I decided to pursue librarianship after working for a few years as an editor for Prentice Hall; I edited college-level biology and chemistry textbooks. I loved the idea that my work was facilitating the learning process for college students, but in my office in Boston, I felt very far removed from the students I was trying to help. I knew I wanted a career in academia, but with two very different majors as an undergrad and a wide variety of interests beyond those, I knew I would be unhappy focusing solely on one aspect of one subject, as one must in a PhD program. Academic librarianship is a perfect fit for me; my broad interests and knowledge are an asset to me when I help students at the reference desk, and I learn new things on a daily basis!
As Reference Coordinator, I manage the little details of our reference service - like creating our schedule - but I also get to explore ways in which we might best help and reach students. I love learning about and implementing new technology, such as the chat reference box now found on the library homepage. I'm looking forward to the next year or two, as the library integrates into the new Center for Student Life; the changes have already inspired us to reconsider our strategic plan, and I'm excited to keep seeking ways to maintain the library's vital place in the academic and social lives of students.
- B.A., Augustana College
- M.A., University of Iowa