Featured Member: Raymond Pun

Raymond Pun is First Year Student Success Librarian, Henry Madden Library, California State University, Fresno, Fresno, CA. He has been a member of CLS for 5+ years.

Share your CLS experiences. Which committees have your served on? Have you ever attended a Friday Nite Feast? Tell us about CLS programs you’ve attended at ACRL or ALA.
Unfortunately, I haven’t served on any committees (yet) ! But hopefully in the future. I’ve attended an event or two in the past at ALA Annual but would like to stay connected somehow.

Favorite author(s)? Any recent books you enjoyed?
A book I read recently “The War on Normal People: The Truth About America’s Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future” by Andrew Yang – Covers different perspectives of universal basic income to economic inequality to automation from a venture capitalist. I enjoy Kristin Wong’s writing on personal finance and her new book “Get Money: Live The Life You Want, Not Just The Life You Can Afford.”

Most amazing library you have ever seen?
In Bukhara, Uzbekistan, there are many sites that were once libraries during the Silk Road period (114 BCE to 1450s CE). They are all pretty fascinating.

How do you keep current with LIS, technology, pedagogy, and other professionally-related topics? What are your favorite journals, listservs, Twitter handles, blogs, journals, and other sources?
Everything! RSS feeds for journals work really well, reviewing Library Journal/American Libraries; reading and participating in social media conversations like Twitter Chats; looking up conference programs (even the ones I don’t attend) can give me plenty of food for thought. Librarian Aaron Tay’s blog on Musings about librarianship can generate a lot of interesting discussions too: http://musingsaboutlibrarianship.blogspot.com/

What tools or software application amazes you or made a huge difference in your work and why?
That changes every year, actually. First it was Prezi in 2013, and then Bepress, Historypin, Omeka, Tableau, etc. I am generally amazed at how these tools and applications can be adapted into library context. Currently I am exploring at Suma from NC State University Libraries, an open source “tablet-based toolkit for collecting, managing, and analyzing data about the usage of physical spaces.” It’s definitely worth investigating!

Have you learned a new skill recently? If so, tell us more!
I taught a one-shot recently, and the class focused on social media. This isn’t really a new skill but something interesting and related: the students were learning how to cite social media sources in APA. These social media sources included SnapChat, Instagram, Periscope, Twitter, etc. It was very interesting to delve into this matter, and show them that anything that gets put out there can be cited and used as an evidence for research and discovery. I thought that was fascinating point to share with students.

Additional contact info. including website, Twitter handle, LinkedIn profile
Contact Ray by email: 
raypun@csufresno.edu
Follow Ray on Twitter: @raypun101

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Featured Member: Samantha Thompson-Franklin

Samantha Thompson-Franklin is Acquisitions and Collections Development Librarian, Lewis-Clark State College Library, Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston, ID. She has been a member of CLS for approximately 10 years. 

Share your CLS experiences. Which committees have your served on? Have you ever attended a Friday Nite Feast? Tell us about CLS programs you’ve attended at ACRL or ALA.
I have served on the Membership and Communications and Professional Development Committees and I am a currently a member of the CLIPP Committee. I attended Friday Nite Feasts several years ago at the 2006 and 2008 Annual Conferences and enjoyed meeting various CLS library luminaries. My most memorable conference attendance was ACRL 2015 in Portland.

Favorite author(s)? Any recent books you enjoyed?
I am currently listening to “The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women” by Kate Moore. It’s a true story about an amazing group of women in the 1920s who came together to right the wrong that was done to them. A wonderful example from history of strength, courage, and perseverance.

Most amazing library you have ever seen?
Seattle Public is my most favorite library. The architecture is stunning and different.

How do you keep current with LIS, technology, pedagogy, and other professionally-related topics? What are your favorite journals, listservs, Twitter handles, blogs, journals, and other sources?
I enjoy keeping up on COLLIB-L,  and reading American Libraries, and College & Research Libraries News.

Have you learned a new skill recently? If so, tell us more!
I am on a statewide leadership advisory committee and I have been learning a lot about what it means to be a leader. It’s been a very eye-opening experience.

Connect with Samantha on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/samantha-thompson-franklin-a4964511/
Contact Samantha by email: sfranklin@lcsc.edu

Featured Member: Jennifer Steinford

Jennifer Steinford is Dean of Library, CSU Online Library, Columbia Southern University, Orange Beach, AL. She has been a member of CLS for 2 years.

