I have worked in libraries for the past twenty years. Most of my experience has been gained working at Curtin Memorial Library, a small academic library at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York. My library career started with a part time job in the Periodicals Department where I was responsible for checking in new journals using our very comprehensive Kardex, supervising work-study students, maintaining our holdings database which was created using a word processing package named FirstChoice and contacting vendors about missing issues. I worked my way up to a full-time clerk in which my greatest accomplishment was a full and complete inventory of the library’s collection, which led to the purchase of a new security system and was the impetus to the library making the leap to an OPAC. With a change of director the newly created position of copy-cataloger opened and my attention to detail, knowledge of the collection and ability with computers allowed me to further develop my growing library skills.
I was also given opportunities to develop my teaching skills, being was approached by the chair of the Computer Science Department to fill a last minute position as an adjunct instructor teaching a freshman level introduction to computers course, which I continued until my move to Denver in July 2004. I also taught non-credit courses for the college’s Center for Community and Educational Services and at Cornwall Public Library for patrons and staff.
I currently work in the Education Department of the University of Colorado Denver, Health Sciences Library, Anschutz Medical Campus, which focuses mainly on information access, education specific software, and database training of which software and media are under my direction. Since our move to the Anschutz Medical Campus I have been given more responsibilities involving the library’s role within the technology world. We are designing and equipping a Visualization Lab to work in collaboration with the University of Colorado Center for Human Simulation and the new Colorado School of Public Health. I also co-created and maintain the library’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
I have always enjoyed the positions I have held in libraries, I find the variety stimulating, and no two days are ever the same. The students, patrons, faculty, and staff make each day a learning experience, and I hope that by attaining my MLS I will be able to continue this learning process and continue to expand my information horizons. My background in technology, my leadership skills and my commitment to my profession make the MLS program an ideal vehicle for me to reach my goals. As a an early adopter of all things “techie” I hope I will be able to help lead others in the use of technology and contribute to the education needed as new technologies continue to emerge.