Member of the Week: Nadine Newman

Nadine NewmanNadine Newman is is a Librarian and Head of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute for Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), Documentation and Data Centre at the University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica. Nadine has been an ACRL member since 2010 and is your ACRL member of the week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Driven, reliable, optimistic.

2. What are you reading right now? I just completed reading The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Relevant, collaborative, network.

4. Why did you join ACRL? I want to keep up-to-date with the trends and issues in academic and research librarianship and to become involved in an association that provides opportunities to share information and knowledge with others in similar situations. It provides an opportunity for my professional growth and self-development.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? Academic and research librarians play vital and varied roles in the life of the university. It is true to say that persons in these positions wear many hats, go beyond carrying out traditional responsibilities and carve out new roles for themselves on campus. It is provides the opportunity for a diversity of competencies beyond librarianship.

6. In your own words: Being an academic/research librarian places me in a stimulating and exciting environment.  On a daily basis I know I am making a valuable contribution to not only faculty but also the students by fulfilling their research needs. I know I am making a difference by helping to develop and distribute knowledge through publications in professional journals. I love my job and this profession.

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