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

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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

New Name, New Questions, and a New Face

Our new name is CLS Member Spotlight!  We’ve revamped and rebranded A Day in the Life of a CLS Member with new questions.

Thinking of profiling yourself? You now have full flexibility to choose from a broad array of questions. We also are happy to share that Nathaniel King, my fellow CLS Communications and Membership Committee member, is now also working on the CLS Member Spotlight.

We’re seeking featured members and would love to feature you as our next CLS member! The site aims to:

  • Introduce CLS members to one another and encourage professional connections.
  • Highlight the positive experiences and professional development that comes from CLS membership.
  • Showcase the diversity and enthusiasm of CLS members.

Your feature would include a photo and answers to several short questions. We invite you to review the list of questions in the nomination form. We look forward to hearing from you! ~Monica Berger (NYC College of Technology, City University of New York) and Nathaniel King (Nevada State College), on behalf of the College Library Section Communications and Membership Committee of the Association of College and Research Libraries.

 

Featured Member: Mary Francis

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Mary Francis is Reference Instruction Librarian, Karl E. Mundt Library, Dakota State University, Madison, South Dakota. She has been a member of CLS for 7 years.

What are you reading or listening to today?
A selection of short stories by Ray Bradbury.

What’s the best part of your work day?
Having students tell me they learned something at the end of an instruction session.

What are you most excited about right now (library-related or otherwise)?
Putting the students first when planning new library services and spaces.

How has your membership in CLS helped you?
I have been a part of some great committees like the CLIPP Committee doing work to help the field and meeting wonderful people from around the country.

Contact Mary by email: mary.francis@dsu.edu