Position: Monograph Acquisitions Librarian,
Organization: Bernard Becker Medical Library at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
Born and Lived: I was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. My parents still live in the house I grew up in. I traveled as far away as Osaka, Japan where I taught English for two years but wound up back in St. Louis.
Professional Career and Activities: I received my MLS from University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. My plan was to become an academic reference librarian. Instead I found a job as an on-site trainer for an ILS vendor whose office was half a mile from my parent’s house. I traveled the United States and Canada for 4 years and then moved on to testing and managing software releases for 10 years. I began the next stage of my career working for the library at Washington University in St. Louis and a year and a half ago started in my current position as Monograph Acquisitions Librarian at the Bernard Becker Medical Library of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Family: I am married to a CPA and together we have two wonderful children, Nicole who loves reading, music and fashion and James who loves math, video games, LEGOs and any book by Rick Riordan.
In My Spare Time: I love to read, bake desserts and hang out with my family.
Favorite Books: There are almost too many to mention but these are a few of them, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, and A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L Engle.
Pet Peeves: People who do not clean up after they make a mess.
Philosophy: Give it your best shot. You cannot succeed if you never try.
Most Memorable Career Achievement: In my current position, automating the acquisition process in the library’s new Koha ILS. One thing I will never forget doing for my previous position is giving my first presentation in front of 300 customers.
Goals I Hope to Achieve Five Years from Now: I hope to give a talk or presentation at a conference.
How/Where Do I See the Industry in Five Years: I think that libraries will be providing more e-books than print. I hope that by then we will be able to provide a format that users can easily use. Especially in the academic world, I think many of the books will be available as an e-resource by default and for users that learn better from paper there will be a print on demand feature. Libraries will continue to be a place to have meetings, study, use the free Wi-Fi and hangout (sleep).
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