Organization: YBP Library Services
Born and Lived: For the majority of my life I have lived in New Hampshire, but I recently moved to the greater Atlanta, GA area so I could be closer to the libraries I work with in the Southeast.
Professional Career and Activities: I’ve been working for YBP Library Services for 3½ years, first as an inside sales representative, and now as a field rep. It’s been great finally getting to meet people face to face! While my work with YBP is my first strong foray into the world of libraries, I am passionate about books in general and the ideals that academic libraries in particular uphold.
Family: Two wonderful parents who live in New Hampshire, and a sister/best friend that lives in Brooklyn. Lots of extended family in Georgia and North Carolina as well, which has made it a much easier transition moving to Atlanta.
In My Spare Time: I love to read (good books and bad, depending on your definition), and am pretty much a pop culture junkie- listening to music, watching movies, and television viewing are all things I often enjoy spending time doing. Having grown up in a fairly rural environment, I also have a great appreciation for the outdoors, and enjoy hiking and taking nature walks… though not if it involves snakes! I also take dance classes when I can- I grew up doing dance, and still love it.
Favorite Books: Because I have loved reading from a very young age, a lot of my favorite books stem from that era- and it’s so hard to choose just one book! My favorite author as a kid was Tamora Pierce, and I still love reading her books today. Nowadays I read a lot of young adult books that are based in dystopian societies or young adult fantasy (Kristin Cashore’s books, for one), and I’ll admit to being a fan of regency era romance- Lisa Kleypas, Julia Quinn, and Celeste Bradley are probably my favorite authors for that type of content.
Pet Peeves: Lights being left on- I grew up in a household where if you left a room, you turned off the light. When people come to visit I’m often trailing after them turning off lights, and I always get so upset with myself if I forget to turn off a light before I head out.
Philosophy: A good attitude and hard work can accomplish a lot; never assume the worst, and never be afraid to ask questions.
Most Memorable Career Achievement: Probably when I found out that I got my most recent position with YBP as a Collection Development Manager- I was so proud to be able to continue my career growth with YBP.
Goals I Hope to Achieve Five Years from Now: Finish up my master’s degree, and hopefully still be working in the academic library world. Also, to get a cat (or two)!
How/Where Do I See the Industry in Five Years: This is a tough one, because even though I’ve been in the industry for three years, there has been a lot of change during that time. eBook use has increased dramatically, and while there have been great strides to provide that content when it’s current, there’s still a ways to go. And acquisition of print titles is still quite strong; it’s really the collection development decisions and goals that have changed in my mind.
So, in five years? Almost anything is possible. I think eContent is definitely an area that will continue to expand, including Demand-Driven Acquisitions. Beyond that, I’m hoping to learn more as the year progresses what the future holds for libraries. Working for a book vendor, my responsibility is not just considering the future of the library world, but how we as a company can meet whatever does come along in the future.
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