Name Christine Ross
Title Scholarly Communications Librarian
Organization University of Florida
Address P.O. Box 117000, Gainesville, FL 32605
Born and lived Born in suburbs of Chicago but lived all over Illinois, from a small rural community to downtown Chicago to Southern Illinois until moving to Florida in 2011
Early life An ordinary life, really. Always knew I’d be a librarian someday. When I was a child, I made check-out cards for all my books and designed library cards for my stuffed animals. I worked in libraries as a student clerk from High School through College, yet I ended up going to Law School before eventually going to Library School.
Professional career After law school, briefly practiced law before going to work (from home) for Lexis Nexis for several years as a writer/editor. During this time went back to school to earn Masters in Library Science. While continuing to work from home for Lexis, sought out first professional library job and ended up working part time in a hospital library as a e-resources librarian. From there, joined library staff of a large law firm as a Senior Law Librarian and during this time acquire an interest in intellectual property law. A couple years later moved into academic librarianship, specifically collection development and copyright management. Decided that I wanted to concentrate solely on scholarly communications and copyright and happily accepted a position doing just that this spring at University of Florida.
Family When I moved to Florida, I left the little family I have in Illinois. My daughter Hayley, my partner William, and my cat Pepper moved to Florida with me, of course.
In my spare time Try to read non-professional books whenever I can, but the time isn’t always there. I love to work out in the yard, and have been enjoying living in a different gardening zone. We also have enjoyed getting out on weekends and exploring our new home state. It’s nice living now where I always used to vacation (when I had the opportunity to actually take a vacation). The beauty of North Central Florida was unknown to me before moving here and I have really been enjoying taking in the local sites.
Favorite books The Eight by Katherine Neville; Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte; The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins; and Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.
Pet peeves Educated adults using text messaging speech (if you are older than 16 you should spell out the word YOU); people talking loudly on their cell phones while using public transportation
Philosophy No matter how bad things may seem, there’s probably at least one person out there who is having a worse day
Most memorable career achievement Actually occurred at the Charleston Conference in 2009 – I gave my first professional presentation on copyright and my “idol” Duke University’s Kevin Smith was in the audience, unbeknownst to me, and I got to speak with him and attend a dine-around with him that evening.
Goal I hope to achieve five years from now Hoping I’m tenured! And that I have in some positive way helped shape copyright for distance teachers and learners
how/where do I see the industry in five years I think that distance/virtual learning will continue to grow and change and I believe that librarianship will have to change along with it – delivery of information and instruction will be happening beyond the reference desk and even beyond the chat box – and also copyright law is going to have to undergo some serious revisions to allow those teaching and learning outside the physical classroom to tap into the same knowledge resources, without fear of reproach, as their traditional counterparts.
Leah was appointed Executive Director of the Charleston Conference in 2017, and has served in various roles with the Charleston Information Group, LLC, since 2004. Prior to working for the conference, she was Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions for the College of Charleston for four years. She lives in a small town near Columbia, SC, with her husband and two kids where they raise a menagerie of farm animals.