ATG Star of the Week: Regina Gong, Head of Technical Services & Systems, Lansing Community College Library

Regina Gong

Title: Head of Technical Services & Systems

Organization: Lansing Community College Library

Address: 2nd Floor TLC Building, Lansing, MI 48933

Phone: 517-483-1663
Email: gongr1@lcc.edu
Website: http://www.lcc.edu/library/

Born and Lived: I was born and raised in the Philippines. I moved to the U.S. in 2000 and I’m now living in Okemos, Michigan. It’s a small and quiet town adjacent to East Lansing, which is home to Michigan State University.

Professional Career and Activities: I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Library Science from the University of the Philippines. I took my MLIS at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. I have been a librarian in the Philippines for 10 years in various capacities–cataloger, reference librarian, serials and acquisitions head, and systems librarian. I moved here in the U.S. and worked for Innovative Interfaces Incorporated as systems librarian in the Customer Services Department. I’m now working at Lansing Community College as Head of Technical Services and Systems.

I’m strongly committed to research and scholarship and as a new academic librarian, I have been making strides towards that goal. I’m a regular book reviewer for the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship (JERL) and have done a number of presentations in our state library associations. I will have my first national conference presentation at the ACRL Conference in April 2013. In addition, I co-authored a chapter for the book on “Robots in Libraries: Advances in Automation” due to be published before the end of 2012.

Family: My husband works at Michigan State University as Head of Library Systems and Catalog Coordinator. We met while working at Innovative Interfaces. I have 2 kids– a 10 year old daughter and a 8 ½ year old son who both want to be an entomologist when they grow up.

In My Spare Time: I like to cook a lot. My family and friends think I’m fabulous cook. It’s an outlet for me and a form of relaxation. I take pictures of food I cook and eat from our travels but have not quite gotten into posting them in Pinterest yet.  I also like to read books and play with my kids.

Favorite Books: Too many to mention but right now I really like the books of Carlos Ruiz-Zafon (Shadow of the Wind, Angel’s Game and his latest Prisoner of Heaven) and Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl.”  I’m going to admit that “50 Shades of Grey” was my very guilty pleasure (or displeasure for the way it was poorly written). Mostly I just want to find out what the buzz about this book was about.

Pet Peeves: Not following through and not doing your best when you know you can do it.

Philosophy: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Most Memorable Career Achievement: Having been chosen as one of the ARL-CEP (Association of Research Libraries-Career Enhancement Program) Fellow in 2009. I was among 18 individuals across the U.S. and Canada who was selected for this pilot program from ARL. It helped me a lot because as a minority in the profession, we need this “jumpstart” in our career. It gave me the chance to work at the University of Arizona as a summer intern and learn about the unique structure of an ARL library and the faculty tenure process academic librarians have to go through.

I’m also proud of the fact that my first academic librarian job is being the Head of Technical Services and Systems here at LCC. I guess my past library and vendor experience, helped me bag this position.

Goal I Hope to Achieve Five Years from Now: I hope to take the LCC Library as a leading community college here in Michigan not only in terms of collections and services but as a pioneer in technology innovation. In the long-term, I hope to work for a bigger academic library as the first Filipino library director.

How/Where I See the Industry in Five Years: Libraries especially those with smaller budgets will increasingly move away from ownership to just providing access through subscriptions. E-books will overtake the traditional print collection as libraries strive to provide 24/7 access to electronic materials. Hopefully, e-books will come in a format that can be accessible in all devices (whether it is an e-reader or mobile) and downloaded in one easy step not like it is today.

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