Meet Salma Abumeeiz, Research and Instruction Librarian

We recently welcomed Salma Abumeeiz to the UCLA Library as a research and instruction librarian, based in Powell Library. In order to introduce you to our newest team member, we asked Salma a few questions about coming to UCLA.Salma Abumeeiz

What goals/hopes do you have for this year as our new research and instruction librarian?
My hope is to pursue opportunities that will allow me to engage with members of the UCLA community. It is a goal of mine to understand the dynamic research and information needs of students, faculty, and staff, to identify how I can best support their learning and research needs. I also plan to participate in online teaching and learning programs and services, in collaboration with Library colleagues and campus teams. Additionally, I look forward to contributing to educational and research initiatives such as the Cluster Program and Writing Instruction + Research Education (WI+RE).

How has your prior experience prepared you for this role at the UCLA Library?
I see myself as a researcher in addition to a librarian, and believe this will help me serve learners as they approach their projects and research questions. In addition to actively participating in research initiatives during my MLIS degree at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, I also hold a BA and MA in History from the University of Windsor. Throughout my BA and MA, I participated in research conferences, projects, and internships that allowed me to obtain an in-depth understanding of the information needs of researchers, particularly at the undergraduate level. I am eager to share the same support that was extended to me during my academic career, and also learn from the dynamic UCLA community!

What things will you be tackling first?
I look forward to building relationships with students, faculty, and staff, to understand how I can best support their learning needs. I am also eager to apply and extend my existing knowledge of learner-centered design, online learning, and critical pedagogy through the exciting projects and initiatives happening here at the UCLA Library. I also want to develop creative methods for asserting the Library as a welcoming, supportive environment to help reduce library anxiety among students.

What are you currently reading/watching/listening to? or What do you like to do outside of work?
During my MA, I specialized in Middle East diaspora history, so I tend to engage with materials related to that subject area. I am currently reading a graphic novel called Aivali: A Story of Greeks and Turks in 1922, and I also listen to the Ottoman History Podcast.

Outside of work, I enjoy photography, video games, and re-watching The Office (currently re-watching for the seventh time). 

We are delighted to have Salma working in the UCLA Library. You can contact her at salmabumeeiz@library.ucla.edu.