Title: Education Librarian
Organization: Grand Valley State University
Born and Lived: Born in Ft. Knox, KY and, being an Army brat, have moved around a lot, including Germany and the US. To illustrate my wandering past, I went to seven different elementary schools. As an adult I lived in North Carolina, Florida, Viriginia, New Jersey, and finally Michigan.
Professional Career and Activities: After receiving my library science degree, I was employed for a year at Hope College, in Holland, MI. I accepted a position at Grand Valley State University as the education/curriculum materials librarian in 1995.
My scholarly interests include library/research/computer anxieties. My education masters thesis on was on this topic and has been cited in numerous articles and dissertations. My other scholarly interest is Curriculum Materials Centers. I am the editor of a book on CMC that will be published by ALA/ACRL next year.
Family: I have three adult children and two small granddaughters. I reside with my cat, Josie, and can’t wait to retire so I can finally get another German Shepherd.
In My Spare Time: I love hiking, reading, PBS, and babysitting my grandchildren.
Favorite Books: What everyone I am reading at the time. Currently I am reading Cupid’s Arrow: The Course of Love through Time by Robert J. Sternberg; Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depressio by Morris Dickstein; and In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Te
Pet Peeves: Staples left on the floor or rugs
Philosophy: Such is life
Most Memorable Career Achievement: Being the editor of a book on curriculum materials centers in the US and having some of the finest CMC experts write chapters for me.
Goal I Hope to Achieve Five Years from Now: On a personal level: Paying off my new Jetta Sports deisel before I retire
How/Where I See the Industry in Five Years: I believe in five years the K-12 textbook and juvenile book publishers will be able to serve the academic libraries better by moving to ezproxy and IP authentication instead of the use of passwords.
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