Five Questions with Lily Pang (University of Florida)

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Xuan Lily Pang, University of Florida Libraries

1) Tell us about your work in your library? 

I am the Chair and an Associate University Librarian of Access and Resource Sharing at the University of Florida George A. Smathers libraries. I am the library liaison for UF distance teaching and learning. My role is to support the teaching and research goals of the University of Florida’s faculty, students, and staff by facilitating access to resources in circulating collections and through Inter Library Loan and document delivery services, print and electronic course reserves, and consortial resource sharing partnerships. In this role, I strive to lead the department to give library users access to the world of information in the most efficient and effective ways available.

2) What attracted you to this role? 

This role matches my passion for helping people and my professional goal to provide equitable and accessible information resources to all users.

3) How have you been involved with ASERL? 

I started to get involved with ASERL through participating in the Kudzu Interlibrary Loan project in 2019. I helped the ASERL program coordinator examine and review anomalies and inconsistencies in Interlibrary Loan data in resource sharing systems among ASERL libraries. I served on the ASERL and Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) Resource Sharing Tools Explorations Working Group. The group conducted a survey to explore tools and services that ASERL and WRLC could consider for improving joint resource sharing services. I was also a member of the search committee for the ASERL Program Coordinator for Shared Collection Resources position. And I attended the first ASERL’s BIPOC leadership development event in 2023, and I am serving on the newly formed ASERL Resource Sharing Committee.

4) What parts of your job/volunteering with ASERL do you find most rewarding? 

ASERL staff and my peers!  I have learned so much from some brilliant, forward thinking people I have met through my ASERL volunteering.  I have greatly benefitted from the shared knowledge and expertise.

5) What’s one great thing that most people don’t know about you? 

Sports and music are important parts of my life. I was a rhythmic gymnast with a major in engineering. Through training and competitions, I gained self-confidence, became a good team player and learned how to be more resilient. I wish to continue to learn and grow in my professional and personal lives.