Welcome Ikumi Crocoll, Clark Library’s Instruction and Engagement Librarian

Please join us in welcoming Ikumi Crocoll to UCLA as Instruction and Engagement Librarian at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.

We asked Ikumi a few questions about herself and her professional aspirations.Ikumi Crocoll smiling selfie in dark top

What goals do you have for this year as the Clark Library’s new Instruction and Engagement Librarian?

I want to learn as much as possible about the Clark’s collections to more effectively teach and brainstorm with new audiences. Because this is a new position, I also plan to establish policies and procedures to shape, more formally, our instruction and outreach program and to reassess the functionality of our instructional spaces. All the while, I am looking forward to connecting with other staff, faculty, students and the general public at UCLA, locally, regionally and beyond because this is simply a pleasure and since it may allow for some exciting collaborations in the future!

How has your prior experience prepared you for this role at UCLA?

I have worked with various special collections in the past, and some had similar materials to the collections at the Clark. At the Newberry Library in Chicago, in addition to reference, I coordinated and led instruction sessions, which is directly relevant to the position at the Clark. Moreover, because my previous two positions were at independent research libraries that were open to the general public, I am used to and interested in serving a wide range of researchers and visitors, something that I am hopeful will help when doing outreach in my current position.

What projects will you be tackling first?

In addition to familiarizing myself with various facets of the Clark, I am preparing for in-person and virtual instruction sessions. I am also working on a form for group-visit requests and the group-visit webpage for our site, reassessing our instructional spaces and giving attention to how to improve the library’s accessibility. Finally, while still in the very beginning stages, some of my colleagues and I are creating a virtual introduction to the library for the Clark website.

What are you currently reading/watching/listening to? and/or What do you like to do outside of work?

I am currently reading Richard Ellman’s biography of Oscar Wilde; while it is relevant to the Clark’s collections, I enjoy 19th-century British (and American) literature, so this is also personally interesting to me. I have been watching a fair amount of British TV and eagerly awaiting each new episode of Great British Bake-Off. Having recently been gifted a subscription to Millennium of Music, a program featuring European early (pre-Baroque) music, I am often listening to episodes of it in the evening.

We are delighted to have Ikumi at UCLA.  You can contact her at icrocoll@humnet.ucla.edu.