Member of the Week: Rebecca Blakiston

Rebecca BlakistonRebecca Blakiston is Undergraduate Services Librarian at University of Arizona Libraries in Tucson. Rebecca has been an ACRL member since 2007, and is your ACRL member of the week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Forward-looking, enthusiastic, dedicated.

2. What are you currently reading or listening to on you iPod?I actually don’t have an iPod but have managed so far to stick with CDs of music I’ve downloaded. Lately I’ve been listening to some of the many wonderful Okkervil River albums, who played at Tucson’s historic Club Congress last Friday. It was fantastic! I’ve also been reading (in traditional paperback format) Vonnegut’s Breakfast of Champions for the first time. I saw it at a local thrift store and thought “there’s something I never got around to reading!” So far it’s been very entertaining.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Opportunities, networks, organization.

4. Why did you join ACRL? First entering the academic library world in 2003, I quickly learned the importance of ACRL for professional development. Attending the ACRL National Conference in Baltimore in 2007 was fantastic and inspired me to further pursue academic librarianship as a career. Obtaining my MLS later that year, I finally joined ACRL officially. I believe the potential for networking and professional development are huge and are what keep librarians as lifelong learners and educators.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I love finding answers, and find great satisfaction connecting researchers with the information they need. I also have a close connection with the students and enjoy being a part of their educational experience.

6. In your own words:Every day, we have the opportunity to connect with a library user and make a difference in their lives. We should be extremely proud of our work and satisfied in the jobs that we do, because we play such an important role in higher education.


Editor’s Note: Are you an ACRL member? Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Contact David Free at dfree{at}ala{dot}org for more information.

2 Comments

  1. Great comment “We should be extremely proud of our work and satisfied in the jobs that we do, because we play such an important role in higher education.” Thanks for reenergizing my enthusiasm!

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