I am ACRL Member of the Week

Meet ACRL Member: Sara Benson

ABOUT

Sara Benson, LL.M., JD, MSLIS
Copyright Librarian & Assistant Professor
University of Illinois Library
Urbana Champaign, IL
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Describe yourself in three words

Ambitious, caring, vivacious.

What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)?

I'm reading "Where'd You Go, Bernadette" by Maria Semple, and it is hilarious.

Describe ACRL in three words

Connecting, network, colleagues.

What do you value about ACRL?

I really value the opportunity to collaborate with others during webinars and in person conferences. I co-chair the Copyright Discussion Group and we always have fascinating discussions about current copyright issues facing libraries during the ALA meetings. Come join us!

What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus?

I help librarians, faculty, staff, students and library patrons with copyright issues they face daily such as fair use, author's rights, teaching with copyrighted materials and more. The questions are rarely, if ever, the same and it is a fascinating job because I learn something new almost every single day.

In your own words

I truly value my work as a librarian because I get to help people at their point of need. I also enjoy my research where I get to collaborate with like-minded scholars, such as in my recent ACRL book titled "Copyright Conversations: Rights Literacy in a Digital World" where I was fortunate enough to edit the work of so many talented copyright librarians.