Share your CLS experiences. Which committees have your served on? Have you ever attended a Friday Nite Feast? Tell us about CLS programs you’ve attended at ACRL or ALA.
I serve on the CLIPP Committee.

Favorite author(s)?
Kate Chopin.

Any recent books you enjoyed?
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.

Most amazing library you have ever seen?
I have been fortunate to see many remarkable libraries. The St. Louis Public Central Library was breathtaking and the Library of Celsus in Ephesus, even in ruins was astounding to see.

How do you keep current with LIS, technology, pedagogy, and other professionally-related topics? What are your favorite journals, listservs, Twitter handles, blogs, journals, and other sources?
ACRL New  Director Listserv, DLS Group Listserv, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Inside Higher Ed.

What tools  or software application amazes you or made a huge difference in your work and why?
24/7 Ask A Librarian chat has made a big difference to our student body. We have students worldwide and the 24/7 access provides the support they need, when they need it.

Have you learned a new skill recently? If so, tell us more!
Strategic planning is not a new skill, but one that continues to grow and evolve.

Connect with Jennifer on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-steinford-2396b282/
Contact Jennifer by email: Jennifer.Steinford@columbiasouthern.edu

Featured Member: Meggan Houlihan

Meggan Houlihan is Arts Librarian, Coordinator of Library Instruction and Student Programs, NYUAD Library, New York University Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.  She has been a member of CLS for 1 1/2 years.

Share your CLS experiences. Which committees have your served on? Have you ever attended a Friday Nite Feast? Tell us about CLS programs you’ve attended at ACRL or ALA.
I’ve truly enjoyed all of the CLS programs that I have attended at ALA and ACRL, and I look forward to the upcoming program at ALA 2018. I think the best part about CLS programming is the ability of the planning committees to identify critical topics in our field, select innovative presenters, and create an open discussion amongst librarians from diverse backgrounds.

Favorite author(s)? Any recent books you enjoyed?
I’m currently reading “A Column of Fire,” by Ken Follett. I’ve really enjoyed Follett’s other books, and I think this is the perfect book to kick off my maternity leave. I hope our daughter enjoys it as much as I know I will!

Most amazing library you have ever seen?
This is a really tough question. I’ve been extremely lucky to have visited some of the most beautiful and historic libraries in the world. If I had to pick one memorable library visit, I would have to say my visit to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina with my best friend from library school and fellow CLS member, Chelsea Hanrahan, was simply amazing. To see where libraries first started was pretty incredible.

How do you keep current with LIS, technology, pedagogy, and other professionally-related topics? What are your favorite journals, listservs, Twitter handles, blogs, journals, and other sources?
Call me old fashioned, but I read a lot. A lot of my colleagues tell me get on Twitter for PD purposes, but I still appreciate reading print and electronic journals when they are released. I always read College & Research Libraries, Communications in Information Literacy, Journal of Academic Librarianship, etc. I also follow the ACRL blog, which is really helpful for getting updates about what is happening in academic librarianship.

Contact Meggan by email: mah23@nyu.edu

Featured Member: Ernesto Hernandez Jr.

Ernesto Hernandez Jr. is Instruction & Reference Librarian, Stewart Library, Weber State University, Ogden, UT. He has been a member of CLS for 2 years.

Favorite Author: Malcolm Gladwell.

Recent Books: Currently reading, The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy by Maggie Berg and Barbara K. Seeber.

Most amazing library you have ever seen: George Peabody Library, in Baltimore, MD., during the 2017 ACRL Conference Chair Reception.

How do you keep current with LIS, technology, pedagogy, and other professionally-related topics? What are your favorite journals, listservs, Twitter handles, blogs, journals, and other sources? I subscribe to a few listservs such as EBSS, ILI, and ACRLFRAME. I also like to reference a couple of instruction related websites such as projectcora.org and primodb.org.

What tools or software application amazes you or made a huge difference in your work and why: I currently teach two full-semester Information Literacy courses and use Canvas as our LMS. The features in Canvas easily allow me to grade, edit, and comment on assignment submissions. I especially like the SpeedGrader option.  I also like to use Kahoot (Kahoot.com) for exam/quiz reviews in class.

Additional Contact Info:

Twitter: @nestohernandez2

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/ehernandezjr

Contact Ernesto by email: ernestohernandez@weber.edu