My library work started in my local library, the Mystic & Noank Library. Here I began by volunteering for the summer reading programs and special events, but I quickly learned other basic library aide skills. While in college I continued working at the library, progressively learning nearly all the student jobs, focusing on working at the circulation desk and e-reserves. After college I spent a year at the Folger Shakespeare Library where, as a Circulation Assistant, I worked closely with both readers and staff members. Half of my time was spent assisting readers with both the physical and OPAC catalogs, as well as numerous other references and resources; the other half was devoted to special projects.
I received my MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh in December of 2008. My field placement, in preparation for my degree, was fulfilled in teaching introduction classes and in developing a lesson plan for the University of Pittsburgh’s Introduction to the Arts and Sciences program, which was used Fall of ’08.
Summer of 2010 I returned to the Mystic & Noank library where I created the first summer teen programming; updated library blogs; online events calendars; and created the library’s Facebook Page. I returned summer of 2011 to continue the teen programs.
In November of 2010 I began working at Providence College’s Phillips Memorial Library as a Library Commons Assistant I. In addition to my regular responsibilities I sought out projects for the Research and Education department creating and updating LibGuides and co-teaching library instruction sessions. Shortly after I began in the James P. Adams library at Rhode Island College as an adjunct faculty member in the reference department.
From 2012-2015 I worked at Wadsworth Library at Mount Ida College. As one of two Information Literacy and Academic Program Librarians, I was primarily responsible for creating Information Literacy instruction sessions and collection development services for the schools and departments I was a liaison to, in addition to traditional reference services. I also managed the library website, social media and SpringShare products.
Currently I am a Reference Librarian at the James P. Adams library at Rhode Island College. I am liaison to the Anthropology, Environmental Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies and Sociology departments, and co-chair of the Rhode Island Open Textbook Initiative.