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.

 

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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

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