Why did you become a librarian/info pro? After graduating with a BA in journalism, I was always taking classes on my own time and I wanted to pursue a master’s degree – I just couldn’t decide what to major in. When I read the fiction book “The Archivist,” it finally struck me that I could learn all the time by being a librarian. I’ve never wanted to be an archivist, though. I like the thrill of the hunt that is research.
What is your current professional role? I just changed jobs in May 2017. I am a Senior Information Specialist at Cornerstone Research, an economic and financial consulting firm. Much of the work is tracking down data you never knew existed; it’s fascinating and challenging. Before that I was a competitive intelligence analyst at a law firm for almost four years, and even farther back I did research at an investment bank and short stints at a consulting firm and a federal reserve bank, so my varied experience really helps me in this fast-paced, never-know-what-you’re-gonna-get role.
What inspired you to become involved with LMD? We’re all leading and managing something or someone (and even ourselves), whether we have the formal title or not, and developing skills in that area is essential.
What do you think is a key challenge for SLA at present? There are so many different kinds of information professionals in SLA, and it’s hard to be everything to everyone. I think it’s most important to support the chapters, divisions, caucuses, etc., as they are closest to the members and can keep the focus relevant.
How can LMD members get more involved with the division or with SLA? People in SLA leadership roles are often asking members “What do you need to know or learn?” and it’s very important for members to offer suggestions and feedback. It doesn’t have to be formal – just share when something comes to mind.
And, finally, a little-known fact about you! I think I need to watch more television. Yep, you read that right. My favorite hobby is reading and I prefer to do it lying in bed with my kitties tucked by my sides. However, this has been really bad for my neck and back, so I figure I’ll at least sit up when I watch TV.