. While this is true for many disciplines, scholarly publications from Latin America and much of Europe continue to be distributed in print and are not available online or as eBooks. As librarian for romance languages and literatures, my passion is to provide tailored collections to support advanced research and ensure that underrepresented communities have a space in our library’s shelves. The opportunity to engage in scholarly collaborations with collegiate faculty and broadening students’ understanding about the world is the most rewarding aspect of my job.

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