This week’s profile is taken from the 2010 Charleston Conference First Time Attendee Profiles.
Born and Lived: Born in Oklahoma. Lived in Indiana (undergrad, Earlham College), Wisconsin (MALS, Madison), Michigan, and Texas.
Professional Career and Activities: Earlier career: Reference librarian at the University of Michigan’s Undergraduate Library and at Washtenaw Community College (Ann Arbor, MI).
Since 2000: Science Librarian at Trinity University. Faculty liaison to six science and engineering departments, with primary responsibilities for information literacy instruction and collection development. Teach a first-year seminar on environmental issues. Active with ACRL’s Science and Technology Section (STS); served as STS Chair in 2007-2008.
Family: One husband, two “children” (both in grad school now), two dogs.
In My Spare Time: I clear brush at our ranch and hike with the dogs.
Favorite Books: Anything by Barbara Kingsolver.
Philosophy: I am serious about fulfilling my professional responsibilities at work–but I am dedicated to having fun in the process.
Most Memorable Career Achievement: Bringing the National Library of Medicine’s Frankenstein traveling exhibit to the Trinity library and planning three weeks of serious and fun programming around it. Best memento: my Bride of Frankenstein wig!
How/Where Do I See the Industry in Five Years?: My primary emphasis in the “industry” is the journals. I see much greater availability of open access publications, more electronic than print journal titles, far more just-in-time acquisitions (at both the article level and for complete books). I also see the promotion and tenure process within universities being significantly impacted by these changes in the publishing world.
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.