Member of the Week: Sarah Faye Cohen

Sarah Faye CohenSarah Faye Cohen is Information Literacy Librarian at Champlain College in Burlington, VT. Sarah has been an ACRL member since 2004, blogs at The Sheck Spot, is on Twitter as @thesheck,  and is your ACRL member of the week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Exuberant. Curious. Caring.

2. What are you reading right now? I read a number of things at once, though certain things for certain times of the day. In the evening I am reading The Collector of Worlds: A Novel of Sir Richard Francis Burton by Iliya Troyanov. I have the most recent Atlantic Monthly in my bag for riding the bus to work and Seneca’s Letters from a Stoic.  My husband just gave my Merle’s Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog by Ted Kerasote for night time reading.  And I am reading some poetry by e.e. Cummings and Olav Hague. The most recently starred items in my RSS Reader are all from the Harvard Business Review blog.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Learn. Act. Community.

4. Why did you join ACRL? I joined because that was what I thought you were supposed to do: join the professional association most closely affiliated to your job.  The more interesting question is why did I stay?  I learn a great deal from the community of librarians at ACRL: how to attack challenges; how to build bridges; how to research; how to employ technology creatively; and most importantly, how to be a better librarian.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? Two things: first, the thrill. The thrill of helping people solve problems. The thrill of searching for information and sometimes finding answers. The thrill of the chase. Second, the community. Academic librarians are a creative bunch that are committed to shared success. It’s not about my library versus yours. It’s about libraries, academia, scholarship, students, and learning-for all of us. That’s an incredible community to be a part of.

6. In your own words: If I’m going to love my job, I have to learn something new everyday. Intentionality is a guiding force in my work. I pose a lot of questions because that is part of who I am and part of what makes me a librarian. Why do I do what I do? What do I want out of this class? What can I offer?  I’m interested in authenticity and intentionality in librarianship, in technology, and simply put, in life.

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  1. Rock it to the S, to the F, to the C !
    “What could be said about this hip cat except
    she is full of surprises, on the karaoke
    machine, in the kitchen, when you need
    a lift in place or in heart. A good friend,
    a strong will, and keen mind…and such
    style. whew.” There is no better model for a librarian.

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