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

Featured Member: Samantha Gust

samantha gustSamantha Gust is Head of Acquisitions at Niagara University Library, Niagara, NY. She is a newer member of CLS, having joined a year and a half ago. Welcome Samantha!

What are you reading or listening to today?
I’m reading a debut novel called “The Next” and am reviewing it for Library Journal. For music, I’ve been listening to Prince, Sloan, or whatever my iTunes on shuffle decides to surprise me with.

What’s the best part of your work day?
My job is diverse, so the best part of my work day could be quickly getting a book into a user’s hands through our Purchase on Demand service, solving an interlibrary loan citation puzzle, helping a student with a research question, or getting a database to work via EZ Proxy on the first try! Every day is different and provides me with various opportunities to assist our users and improve their library experience.

What are you most excited about right now (library-related or otherwise)?
I’m excited about the upcoming Buffalo Bills (football) and Buffalo Sabres (hockey) seasons. Is THIS our year? Just making the playoffs would be nice!🙂

How has your membership in CLS helped you?
I truly enjoy the “A Day in the Life of a CLS Member” feature and learning about my colleagues from college libraries around the country. {thanks Samantha!} And as many others have already said, the collib-l listserv is invaluable.

Contact Samantha at  gust@niagara.edu
Connect with her on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/samantha-gust-588aa7106

Featured Member: Michelle Twait

michelle-tenure2Michelle Twait is Associate Professor and Academic Librarian, Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN. She has been a member of CLS for almost 2 decades!

What are you reading or listening to today?
The stack next to my bed includes: The First Ladies of Running (by Amby Burfoot) and You Could Look It Up (by Jack Lynch).

What’s the best part of your work day?
The best part of any day is when I get to interact with students and discuss their research projects with them.

What are you most excited about right now (library-related or otherwise)?
It’s summertime and so I’m excited to have more time to relax and recharge. September will be here all too soon!

How has your membership in CLS helped you?
The topics covered in CLS publications and the conversations taking place on collib-l are always timely, relevant, and interesting.

Contact Michelle at mtwait@gustavus.edu