Member of the Week: Rachel Slough

Rachel SloughRachel Slough is Graduate Assistant to Teaching and Learning (Wells Library) and MLS candidate at the Indiana University School of Library and Information Science in Bloomington, IN. Rachel has been an ACRL member since 2008 and is your ACRL member of the week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Enthusiastic, dedicated, inquisitive.

2. What are you reading right now? For pleasure, A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg, and to balance it out with professional reading, Classroom Assessment Techniques by Angelo and Cross.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Informative, collegial, inclusive.

4. Why did you join ACRL? I was advised to join ALA as soon as I started library school. When I realized my interests were leaning toward academic librarianship, I decided to join ACRL. As an incoming professional, I want to be part of a community of academic librarians and to better understand the issues of academic librarianship from a variety of perspectives. I look forward to continued involvement with ACRL throughout my professional career.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? Librarianship requires constant learning and adopting changes. I love being part of a field that is rooted in teaching, learning, continual questioning, and exploration. I also treasure the chance to work with university students. They’re at such an interesting juncture in their lives, and the library is in a unique position to serve them in a variety of ways.

6. In your own words: Academic librarianship offers tremendous variety within teaching, research, and service. I am so excited about the potential within our field–both for librarianship and for the communities we serve.

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