Featured Member: Carl Andrews

professor_carl_andrews_library_liaisonCarl Andrews is Reference & Instruction Librarian, Bronx Community College Library, CUNY, Bronx, NY. He has been a member of CLS for 2 years.

What are you reading or listening to today?
The One-Shot Library Instruction Survival Guide – ISBN: 9780838914861

What’s the best part of your work day?
When I am on the Reference Desk or when I am teaching First Year Experience students about the important role the library plays in their academic success.


What are you most excited about right now (library-related or otherwise)?
I will be presenting at the Learner Conference in Hawaii this summer. My research focuses on aligning secondary and higher education curricula to support college readiness. The project is called the Bronx Community College Library High School Collaborative.

How has your membership in CLS helped you?
My membership to CLS supports my professional development in the areas of pedagogy, library outreach and advocacy, and scholarly communication.

Learn more about Carl: http://bcc-cuny.libguides.com/c.php?g=442818

Contact Carl by email: carl.andrews@bcc.cuny.edu

Featured Member: Spencer Brayton

dsc_0004Spencer Brayton is Director of Lumpkin Learning Commons and Head Librarian, Blackburn College, Carlinville, IL. He has been a member of CLS for 2 years.

What are you reading or listening to today?
I am currently reading “A New Culture of Learning” by Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown. I am listening to Today in Digital Education (TIDE) podcast with Doug Belshaw and Dai Barnes.

What’s the best part of your work day?
Aside from supporting students, faculty and staff each day, I enjoy seeing how hard my student staff in the Learning Commons work. They provide great customer service and research support for the college and I am proud to observe this everyday.

What are you most excited about right now (library-related or otherwise)?
I am most excited about our ability to collaborate and teach from a critical pedagogy perspective. Both have allowed me to work with faculty and teach in new ways that are exciting. I have been able to revise a media and information literacy course and co-teach the class with a colleague and faculty member in communications, Natasha Casey. I am also excited about the emphasis on space design, which is crucial to developing new learning environments and promoting digital literacy.

How has your membership in CLS helped you?
It keeps me connected with colleagues across the country who share there important work in support of their fellow librarians. I believe it’s important to be open and share our work to promote knowledge, for the better of the profession and to learn from each other.

Spencer’s blog, Converging Spaces: https://spencerbrayton.wordpress.com/
Follow Spencer on Twitter: @brayton_spencer
Contact Spencer by email: brayton@uwalumni.com

Featured Member: Lindsay Davis

davis_lindsayLindsay Davis is Instruction Librarian at University of California, Merced, Merced, CA. She has been a member of CLS for 2 years and also is part of the Communications and Membership Committee of CLS!

What are you reading or listening to today?
I just finished the first Freakonomics book, so now I can start the second one.

What’s the best part of your work day?
The best part of my day is when I see that students are able to dig into searching databases after learning about strategies. It’s great to see them really understand the importance of keywords and utilizing the tools to get the most out of their searches.

What are you most excited about right now (library-related or otherwise)?
I’m still excited about the Silent Reading Party I recently hosted at my home. I had fallen out of the book-reading habit, and this helped me finish my 10th book this year.

How has your membership in CLS helped you?
I get a lot out of the listserv. I worked as a community college librarian for a few years, and now that I am at a university, the conversations around upper division courses and students have been increasingly important.

Lindsay’s blog: https://lindsayanndavis.wordpress.com/
Contact Lindsay by email: davis.lindsay.ann@gmail.com

Featured Member: Lusiella Fazzino

lucy-fazzinoLusiella (Lucy) Fazzino is Assistant Professor/ Scholarly Communnications Librarian at Gill Library, The College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY.  Lusiella has been a member of CLS for 2 years.

What are you reading or listening to today?
Emancipation by Prince.

What’s the best part of your work day?
Right after lunch. The hecticness of the morning and the email flurry has subsided and I can tackle my projects.

What are you most excited about right now (library related or otherwise)?
My colleagues and I jusy remixed an open information literacy text (by SUNY) to meet the needs of our students.

How has your membership in CLS helped you?
Staying abreast of library trends and connecting with colleagues.

Connect with Lucy via Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lusiellafazzino
Communicate with Lucy via email at lfazzino@cnr.edu

Featured Member: Becky Albitz

RebeccaAlbitz-HeadshotBecky Albitz is Director, James A. Cannavino Library, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY. She has been a member of CLS for 4 years.

What are you reading or listening to today?
I am almost finished with Lisa Unger’s Ink and Bone—an engaging thriller set in an area not unlike the part of the Hudson Valley where I recently moved. Next on my list is the newest installment in the Inspector Gamache series A Great Reckoning. Louise Penny is an amazing writer with a gift of creating a strong sense of place.

What’s the best part of your work day?
The best part of my day is early in the morning when I first get to work. The quiet allows me to plan my day and put everything into perspective.

What are you most excited about right now (library-related or otherwise)?
I am excited about every aspect of my new position—I’ve been at Marist about a month. The librarians and staff here are an amazing group of people who are truly committed to the students and the College. I also have the opportunity to meet new people and learn something interesting every day. What else could be more exciting! Oh, and I’m excited to read the new Louise Penny novel too!

How has your membership in CLS helped you?
Having worked primarily in large universities throughout my career, I was not as familiar with the college library environment. During the past four years, my membership in CLS has provided a group of colleagues who work in similar environments, face similar challenges, and are so willing to share their experiences. Discussing issues face-to-face at ALA–in meetings and discussion groups–and engaging via the collib-l listserv are how I have been able most effectively to leverage my CLS membership.

Contact Becky at: rebecca.albitz@marist.edu