I am a solo academic librarian at Alder Graduate School of Education in California. I support graduate students in education aiming to be K-12 public school teachers. My library work focuses on instructional and technical services and collection development.
Why or how did you become a librarian/info pro?
I chose to become a librarian because I enjoyed helping people with their research needs. I started working as a library page/intern at the New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building when I was a college student and then eventually became a library assistant and a librarian at this research library. It was great because I enjoyed supporting researchers to find scholarly and primary source materials ranging from Holocaust archives to the ethnic newspapers from New York City. I eventually moved on to academic librarianship work.
Tell us a little about your history with SLA and why you took a role on the LMD Board.
I've been involved with SLA since 2015. I was originally focused on business librarianship so I was part of the B&F (Business and Finance) Division as the PR Director. I've given webinars for SLA, and have attended a few conferences before. I was also part of the international task force and the Student and New Professionals Advisory Council (SNPAC). I joined LMD because I wanted to get involved in supporting leadership learning opportunities for SLA members. I'm a doctorate candidate in educational leadership and felt that I can share my knowledge and thoughts in this area too.
What do you see as a key professional or organizational challenge that you hope to address in 2019?
Great question! In our organizations and the profession at large, we definitely need to keep framing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in our workspaces. Of course, we have caucuses, sessions, and meetings supporting DEI values, and we need to remember that this is not a "checklist" and not a destination. It's an ongoing process to address how our profession and organization can be inclusive and supportive, particularly those who may be underrepresented. We need to acknowledge these challenges and biases and try new ways to bring opportunities for recruitment, retention, and learning. I'd like to focus more voices from those who are under-represented in the profession, by giving them an opportunity to share their experiences and thoughts too either through webinars, presentations or other professional learning opportunities.
Do you have any plans or initiatives for LMD in 2019 you'd like to tell us about?
I am the co-chair with Rebecca Jones for the professional development committee and we are excited to offer an upcoming series of webinars (free!) to anyone interested in learning about different types of information/library work. You'll hear more about this soon!
And, finally, what's a little-known fact about you?
I am a fan of Studio Ghibli and films created by Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Award, Princess Mononoke, and Howl's Moving Castle). I've seen all of them about 5 times or more.