Why I'm a Librarian

I chose to become a librarian because I really enjoy the research process. When I was studying history at the graduate level, I most enjoyed searching for, locating and evaluating primary and secondary sources. In fact, there were times where I assisted classmates in locating resources for their projects. You might say that these peer interactions represented my first reference transactions. My decision to attend library school was a reflection of this love of the information seeking aspect of the research process. After transitioning to librarianship, my entire professional career has been focused on this desire to help people navigate the ever-expanding information landscape. If in the past an academic librarian's job was primarily to act as a gatekeeper who provided access to scarce information resources, it is now centered on teaching students, faculty and other library patrons to locate and evaluate the vast amounts of information of varying quality available both online and in the libraries' physical collections.

What I do

My formal liaison areas are Educational Leadership, Family Studies and Social Work, Knesiology and Health, Sociology and Gerontology. Besides building and maintaining the collections in these areas, I provide information literacy instruction for students enrolled in courses within these departments. Additionally, I have input into the libraries' expanding gaming collection. I am also involved in the development of the university's institutional repository. Recently, I have been working on developing library services for students in online courses.

My research interests include user attitudes towards new technologies in libraries, adoption of institutional repositories, and the use of social media technologies in the college classroom. I am also interested in library instruction for online students who will never attend a class on campus.