I have a Master's Degree in Library and Information Sciences, and have been working in the academic and/or medical library fields for over ten years. I have authored several successful grants in the past, and have contributed to various library blogs and newsletters. I have presented at a number of international, national, and state library conferences, have held a number of officer positions within the various associations I am part of, and serve on one newsletter committee. In my current position I work with graduate and postdoctoral students, and their respective faculty members, as an embedded, or personal, librarian. I have helped to build and maintain a Writing Service for graduate students with my institution, and have recently started working closely with new freshmen students.
The skills I have acquired from building a library from scratch to support an entire institution, including one of the strongest Allied Health departments in the state, building and teaching several classes for Marshall University and BridgeValley Community and Technical College, and the knowledge, focus and abilities I have gained from my present experience as a Research and Reference Librarian bring a unique skill set to the table. Throughout my career I have had the opportunity to hone my expertise in both online and face to face classroom instruction, in applying a variety of teaching pedagogies to custom fit each class’s needs, and in providing subject tailored communications of research and reference needs, which are all underpinnings for a successful instructor. I have worked with college students of all ages and backgrounds, which has required me to successfully employ the theory of andragogy, and to sharpen my teaching abilities.
Combine all of my educational and professional experiences with my natural talents, including strong writing skills, charisma, problem solving, time management, and my work ethic and you have a well-rounded person you wi