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Information Services Librarian
I grew up and went to college in Ohio, and have lived in Memphis, Pittsburgh, Bologna and Lancaster. I've worked as a librarian at Carnegie Mellon University, Johns Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies, and Franklin and Marshall.
Degrees and Education
M.L.S. - Kent State University, 1996
M.A. - University of Memphis, Philosophy, 1995
B.A. - Hiram College, English and Philosophy, 1990
I became interested in library work when I was hired as a Reference Assistant at the University of Memphis. A librarian there convinced me that I could make a career of it, and here we are. I'm interested now in how we introduce students to academic research. Students of all levels and ability have grown up using the Web, and making and understanding the leap from that to more scholarly work is an educational effort for all involved. Other interests currently include what we do with library spaces and environments, mobile and other technologies, virtual and international trends in libraries, and the future of our profession.
What I Do At Work
As Information Services Librarian, I coordinate and oversee the Library's reference services, including all electronic databases and various methods of research assistance, from the traditional desk to text/instant messaging, along with circulation services. I act as the library's liaison to Philosophy, Psychology and the programs in Biological Foundations of Behavior (BFB), Scientific and Philosophical Studies of the Mind (SPM), and Science, Technology and Society (STS). I'm also involved in changing and updating parts of our library, managing the electronic and print reference collection, working with GoPrint, LibQual and MISO, and teaching library instruction classes.
From July 2009-June 1012, I served a term as Deputy College Librarian, managing the Library's marketing efforts, ensuring administrative coverage in the absence of the College Librarian, and working on special or short term projects as assigned.
From April-November 2010, I also acted as the interim Science Librarian,
managing staff and services in the Martin Library of the Sciences until
the search to fill that position was completed.
Conferences/Organizations: Apart from regular attendance and participation in ALA and ACRL conferences, including acting as co-chair of ACRL's 2011 Virtual Conference and of Contributed Papers for ACRL 2013, my most recent presentation was as part of a College Libraries Section panel on the future of reference services, at ALA Annual in 2012. Another recent talk was "From Instant Messaging to Outreach: the Development, Use and Effects of Virtual Reference in the College Library Environment" at the Libraries in the Digital Age conference in Croatia. I also served two recent terms on the editorial board of College and Research Libraries News.
Publications: I've published articles and book chapters on reference work, the most recent being "An Exploration of the Hybrid Reference Service Model: Keeping What Works" co-authored with Marie Radford, in Reference Reborn, published by Libraries Unlimited in December 2010.
Teaching: Along with many library instruction sessions each semester, I taught a Moral
Philosophy class for three years in the Clemente Course in
the Humanities, a program designed to offer adults who haven't had
educational opportunities the experience of taking college classes.