EDUCATION

M.L.I.S., Kent State University, Kent, Ohio (December 2004)
Focus: Management and reference courses, including various computer courses.
Practicum: University of Akron Libraries, Dean’s Office - Developed the Libraries’ marketing presentation aimed at the university’s deans and faculty.

B.S., Chemical Engineering with Environmental Studies Certificate, The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio (2000)
Research: Conducted an independent research project in environmental remediation.

LIBRARY WORK EXPERIENCE

(Spring 2007 - present) School of Library & Information Science, Kent State University, Kent, OH
Adjunct Faculty – Workshop on Web 2.0 in Libraries


(Fall 2006 – present) Bryant & Stratton College, Cleveland, OH Adjunct Instructor - Information Literacy and Research
  • Teaching LIBS100, which covers various issues in information literacy (library resources, web research, report writing, etc.)
(2/2005 – present) Case Western Reserve University, Kelvin Smith Library, Cleveland OH
Librarian II (Engineering, Mathematics, & Statistics)
  • Reference & Instruction Services
    • Participate in duties of the Reference Desk, which include assisting in all subject areas.
    • Participate in virtual chat reference (LivePerson).
    • Phone, email, and by-appointment reference assistance in engineering, mathematics, statistics, and patent searching.
    • Conduct individual instruction in library resources, patent searching, web searching, and computer applications.
    • Conduct instructional sessions for incoming freshman.
    • Design and conduct instructional sessions tailored to specific classes or research areas.
    • Designed and teach a workshop on using RSS feeds.
    • Designed and teach a workshop on searching for patents.Assist with and provide instruction for various special user groups, such as a summer program for high school students.
    • Initiated instant messaging as a reference tool
  • Collection Development
    • Responsible for selection of monographs, serials, and electronic databases in engineering, mathematics, and statistics.
    • Maintain research guides for engineering, mathematics, and statistics.
    • Conducted a 6-year citation analysis (2000-06) of engineering faculty publications to assist in collection decisions.
    • Spring 2006, hosted and worked with a practicum student on a citation analysis of engineering dissertations and thesis in chemical engineering and macromolecular science.
  • College-Based Librarian in the Case School of Engineering (CSE)
    • Maintain a small reading room in CSE.
    • Provide remote reference services 15-20 per week from CSE.
    • Participate in CSE meetings, committees, and other activities as needed.
(7/2001 – 2/2005) University of Akron Libraries, Science & Technology, Akron, OH
Library Associate Senior, University Libraries Corporate Consortium with Advanced Elastomer Systems
  • Participation in University Activities
    • Committee member (2002) and Chair (2003) for the Friends of the University Libraries Outstanding Student Employee Award Committee.
    • 2003 University Libraries Holiday Party Committee. Solicitation of door prizes from local businesses.
    • Regular columnist in the University Libraries employee publication, including a column presenting and reviewing new computer programs or websites.
    • University Libraries Marketing PowerPoint Team.
    • Staff Employee Advisory Committee (2004-05) to the University President.
  • Serials, Collection Management, and Document Delivery
    • Purchased articles, standards, patents, and professional translations.
    • Convinced company to invest in translation software to conduct translations internally to save money.
    • Management and procurement of resources, and the maintenance of the Lotus Notes library catalog.
    • Management of table of contents alerting service, including creation of self-service mechanisms for patrons to locate electronic resources.
    • Simplification of Copyright Clearance Center reporting.
    • Promoted new resources through activities, web pages, and demonstrations.
  • Answering Reference Questions and Conducting Research
    • Conducted reference interviews and information research in polymers, engineering, chemistry, and business-support (human resources, competitive intelligence, and market information).
    • Participation and interaction with corporate engineering personnel, such as meeting attendance, safety teams, or other committees.
  • Training
    • Conducted workshops and created reference materials on creating Adobe PDF documents.
    • Provided trainings in web page design for the creators of internal web content.
    • Provided instruction in searching techniques and utilization of information resources.
  • Information Management
    • Assisted with lab notebook maintenance and storage.
    • Responsible for entry and maintenance of internal technical reports in electronic database, and maintenance of an archive of employee external publications.
    • Reinforcement of company information policies and sponsorship of the value of information to business operations.
(1994 - 2001) University of Akron Libraries, Science & Technology, Akron, OH
Student Assistant/Temporary Staff
  • Worked the evening and weekend shifts when no supervisors were present
  • Answered reference questions and assisted in various searches, utilizing the print collection, SciFinder Scholar, Beilstein, Cinahl, and Medline.
  • Managed special projects, such as the shifting of materials, shipping materials to storage facilities, updating of item records, and the collection of material use statistics.
    • Performed independently as the binding manager for one year. Transformed procedure from a "paper" based procedure to a computerized process.

