Member of the Week: Stephen Francoeur

Stephen FrancoeurStephen Francoeur is Information Services Librarian at Brauch College in New York City. Stephen has been an ACRL member since 2000 and is your ACRL Member of the Week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Open to change.

2. What book are you currently reading? Right now I’m reading Yochai Benkler’s The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Essential, collegial, improving.

4. Why did you join ACRL? To be honest, my main motivation for joining was so I could get my own copies of C&RL News and College & Research Libraries, which make great reading on my subway commute.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? As much fun as it is to teach, to build a collection, to do reference, and to be a scholar, what really brings me the greatest reward is building friendships on campus through my daily responsibilities as a librarian. The thing I value second-most about academic librarianship would have to be working in an environment that challenges me intellectually on a regular basis. Trying to keep up with the research needs of students and faculty and trying to keep up with technology developments affecting librarianship is something that energizes me considerably.

6. In your own words: I am really excited to be a librarian right now. Although the past decade has seen an amazing explosion of electronic sources available online, efforts to build the kinds of discovery tools that our users want have lagged behind. I hope that I’ll be able to play a role in the decades ahead in developing tools that are informed by what we know about information literacy and info-seeking behaviors and undergirded by web 2.0 and web 3.0 technology.

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