Member Profile: Kelly LaVoice

Name: Kelly LaVoice
Photo via VIVO: Cornell
Describe your current position: Research and Instruction Coordinator of the Business & Hospitality Research Team at Cornell University Library. I also teach a 2 credit course for the School of Hotel Administration, Information Retrieval & Research Methods.
Educational Background: BA in English and Gender Studies, The College of New Jersey; MLIS, Rutgers University.
What is most interesting about your current position? I enjoy working with students interested in pursuing careers as entrepreneurs and business owners. It is exciting to see the relevance of our collections and services to these real world applications.
What has been your biggest professional challenge? Developing a credit-bearing course, and convincing students of its importance.
What was your background before becoming a librarian? I went directly from college to library school. I originally thought I wanted to be a high school English teacher, but then discovered librarianship and never looked back.
What would you be doing if you weren't a librarian? I like to think I could have been a successful real estate agent-or if nothing else, an excellent character for a House Hunters episode on HGTV. 
What is the most interesting issue in librarianship today? The increasing importance of information literacy instruction, as we all are aware of the social, legal, and economic implications of information in the real world. 
What are you most proud of? I am very proud of all of the wonderful students I work with, many of whom go on to have very successful careers in the hospitality and real estate industries. 
What other organizations are you involved with? In addition to my involvement with the Education Advisory Group for SCRLC, I serve on the Education Committee of BRASS, (Business reference and services section) of ALA.
What advice would you give to a new librarian? To a student studying library science or archival studies, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of internships and real work experience. To a new librarian, I would suggest building a network of both mentors and peers. 
What software/web tools do you use regularly? I manage LibGuides for our library, and am often tinkering with them. I also regularly use Blackboard, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Adobe products.
Favorite social media platform: Instagram! I am visual thinker.
Favorite blog or website: This is a great way to learn about opportunities to present or publish.
What do you do to relax? When the weather is nice, I enjoy hikes and outdoor dining. In the winter, I enjoy Netflix marathons and baking.
What is the most daring thing you've ever done? Move to a new city in a new state for my first librarian job.
What would you like to learn? I would love to learn more about coding. I would also like to teach classes about instructional design and curriculum development.
Is there anything about you that others would be surprised to know? I work in a library without physical collections, but I like to think that we are busier and more influential in the lives of our community than ever before.
Thank you Kelly!
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