Born and Lived: Born and raised in Santa Rosa, California. I have lived in Idaho, Oregon, Alaska, Pennsylvania, and Florida.
Professional Career and Activities: I was an orthopedic physical therapist for 20 years.
Graduated with MLIS from University of Pittsburgh in 2003.
Have been Library Director of Florda Hospital College of Health Sciences in Orlando Florida since 2003. The college offers degrees in nursing and allied health professions and has approximately 2700 students.
Family: I am married to Daniel Flores, a psychotherapist, and have a gray 13-year-old cat named Timbers.
In My Spare Time: I enjoy reading, getting out in nature, exercising, cooking, collecting vegetarian cookbooks, visual arts, photography, finding great restaurants, and travel.
Favorite Books: I enjoy reading cooking/recipes books as well as psychology, health, and spiritual growth titles.
Philosophy: The Serenity Prayers sums it well:
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Most Memorable Career Achievement: Taking an academic library with minimal technology implementation and within a few years bringing it up to current standards with a library website, LibGuides, shift to e-collections, top-notch ILS, link resolver, discovery product, etc.
Goal I Hope to Achieve Five Years from Now: 1.Triple the library space to accomodate growth in the student population and their needs for group and individual study space. 2. Book collection 90% electronic titles. 3. Shift to RDA cataloging.
How/Where I See the Industry in Five Years: Collections mostly electronic and available on mobile devices, campuswide information literacy goals and objectives woven into the curriculum, video information literacy instruction, Skype-style reference, RDA cataloging, refining of discovery products, increased consortial purchasing, and shift to mostly PDA buying for e-books.
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