Title: Librarian for Acquisitions & Continuing Resources
Organization: Yale Law Library
Born and Lived: I was born in New Jersey but have moved around quite a bit, and I now have had a drivers license in more states than my father. Other states I’ve called home are Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Maine, Massachusetts and now Connecticut.
Professional Career and Activities: I’ve been a tech services librarian my entire working life, first as a cataloger at UVA, then Head of Technical Services in Maine and Boston, and now acquisitions & serials at Yale. Although I started in general academic libraries, I’ve worked in law libraries for 30 years. I’m an active member of the American Association of Law Libraries, having served on way too many things, and am a former Chair of the Innovative Users Group.
Family: I live with my 9-year old cat Tessie. The rest of my family lives in Texas.
In My Spare Time: I’m an avid genealogist and photographer and like to play with the e-toys.
Favorite Books: Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night, both by Deborah Harkness.
Pet Peeves: Rudeness, people who talk without listening, ice & snow covered roads and sidewalks when I have to get somewhere.
Philosophy: Treat others as you would want to be treated yourself.
Most Memorable Career Achievement: Annual Meeting Program Chair for the 2011 meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries.
How/Where I See the Industry in Five Years: Our resources will be electronic with print optional on the side. Changes and innovations will come thick and fast, with a wide array of communication options between vendors, librarians, library users, and online systems. We will travel less but consult more. Staffing will be turned on its ear to be sure the right people have the right training and assets to respond nimbly to new opportunities and issues. I hope I still have a job.
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