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


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