Member of the Month

April Member of the Month

Suzanne Bernsten (she/her/hers) is the Chair of the CJCLS Communications Committee.   When she’s not busy making our section communications (including this blog, our other social media and our newsletter) work better, she’s the web services librarian at Lansing Community College Library, Lansing, Michigan. As web services librarian she “coordinates the library website, but also does instruction, reference, and liaisons with English and Science faculty. For the past two years, she has worked as a faculty fellow in the Center for Teaching Excellence. In that role, she teaches faculty development workshops and helps faculty create websites for their teaching and learning projects through our Open Learning Lab.”

Off the clock “I love being outdoors and enjoy hiking and taking photos of nature. I also enjoy gardening and my many houseplants. I play violin on Friday afternoons in a strings group and sometimes with our library string band.”

She’s been a CJCLS member for three years and has this to say about membership: “CJCLS has given me the opportunity to learn about what is happening at other community college libraries and to connect with librarians from across the country.”

We also ask our profiled members about the media they’re consuming. Suzanne recommends the book American Made: What Happens to People When Work Disappears by Farah Stockman.

We ask our profiled members what they like the most about being community college librarians.  The answers are always inspiring. Suzanne says,” I enjoy the variety of students I get to work with at a community college. It gives me the opportunity to continually learn new things. I also like collaborating with faculty through library instruction and liaison work. Our library is part of the Michigan Research Help Now chat collaborative and I love doing virtual reference. Last week on chat, I helped a student in Nigeria who was taking a class at a university in England. I find it rewarding to work with other librarians to serve students from around the world.”

If you have questions for Suzanne, you can reach her at

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