Member of the Week: Melissa S. Stoner

Melissa S. Stoner

Melissa S. StonerMelissa S. Stoner is Native American Studies Librarian at the University of California, Berkeley in Berkeley, CA. Melissa has been an ACRL member since 2015 and is your ACRL member of the week for November 14, 2016.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Quirky, sassy, and sarcastic.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I started listening to The Pen Addict Podcast. Don’t let the name fool you, they also talk about and review other stationery products. Once in awhile I’ll also listen to Lore. For my birthday my husband gave me a Taschen book, A History of Photography: From 1839 to the Present.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Collaborative, inclusive, resourceful.

4. What do you value about ACRL? As a 2014 MLIS graduate of San Jose State University, I am new to ACRL. I’m honored to have been sponsored by LITA as an ALA Emerging Leader this year and look forward to learning more about ACRL through the coming years. It feels great to be part of an organization that is as passionate about student success, and information literacy as I am.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I think I bring a passion for creating useful and beautiful online collections. In 2013, I was hired as Digital Projects Librarian to develop the Nevada State College Undergraduate Oral History Collection. I enjoyed working with students and community members to collect oral histories from the founders of the city of Henderson, Nevada and the college. More recently I was been working in the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Digital Collections Department on the National Digital Newspaper Program. In March, I was hired as the Native American Studies Librarian at the University of California, Berkeley. The Ethnic Studies Library, where I will be working, is eager to digitize much of their print archives. I look forward to being a part of such a great project. I think I also bring a broad perspective on what it means to be a Native American today, and can help challenge positive and negative stereotypes. I’m excited about meeting and being able to collaborate with the Native American Studies faculty and students.

6. In your own words: I often remember something Miguel Figueroa, Director of the ALA Center for the Future of Libraries, said as the commencement speaker at my SJSU graduation. He said that the longer he has been a librarian that the more value he sees in the other life experiences each of us brings to librarianship. I think that my first 20-some odd years growing up on the Navajo Reservation and my years spent as a domestic violence advocate will always shape my perspective on librarianship. I think that there is power in knowledge, and I want to help share that power with the powerless.

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