Your position: Digital Services Librarian
Educational Background: MLIS - Syracuse University (CAS in Digital Libraries), BS - Elmira College, History
What is most interesting about your position? I have a deep, abiding interest in history and the stories that cultural artifacts can tell about our past. I feel privileged to be able to work making our regional stories accessible to everyone.
What has been your biggest professional challenge? It's always challenging to find the time to balance special projects like the Recognizing Women's Right to Vote in NY State exhibit (nyheritage.org/suffrage), and my day to day workload. Finding time to encourage new ways to present digital content is incredibly important, though!
What was your background before becoming a librarian? Before deciding to become a librarian, I was considering a graduate degree in museum studies and I gravitated towards jobs in museums.
What would you be doing if you weren't a librarian? Most likely computer programming or something in the information management/security fields.
What is the most interesting issue in librarianship today? Definitely Artificial Intelligence--it will rapidly change the way information will be generated, processed, and analyzed in the next few years. I find the implications of current developing AI technologies and how quickly information environments are changing because of them fascinating.
What are you most proud of? My Galaga high score.
What other organizations are you involved with? NYLA & ALA, and the Digitization Advisory Committee and Information Technology Advisory Committee at SCRLC.
What advice would you give to a new librarian? Start working in a library as soon as possible, preferably while you're in school even if it means taking a lighter course load. Your MLIS coursework will make a lot more sense when you can practically see and apply it, and you gain valuable work experience at the same time.
What software/web tools do you use regularly? There's so many--CONTENTdm, Drupal, Adobe, Google, and MS products & tools; OCLC Connexion, and pretty much whatever software I find that fits my technology I find I need at for the task at hand.
Favorite social media platform: Reddit
What do you do to relax? Video Games, Board Games, Comic Books, etc.--basically anything most people find classically nerdy I find fun.
What is the most daring thing you've ever done? Once, I chased down and tackled a shoplifter who took a high priced item out of a gift shop I worked at when I was in college. He ran from me for several blocks before I caught up with him and launched myself at him as he tried to duck into some bushes. When I walked back in with the (thankfully undamaged) merchandise, I was afraid I was going to get scolded for allowing the shoplifter to make it out of the store with the item in the first place but I got a cash bonus that day instead.
What would you like to learn? SQL, Perl, and some basic French.
Is there anything about you that others would be surprised to know? I have what I like to call the "Clark Kent Effect." When I'm not wearing my glasses, only my close friends and family can recognize me. I wore contacts to work at a previous job once, and the library director asked me who I was and why I was making myself comfortable at Julia's desk.