Featured Member: Michelle McLaughlin

MichelleMcLaughlinforCLSMichelle McLaughlin is Librarian at North Central Texas College in Corinth, TX. She has been a member of CLS for six years.

What are you reading or listening to today?
I am currently reading “A Night on the Moor & Other Tales of Dread” by R. Murray Gilchrist. Robert Murray Gilchrist was a brilliant gothic decadent author who was sorely overlooked in his day, and sadly continues to be. I’m also reading “Dictionaries: A Very Short Introduction” by Lynda Mugglestone and other books on corpus linguistics in preparation for a forthcoming concordance. As for music, I’ve been reliving my youth with Marilyn Manson and Burzum lately.

What’s the best part of your work day?
The best part of my work day is when I have the opportunity to work with a struggling student and demystify the research process for them. Watching these students grow, become more confident, and take pride in their work is such a joy. They become life-long library users, at our institution and others. It truly is the best part of my day when I am able to help our students blossom as scholars.

What are you most excited about right now (library-related or otherwise)?
I’m am extremely excited to host our first ever ALA International Games Day @ Your Library on November 21st. I am a passionate gamer, and I’ve been taking every opportunity I can to promote our event. I hope that it is well attended!

How has your membership in CLS helped you?:
I find the listserv to be the most beneficial aspect of CLS. Being at a small community college library, I don’t have many opportunities to attend conferences or to participate in professional development that requires a registration fee. The listserv is a wonderful resource.

Contact Michelle at mmclaughlin@nctc.edu

Featured Member: Jessica Kiebler

jessicaJessica Kiebler is Reference/Instruction Librarian at Berkeley College, New York, NY. She has been a member of CLS for one year.

What are you reading or listening to today?
“In Defense of Food” by Michael Pollan

What’s the best part of your work day?
Being creative in order to find ways to serve our students.

What are you most excited about right now (library-related or otherwise)?
The many possibilities for collaboration and exploration in my library as well as with other libraries. There is so much creative energy from librarians to improve services, instruction and outreach and it’s inspiring to be a part of it!

How has your membership in CLS helped you?
As a newer academic librarian, it’s been great to have the CLS resources as a way to stay current on what fellow academic librarians are doing in the field.

Contact Jessica at jessica-kiebler@berkeleycollege.edu or via LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessicakiebler

Featured Member: Cristy Moran

cristy_moran_Cristy Moran is Faculty Librarian at Broward College, North Campus Library, Coconut Creek, FL. She is a new member of CLS!

What are you reading or listening to today?
Listening to Star Talk podcast

What’s the best part of your work day?
When I get to deliver library instruction to a full class.

What are you most excited about right now (library-related or otherwise)? 
The start of my first Fall semester at Broward College.

How has your membership in CLS helped you?
The emails that go back and forth between my colleagues provide insight into the field at large – what our interests are, what best practices I can employ, what trends I should keep an eye out for, etc. It’s important for me to feel like there’s a community I can look to and be a part of.

Contact Cristy by email at cmoran@broward.edu and learn more about her via her LibGuide at http://libguides.broward.edu/prf.php?account_id=60398

Featured Member: Rick Provine

Rick ProvineRick Provine is Dean of Libraries at DePauw University,  Greencastle, IN. He has been a member of CLS for 15 years.

What are you reading or listening to today?
Listening to Lake Street Dive.  A great band that came out of the New England Conservatory.  Pop tunes with a jazz sensibility.  Looking forward to seeing them in October!

What’s the best part of your work day?
Those rare times when I really get to talk with students.  My job doesn’t always make room for that, so I really enjoy it when I get the chance.

What are you most excited about right now (library-related or otherwise)?
Each year, libraries all over the country celebrate Banned Books Week, to help ensure the freedom to read and the freedom of words and ideas.  This year is a special one.  I will be spending Banned Books Week (September 27-October 2) at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library (KVML) as part of their “Locked Up with Vonnegut” event to celebrate the week and honor Kurt Vonnegut’s commitment to the freedom to read and write.  There are an array of events during the week, including a book drive to collect banned books for the KVML.   It is exciting to have a librarian at the center of KCML’s events, and I look forward to a great week.

How has your membership in CLS helped you?
I had always worked in research universities before coming to DePauw.  It really helped with the transition, and understanding the differences.  I am now a complete convert to the liberal arts!

Contact Rick at provine@depauw.edu

 

Featured Member: Lisa Berry

lisaberryLisa Berry is  Assistant Director, Library Planning and Assessment, University of Houston-Downtown, Houston, TX.  She has been a member of CLS for 2 years.

What are you reading or listening to today? 
Spotify – Movie Soundtracks

What’s the best part of your work day?
Visiting the library coffee shop.

What are you most excited about right now (library-related or otherwise)?
Planning my wedding.

How has your membership in CLS helped you?
Great way to see what others are working on, and keeping up to date with what’s happening in  Academic Libraryland.

Contact Lisa at berryl@uhd.edu