Member of the Week: Michelle Maloney

Michelle MaloneyMichelle Maloney is Reference Librarian at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA.  Michelle has been an ACRL member since 2006 and is your ACRL member of the week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Original, passionate, mindful, dedicated.

2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your iPod)? Books on or near the bed: Michael Chabon, Lorrie Moore, Junot Diaz, Melanie Watt, Michael Pollan, Jhumpa Lahiri, Michelle Tea.

Music: I stream a ton of college/indie stations from around the country/world (some favorites: KALX, WERS, WZBC, WMBR, KEXP, Radio Campus Bruxelles, Resonance London FM).  As far as the iPod, let’s see: New Order, M.I.A., Lily Allen, Jurassic 5, Joy Division, Gillian Welch, The Smiths, The Clash, Lucinda Williams, Tribe Called Quest, Pixies, Echo & the Bunnymen, Sleater-Kinney, Kirsty MacColl, Johnny Cash, Pet Shop Boys, Vampire Weekend, Erykah Badu, Yelle, Architecture in Helsinki, Nina Simone, Liz Phair.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Replenishes, reaffirms, reinvigorates.

4. Why did you join ACRL? To keep my finger on one of the main pulse points of academic librarianship.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? The wonderful students and faculty members I get to work with, and the excellent resources we can bring to bear in support of their achievements.  I also value the transformative effect that higher education can have on the lives of all students, particularly those who are first-generation college attendees.

6. In your own words: Steeped in tradition, yet reflective, dynamic, and ever-changing. I was introduced to S.R. Ranganthan’s “Five Laws of Library Science” (first written in 1931), while in graduate school at Illinois, and, while I find them all to be compelling, I’m particularly drawn to the 4th (“Save the Time of the User”) and 5th (“The Library is a Growing Organism”) laws respectively, as well as how these can be interpreted and utilized within a modern academic library context.

Photograph by Steve Yeater.

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  1. My congrats to Michelle Maloney, a valued colleague who is deserving of this recognition! In additon to her many other hats, including reference, instruction, and collection development, Michelle Maloney is designated as our outreach librarian. As a result of her work, the Library now has a more prominent presence at student orientations, parents’ day, and many other events. She shows so much enthusiasm at these events, and she has the ability to motivate and excite other librarians, staff, and student workers to also become involved in outreach activities.

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