v26 #5 Profiles Encouraged: Jessica Bowdoin

Head, Access Services
George Mason University Libraries, Fairfax, VA  22030
<jbowdoin@gmu.edu>

Born & lived:  Born right outside of Philadelphia, PA.  Have lived in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Illinois, and North Carolina.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  I have worked as a reference librarian, distance education librarian, collection development librarian, interlibrary loan librarian, and most recently as an Access Services librarian, during my career.

IN MY SPARE TIME:  I like to garden.

FAVORITE BOOKS:  Cookbooks.

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  I see academic libraries moving increasingly toward utilizing library staff to provide basic, core library services and to keep buildings open longer to provide students with study spaces, while reference librarians realign their work into niche research services. Libraries will continue to purchase more digital resources, which will result in fewer unique collections, while at the same time researchers will continue to demand access to increasingly scarce “unique” or current items.

 

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