Describe yourself in three words

Kind, thoughtful, supportive.

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

I’m currently reading "Disability Visibility" by Alice Wong with a book group on campus. I also just finished listening to "Love in Color" by Bolu Babalola and would highly recommend it. Bolu’s book is a collection of myth and folktale retellings from around the world and her writing is incredibly immersive and beautiful.

Describe ACRL in three words:

Growth-filled, encouraging, affirming.

What do you value about ACRL?

I’m grateful for the knowledge and opportunities ACRL continues to share with me as an emerging librarian. Since my time in library school, I have regularly sought out and learned from ACRL resources, be that the standards and frameworks, ACRL-Choice webinars, or listserv conversations. I am currently involved in the ACRL Instruction Section Mentoring Program and have found so much value in my partner librarian’s mentorship, the exchange of ideas, and the sharing of instruction experience.

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

I spend most of my time teaching information literacy skills to classes or meeting with students to talk about their research. I love that each day is different and I’m so impressed with students’ drive and curiosity. As an academic librarian, I am passionate about reducing barriers to access for students and creating a welcome and inclusive space for all, and do my best to reflect that in my approach to teaching and reference. I also serve on a number of committees, including the library’s outreach committee and IDE committee.

In your own words

Despite working in my college library as an undergraduate student, I never took advantage of the librarians, always feeling too intimidated or nervous to ask for help. Being on the other side of that now, I hope to lower the barriers to access and create a space where students feel comfortable and empowered to seek out help. As an early librarian, I feel excited and invigorated by the field of academic librarianship and I look forward to all the growth in the years to come!


Title:Reference and Instruction Librarian for Languages and Cultures

Workplace:Carleton College

Location:Northfield, MN