Annie Pho is Team Lead for Research Assistance / Inquiry and Instruction Librarian at the University of California, Los Angeles. She earned her MLS from Indiana University – Purdue University of Indianapolis. In her role, she leads librarians as they offer and implement research assistance initiatives on campus and within the UCLA library system. She also has oversight of Powell Library’s peer-to-peer services, a group that includes undergraduate and MLIS who provide research help to library users. Ms. Pho also manages a student peer-writing and research help service for those who need assistance in first-year courses.
Complete the following sentence: “I am a librarian because….”
I love fostering student’s curiosity and learning about what they are researching. I feel like I learn something new every day, and that makes me feel engaged with the work that I do as a librarian.
Share a useful tool or application that you use in your work or non-work life.
I have been enjoying using Canva to make handouts and slides, as well as Slide Carnival, which provides free slide templates!
Describe a current project or idea that you’re working on or have recently completed.
Recently, a team of librarians at UCLA worked together to create a three-pronged approach to a student training curriculum for the students who provide research help at all of our locations. We wanted to ensure that all of the students received fundamental training which would ensure their success in their positions. We created online modules, weekly in-person training sessions, and student supervisors at the various locations also did localized training. Something on this scale had not previously existed, so it was really great to make sure all of the students had the same level of training despite being hired into different locations. I certainly learned a lot through this process!
Share a book that you’re currently reading, have recently read, or would like to read.
I’m currently reading The Leavers by Lisa Ko, which is about a young Chinese American man who was adopted at an early age by white parents and his search for identity and reconciliation. What I’d like to read next is White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo before ALA Midwinter where she is speaking as part of the ALA President’s program!
Finish this sentence: “One way the LIS profession can improve or progress is…”
To actively listen to the perspectives and narratives of librarians of color. In order to improve or make progress, we need to first understand what the issues are.