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Meet ALA Member: Tashia Munson

ABOUT

Tashia Munson, MLIS
Access Services and Outreach Librarian
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

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

Although I've been a member for several years, I am brand new to being involved with ALA committees. I am currently part of the Associates program and have been placed on an ALA committee so I am really excited to see the inner workings of how our committees get work done.

What are you most proud of?

I am most proud of attaining my MLIS. For a long time I avoided grad school under the (false) presumption that it was beyond my ability. I knew that this career was the one that I wanted, but allowed doubts about my place in the field, being able to financially support my goals stop me from trying. Once I did commit to the MLIS program I found a supportive community and the validation that I do belong in this field and that I am the kind of person that can attain a Master's degree. Now I am in a position to use my experience to help other students that feel 'othered' to know that they too can achieve what they want. Their path to attaining their goals may not look like anyone else's but all that matters is getting where they want to be.

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

This year I have been appointed to two committees. I am an Associate member of the Information Technology Advisory Committee (ITAC) and a board member for ACRL Choice. The things I like best about being an ALA member is the connections and information that we have access to. Everywhere you turn there are new opportunities to meet someone doing amazing work or learn something new.

How do you make change happen?

My way to make change is to listen and connect. People have always seemed comfortable telling me about the things going on with them or things they are excited or concerned about. When I start to hear similar stories or trends it makes it easier to see larger patterns. Sometimes it's as simple as connecting a person with a service they didn't realize existed, other times it's recognizing a trend that is affecting a larger population than just the people you see everyday.

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

I recently finished the 'Broken Earth' trilogy by N.K. Jemisin and was blown away by it. My to-read pile is threatening to avalanche soon so I plan to start 'The Power' by Naomi Alderman or 'Children of Blood and Bone' by Tomi Adeyemi before it's too late. My Netflix queue is 'Hilda' and the new seasons of Jessica Jones/Luke Cage/Iron Fist/DareDevil, while I wait (im)patiently for the new season of Steven Universe.