Let’s shine the Member Spotlight on Shelby Stuart from Case Western Reserve University!
What is/are your role(s) in academic libraries?
I’m the Electronic Resources Librarian at Kelvin Smith Library, CWRU’s largest campus library. I primarily manage authentication and access to KSL’s many, many research databases, ebook collections, online journals, and streaming media. My other major responsibilities are shepherding e-resource licenses through our review and negotiation process as well as gathering and analyzing e-resource usage data.
What do you like most about academic library work?
Problem-solving is one of the most rewarding parts of my work. I especially enjoy working with users to get to the bottom of complex e-resource access problems. Though most of my job takes place behind the scenes, I still enjoy volunteering as a substitute for occasional reference shifts, which allows me to stay in touch with students, faculty, and staff outside the library while keeping my public service skills sharp! In my previous role supervising student employees here at KSL, I got to witness firsthand how remarkably driven CWRU students are. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy to know that I play a direct role in supporting their access to scholarship.
What are some interesting projects you’ve been involved with lately?
At the moment I’m collaborating with colleagues on several projects related to accessibility, from setting up the HathiTrust Accessible Text Request Service on our campus, to pulling together resources for a future accessibility webpage (shout out to my colleague Josie Cotton for spearheading this project!), to developing model accessibility language for our electronic resource licenses. I’m also looking forward to serving as CWRU’s representative on the new OhioLINK Accessibility Implementation Team once it gets started.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I care a lot about sustainable food systems! I was awarded an environmental sustainability scholarship to Kalamazoo College, where I started volunteering at the campus garden and was really inspired by all the urban farming initiatives happening in Detroit at that time. Since then I’ve volunteered for three different campus gardens, an urban farm, and a CSA program.
What do you love about being an ALAO member?
The ALAO community is so supportive and quick to help each other out. My favorite ALAO experience so far has been serving for two years on the Conference Planning Committee, who really stepped up in 2020 when it became clear that we’d have to cancel our in-person conference and move to a virtual format for the first time. It was a LOT of work, but also an amazing sense of accomplishment to pull that off.
—–Maureen Barry, Membership Chair, Bowling Green State University