Featured Member: Oscar Lanza-Galindo

oscarOscar Lanza-Galindo is Director, Donald B. Watt Library and Info Commons, SIT Graduate Institute, SIT Study Abroad, Brattleboro, VT. He has been a member of CLS for 2 years.

What are you reading or listening to today?
The Sixth Extinction (reading); Songza’s “Acoustic Version of Pop Songs” (listening)

What’s the best part of your work day?
Typically, the entire day…but specifically, getting pumped up about initiatives and projects that really help our patrons; then seeing them come to life.

What are you most excited about right now (library-related or otherwise)?
Taking my daughter camping for the first time.

How has your membership in CLS helped you?
Better question is how it hasn’t helped me? I learn something new, an approach/method/idea/etc., and have amazing colleagues there to support you or simply be a good listener.

Contact Oscar by email: Oscar.Lanzagalindo@sit.edu
Follow Oscar on Twitter at https://twitter.com/olanzagalindo or @olanzagalindo

 

 

 

Featured Member: Janice Kragness

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Janice Kragness is Associate Director for User Services (Access Services, Reference, and Instruction) at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN. She has been a member of CLS for at least 20 years!

What are you reading or listening to today?
Classical public radio.

What’s the best part of your work day?
Helping the user services staff shape initiatives to put us in front of our users.

What are you most excited about right now (library-related or otherwise)?
Designing a second-generation information commons.

How has your membership in CLS helped you?
The listserv is the most immediate, and valuable, community of practice that I have

Contact Janice by email: jlkragness@stthomas.edu

Featured Member: Erin T. Smith, Chair of CLS!

ErinSmith_headshotErin T. Smith is Associate Dean of Library and Information Services,  McGill Library, Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA. Erin has been a member of CLS for 12 years. She is the current chair of CLS!

What are you reading or listening to today?
Crucial Conversations by Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, and Switzler

What’s the best part of your work day?
Working with my incredible colleagues in the library to figure out how we can best serve our campus.

What are you most excited about right now (library-related or otherwise)?
We are installing a new technology-rich teaching and learning space in the library this summer. I can’t wait to see the shelving come down and the flexible seating move in!

How has your membership in CLS helped you?
CLS has been an extremely important part of my professional career. The librarians I have meet through CLS have inspired me, encouraged me, and (as a result) have made my library a better place.

Contact Erin via email: smithet@westminster.edu
Connect with Erin via Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/erin-smith/50/a83/493 

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Featured Member: Nancy Weiner

NweinerNancy Weiner is Assistant Director, Access & Information Services at Cheng Library, William Paterson University of New Jersey, Wayne, NJ. Nancy has been a member of CLS for 11 years.

What are you reading or listening to today?
E-Street Radio on Sirius XM . I’m a total Springsteen fanatic and that is the only station I listen to! I  just finished reading Stephen King’s Revival.

What’s the best part of your work day?
Being around students in the library. Midday and evening are my favorite times since that is when we are the busiest.

What are you most excited about right now (library-related or otherwise)?
As the current President as the ACRL-NJ Chapter, I am looking forward to our academic librarian’s conference in January  and the New Jersey Library Association Conference in April.

How has your membership in CLS helped you?
One of the first ACRL committees I served on was the CLS Clip Notes Committee which provided me with the opportunity to meet a number of great librarians at conferences. While I know there are usually more volunteers than slots on CLS Committees,  I would definitely encourage all CLS members to apply!

Contact Nancy at weinern@wpunj.edu

Featured member: Alison Scott Ricker

asr2009smallAlison Scott Ricker is Science Librarian at Oberlin College Science Center Library, Oberlin, OH. She has been a CLS member for 30 years!

What are you reading or listening to today?
The Last Beach by Orrin Pilkey

What’s the best part of your work day?
Any time I’m asked a question that requires some thought and sleuthing through scholarly sources, learning something new along the way.

What are you most excited about right now (library-related or otherwise)?
The ongoing transformation of scholarly communication, with new possibilities for open access research results that are thoroughly reviewed and made accessible to all.
How has your membership in CLS helped you?
In my earliest days as a college librarian, it was an effective way to meet peers, learn from others, and find meaningful ways to be involved in our professional association.

Contact Alison at aricker@oberlin.edu
See also: http://oberlinsciencelibrary.blogspot.com/

Featured member: Joyce V. Garczynski

Garczynski_Joyce 0003Joyce V. Garczynski is Communications and Development Librarian at Albert S. Cook Library, Towson University, Towson, MD. She has been a CLS member for seven years.

What are you reading or listening to today?    
Rethink What You “Know” About High-Achieving Women in Harvard Business Review

What’s the best part of your work day?  
I love being able to help a wide range of people, from a student struggling with SPSS to another academic librarian parent who is also trying to manag1185511_712833105398809_1937476367_ne work/life balance.

What are you most excited about right now (library-related or otherwise)?    
Professionally I am most excited about a supportive Facebook group that I started for academic librarian parents. Personally I am most excited about reading to my two-year-old twin girls and watching them learn language.

How has your membership in CLS helped you?
My membership in CLS has helped me connect with other librarians and keep up with what’s happening in the profession.

Contact Joyce at JGarczynski@towson.edu

Featured Member: Alexandra Hauser

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Alexandra Hauser is Instruction Librarian at Pilgrim Library, Defiance College, Defiance, OH.

What are you reading or listening to today?

I’m reading and doing research on embedded librarian programs to go along with the embedded librarian program we are implementing in one of the new core curriculum classes here at Defiance College.
What is the best part of your work day?
I really enjoy working with students, both helping them complete assignments but also learn new skills to use for coursework and hopefully the rest of their lives.
What are you most excited about right now (library-related or otherwise)?
I am very much looking forward to a new library outreach project I’m beginning this fall where I will provide reference and citation help one night a week in campus housing #reslifebrarian
How has your membership in CLS helped you?
I have gained valuable insights from reading discussions on the CLS listserv. I’m still learning as a librarian and seeing problems and issues others are having and how they are solving them is very beneficial.
E-mail me at: ahauser@defiance.edu
Follow me on Twitter: @alnhauser