Member of the Week: Piper Martin

Piper Martin

Piper MartinPiper Martin is the humanities and communication liaison librarian at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, WY. Piper has been an ACRL member since 2003 and is your ACRL member of the week for February 21, 2017.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Empathetic, skeptical, reflective.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? The Invention of Paris: A History in Footsteps by Eric Hazan; A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James; Memories from Moscow to the Black Sea by Teffi; and Information Literacy and Social Justice edited by Lua Gregory and Shana Higgins.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Collaborative, connective, supportive.

4. What do you value about ACRL? ACRL has been crucial in expanding my professional horizons, from serving on committees to attending inspiring conferences to reading its publications. I especially appreciate the structure ACRL provides to help connect librarians from all over North America; I have formed invaluable relationships—both collaborators and friends—through ACRL that have enriched my work and life immeasurably. Lastly, I am grateful for ACRL’s efforts to move our profession forward.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? As a liaison librarian in the research and instruction department of my library, my focus is on teaching and learning. I collaborate with teaching faculty to create dynamic, student-centered assignments and activities for instruction sessions in the disciplines with which I work, individual research consultations, and workshops. I will also teach a 3-credit course in the spring semester that incorporates the ACRL Framework and concepts of social justice. One of the most important aspects of my liaison work is building relationships: with teaching faculty, students, and members of the campus, community, and state. Through these relationships I am able to communicate the library’s importance and connection to the research and teaching that form the core mission of the university.

6. In your own words: I feel extraordinarily fortunate to be in a profession that allows me to regularly interact with so many intelligent, engaged people. It is both energizing and challenging to work alongside students as we grapple with the issues surrounding information in our world, and as trite as it sounds, every day I learn something new and stimulating. I am proud of the way that academic librarians have responded so nimbly to changes in higher education, and I look forward to continuing to create a better environment in which our students, staff, and faculty can learn and grow.

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