ENGINEERING & OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE

(1/1997 - 8/1999) ELTECH Systems (OxyTech Systems), Chardon, OH
Engineering Co-op Student
  • Supported the Research and Development Department through quality control inspections, testing of parts, writing test and assembly procedures, troubleshooting, and raw material selection.
  • Coordinated research efforts between outside companies, engineers, purchasing, and warehouse personnel; performed several key steps between design and manufacturing.
(1991 – 1997) Gray’s Janitorial Service (Ashtabula, OH)
Supervisor and Trainer
  • Trained and supervised new employees. Created promotional materials.

TECHNICAL SKILLS

  • Computer Applications and the Internet
    • Desktop: WordPro, Lotus 1-2-3, and Microsoft Office.
    • Web: Various web browsers, various search engines, Adobe Acrobat, Dreamweaver, and FrontPage.
    • Additional: Systran Premium (translation software) and BASIS (records management).
    • Maintain and author a weblog of engineering resources: http://blog.case.edu/bcg8/ and various other subject-specific research guides.
    • Designed two weblogs for library news and reference services
  • Information Research
    • Research databases: STN, Dialog, Factiva, Delphion, Knovel, Lexis Nexis, Micropatent, and Nerac.
    • Patent research and related resources.
    • Library catalogs and academic databases: University of Akron, Kent State University, Case Western Reserve University, and OhioLINK resources.

AWARDS & HONORS

  • Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout.
  • University of Akron Friends of the Library Professional Scholarship Recipient (2002-04).
  • Special Libraries Association Scholarship Recipient (2003).
  • Travel grants for ASIS&T Annual Meeting (2002-03) and SLA Annual Meeting (2003-04).
  • Kent State University Rose Vormelker Student Award for Special Librarianship (2004).
  • Kent State University August Alpers Library Award for contribution to library school (2005).

PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT

  • American Chemical Society (ACS), Chemical Information Division (2002-04)
  • American Society of Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) (2002-04)
    • Attended Annual Meeting (2002, 2003)
    • Student Volunteer at 2003 Annual Meeting
  • Special Libraries Association, SLA (2002 - present)
    • Attended Annual Conference (2003, 2004)
    • Kent State Student Chapter (2002-04) – Various leadership roles
    • Student & Academic Relations Committee, Student Representative (2003-05)
  • American Library Association (ALA) (2003 - present)
    • Attended Annual Conference (2004-06)Attended Midwinter Meeting (2004-05, 2007)
    • Library Administration & Management Association (LAMA) (2003 – present)
      • Leaders of the Pack (3-year mentoring/leadership program, 2004-06)
      • Public Relations & Marketing, Education & Training Committee (2004-06)
      • Dialog with Directors Discussion Group – Founder & moderator (2005 - present)
      • e-LA&M Task Force (2006-07)
      • LAMA Web Coordinator (2006-08)
    • Participant in ALA Library 2.0 - Pilot program exploring instruction and utilization of web tools in libraries (May-June 2006)
    • NMRT Liaison to LAMA (2006-07)
  • Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) (2002 - present)
    • 2007/08 Conference Planning Committee
  • Kent State University School of Library & Information Science Core Constituency Advisory Team (CCAT) for Academic Libraries (2005 - present)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Participant in the first annual 2002 Ohio Support Staff Institute (OSSI). Liaison to Northeast Ohio to promote the 2003 Institute to future participants.
  • Cleveland SLA Workshops
    • Mary Ellen Bates: Art of the Reference Interview (2002)
    • Jose-Marie Griffiths: Leadership Skills for the Electronic Age (2002)
    • Storytelling in Business Communication (2003)
    • Bill Fisher: ROI Calculations in Libraries (2004)
    • Steve Abram: Discovering a Bright Future for Libraries & Millennials! They're here. Deal with it! (2005)
  • Participant in Library Leadership Ohio (August 2004).
  • Participated in the World Usability Day events conducted by the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the Usability Professionals Association (November 2006).

PRESENTATION & PUBLICATIONS

Last updated: February 17, 2007