This month’s member’s spotlight features Jennifer Cox. She is the Supervising Librarian at The Art Institute of Portland. Jennifer is our next vice chair (2016-2017)/chair elect (2017-2018) of the Arts Section.
Tell us what type of library do you work in?
Art and Design College
How long have you been a member of ACRL/Arts Section?
Describe your position and what you like best about it.
My position is a little of everything and I enjoy that. The best part of my job is connecting with students whether that is in the classroom for information literacy instruction or meeting with students one-on-one to assist them with projects or papers.
What are you reading or what is the latest exhibition you have seen?
We have regular gallery openings on the ‘First Thursday’ of every month in Portland. After going to our in-house student or faculty exhibit, I regularly explore other local installations. This helps me keep apprised of local trends as well as visiting artists. It’s a great way to connect with our students and to find niche titles to further the depth in our collection.
Tell us about the arts related activities you are involved in outside of librarianship.
I’m a big supporter of the robust Portland art community. Keeping up with up students and faculty projects keeps me current in the trends and activities of our community. Personally I am a classically trained singer so I’m always looking for new projects or groups to be apart of; singing is a wonderful stress reliever.
Describe your vision for ACRL/Arts Section in three words.
Responsive, Collaborative, Forward-thinking