Member of the Week: Miriam Rigby

Miriam RigbyMiriam Rigby is Social Sciences Librarian at the University of Oregon in Eugene. Miriam has been an ACRL member since 2009, is a 2010 ALA Emerging Leader, and is your ACRL member of the week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Creative, Observant, Engaged.

2. What are you reading right now? I recently finished a spree of Murakami novels and decided to take a break from that with Neuromancer by William Gibson. On the anthropological end of things, I’m just starting Gossip and the Everyday Production of Politics by Niko Besnier. And I also read way too many blogs via my Google Reader.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Participatory, Interesting, Networked.

4. Why did you join ACRL? I joined to connect with and get involved with my fellow academic librarians. Whether or not this is a truthful account of my past, it is why I continue to be in ACRL and am on a number of committees at the state and national levels.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I think the greatest value of academic librarianship is simply being embedded in an academic environment. I find that being surrounded by and engaged in the community’s research projects engenders a spirit of research and academic pursuit amongst the librarians themselves. It’s a mutually beneficial situation for all involved.

6. In your own words: I enjoy being engaged in academic pursuits and helping others learn how to conduct library research efficiently. I’m a naturally curious person, and it’s great to have the chance to encounter all of the various research topics being pursued by the students and faculty with whom I work. It’s especially satisfying to be able to help draw an idea out of a reference patron and to teach them how to direct their idea into a focused project. I like keeping busy and applying my problem solving skills, and I find I have ample opportunity to do this in a university community.

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