I am ALA

Meet ALA Member: Lavoris Martin


Lavoris Martin, MSLTEd, MSLS
Associate Librarian
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Pine Bluff, AR

What are you working on now that you’re excited about?

I am currently implementing the libraries printing system Pharos to our libraries’ copy machines. I am very excited because it is a project that has been discussed for many years and now it is being implemented.

What are you most proud of?

I am most proud of my career where I can advance our library technology, make the learning environment more user friendly and increase collaborative study.

How are you involved with ALA and/or what’s your favorite thing about being an ALA member?

I am a member of the ALA, the ALA Conference Committee Associate, NMRT, the FMRT, BCALA, and ACRL. Being an Associate for the ALA Conference Committee has been my favorite thing about being an ALA member. I am also a 2019 co-chair for the Film and Media Round Table (FMRT) Gala. The opportunity to serve, be a part of activities, attending ALA conferences, learn, and meet various authors, illustrators and other professional in the library field is a highlight of being a member.

Might your colleagues call you a change agent, and if so, why do you think that is?

I do believe my colleagues call me a change agent. I have used my knowledge of the tech world to both popularize UAPB’ Library and to develop a platform for educational training, including IT-related certifications, workshops, and webinars. I have also been instrumental in introducing the university learning management platform for training which has proven to be very fruitful. I am also a change agent because I am forward thinking, have the opportunity to have a finger on the pulse of technological trends and provides content that’s both useful and captivating for students, faculty and staff.

What are you currently reading/ listening to/ watching/ making?

I am currently painting and drawing. I am fascinated by lions and nature and have been creating paintings and drawings using various media to capture these images. I’ve also just started reading "No One Is Coming to Save Us" by Stephanie Powell Watts.