I am ACRL Member of the Week
Meet ACRL Member: Justin Fuhr
Describe yourself in three words
Dad, joker, music.
What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)?
As a notoriously slow reader, I’m slowly working my way through Maggie O’Farrell’s memoir, "I Am I Am I Am," and just finished Kathryn Schulz’s insightful memoir, "Lost & Found," about losing her father, but finding her lifelong partner. I’m also reading Elizabeth Hay’s "Late Nights on Air," about a remote radio station in Yellowknife. Hay says her novel is “about the romance of the disembodied voice;” I love that description, as a budding campus radio host myself.
Describe ACRL in three words
Opportunities & friendly colleagues.
What do you value about ACRL?
I love there’s different sections to ACRL, to have discussion and professional development to stay informed in your specific area. I also value the publishing options through ACRL. There’s always places to publish your work, such as College & Research Libraries. I also love writing for ACRLog, the blog for ACRL. I’m constantly inspired by reading the other contributors’ posts!
What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus?
My work as a science liaison librarian supports students and faculty with any research or teaching needs. Our library system also has functional roles, so I help in our research services department with research data management and researcher profiles.
In your own words
Academic librarianship is such a great field; it’s so varied, there’s something new every day. I love that alongside my professional duties, I can work on my own research and volunteer for the many associations out there. Whenever I get the chance, I let people know what the profession is like, and how much – dare I say – fun it is, and let students know about librarianship as a potential career. I’m glad I found my way here. One of the more gratifying parts of my job is working closely with students. It’s rewarding when you help someone solve their problem and they tell you how helpful you’ve been. It makes you feel like you’re making a difference.