Staff Profile: Selena Bryant

Who she is: Selena Bryant, user-engagement and inclusion librarian and Mann Library’s diversity fellow.

What she does: I have a multi-pronged role. My work includes reference, outreach, instruction, and research consultations, and I am a liaison for plant pathology.

I’ve done a lot of outreach to diversity-related centers and student groups around campus. I’m the co-chair of the Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging council, and I’m leading the Resource Acquisition and Creation sub-committee. I’m currently moving the science immersion workshop to Canvas, which includes instructional design and creating reusable digital learning objects.

Why it’s important: There are so many resources at Cornell University Library that students don’t know about or use. Making the library and librarians less intimidating to students is the first step to imparting information to them. The outreach I’ve done in diverse spaces is so that students see themselves reflected in our spaces, and I’ve focused on letting students know they can ask anything at the library. My work moving more content online will hopefully help make the library, and our resources, more accessible to students.

Where she’s from: I grew up in Akron and Columbus, Ohio.

Background: Pretty varied as I have always been curious about seeing, doing, and learning as many things as possible. During and after undergrad, I worked in libraries and the non-profit sector. I then moved on to work in education, which led to me teaching English in South Korea at a library. After that, I worked on farms in New Zealand, Turkey, and in the U.K. I also taught English in Colombia between this time and had a mix of administrative and service jobs. Most importantly, I’ve worked in public, academic, and special libraries in the U.S., South Korea, and the U.K. I summarize my experience as mostly education and agriculture with a sprinkling of  “Sure, I can do that” jobs.

Education: My undergrad is in sociology and international relations and diplomacy with a minor in Latin American history from the Ohio State University. I have a master’s in library science from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland.

How long at Cornell: A year and 3 months. 

Best part of her job: Research consultations, because I get to learn about really interesting research. The ability to assist with research and learn about so many things while helping people is what drew me to librarianship. I also love getting to work with great students, faculty, and librarians.

In her spare time: I love hiking. I’ve also recently learned how to knit and ski.