Janel Kinlaw

Janel Kinlaw

Why did you become a librarian/info pro?

I had wanted to go back to graduate school to become a teacher and instead I found the library science programs. In my childhood, the library was the one place that I enjoyed going back to again and again. I found that library science was a good fit for my interests and has allowed me to continue to learn every day.

 What is your current role?

I am a system administrator for a content relationship management (CRM) database for a state-funded non-profit who promotes and supports the biotechnology industry within the state of North Carolina. I review contact records for data standards and help to manage the configuration of the records to meet the staff’s workflow needs. My position is unique as it allows me to participate both in the IT and the Library staff meetings.

 What inspired you to become involved with LMD?

I’ve been a member of the division for the past few years and I was looking for a new opportunity to grow and develop new skills.  

 Tell us about your history and current role with LMD

I have just stepped into role of the 2018 Conference Planner for LMD, which means I will be planning the sessions for the division at the upcoming SLA conference in Baltimore next summer.

What do you think is a key challenge for  our profession at present?

Our profession is always evolving and changing which is challenge for all of us to stay current and up-to-date.  With all the change in technology, perceptions of libraries and services offered, it is important to remember that sharing our love of reading, technology or information needs is still the same no matter the format.   

 How can LMD members get more involved with the division?

 Keep an eye out for call for volunteers and say yes!  Look for opportunities to expand your skills or gain new ones that you might not be able to get in your day job.

 And, finally, a little-known fact about you?

I’m a working mom and have found the only way to read books these days is to listen to them.  As You Wish by Cary Elwes and Hungry Heart by Jennifer Weiner are two of my recommendations for audiobooks.