Title: Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
Organization: ProQuest and Serials Solutions
Address: 501 North 34th Street, Suite 300, Seattle, WA 98103
Born and lived:In the Chicago area. I grew up in the town I live in now – Naperville, Illinois. I lived in Boston for a time and also in Seattle for several years.
Early life:My undergraduate degree is from a college that went out of business the next year – so my BA is from an unaccredited, non-existent school. I went right on to library school and then got an MBA from Northwestern University.
Professional career and activities: I have lots of experience in library automation, following several years as a public services librarian at the Cook Memorial Library in Libertyville, Illinois. I went to work for the first commercial library automation company and then was hired to create the technology transfer company for commercializing a system built by Northwestern University Library. From there I was one of the founders and the CEO of Endeavor Information Systems, which created the Voyager system (now owned by ExLibris). After a short stint as a bookseller at Barnes and Noble, I joined ProQuest in 2005 as the General Manager of Serials Solutions.
Family: I have been married to my husband Mike O’Brien for 30 years. He is my hero.
In my spare time: I collect – all sorts of stuff. I love garage sales and flea markets.
Favorite books: I read at least 3 books a week, but it’s all fiction.
Philosophy: Libraries are important. We all need to work to keep libraries relevant.