Submitted by Alia Spencer; edited by JJ Pionke
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Institution: Palm Beach State College, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Title: Instructional Librarian
Brief description of responsibilities
Information literacy instruction, collection development, reference assistance, and student development.
Why is MLA important to you?
Because it provides a space and support to develop advanced information literacy skills to improve health equity in my community.
Why did you become a librarian?
I was looking for a career that combined my background in community development, literacy, and health. My mentor encouraged me to become a medical librarian.
What was your first library job or first professional position?
As an academic librarian.
What is your advice to someone taking on a new role in leadership in MLA or in some other capacity?
Do things that matter, and you’ll always go the extra mile.
What has been the most interesting project you have worked on?
Helping public libraries and corrections agencies realize their shared goals and populations.
What do you consider to be the most pressing issues or trends in librarianship?
Travel throughout Africa with my family.
What do you do in your spare time?
What is the best thing you’ve read/watched/listened to recently?
A documentary on Fannie Lou Hamer.
What are you most proud of?
My work with senior citizens with multiple chronic conditions and previously incarcerated individuals in my community.