I am a librarian who likes to work on a variety of projects, and I have worked in libraries for the past six years. I got my MS in Library Science from Simmons College in 2015, and from then until this past fall, I was employed as a librarian for the Environmental Protection Agency (contractor). I worked on the EPA’s website to make it more user friendly. I also answered reference questions from employees and from the public on a variety of topics relating to the agency and the federal government. In addition, I also volunteered as the children’s librarian at Foundry United Methodist Church (UMC) in Washington, D.C.
I am now employed as the Web Services Librarian at the Boston Public Library, where I will be helping them move into a content management system, and provide usability and accessibility guidance.
My first library job was in a law firm library while I was an undergraduate student. That job sparked my realization that I belonged in libraries. As I’ve taken on different library jobs and learned new things, my interests in the field of librarianship have evolved.
Here are a few areas of librarianship I’m actively participating in:
- Web Services – I currently work on EPA’s website and I’m always looking for ways to make sure that the user’s experience is a positive one for their organization, since websites are now the main point of entry to organizations.
- Research Services – I currently also work on the reference desk at the EPA and I have done so at almost all of my past positions for the past six years. I really enjoy finding information for people, but also utilizing new techniques to find information to help make patrons’ lives easier.
- Collection Development – I really enjoy thinking about collection development because it’s one of the many ways to engage users, and a way you can grow the meaning of the library. Collections are not just books; they’re e-resources, and tools, and anything else a library might offer. Right now I’m spending a lot of time thinking about the children’s collection at Foundry UMC, and how we can update it to reflect the relevant topics of today, but also address future topics for children.
- Library Instruction – I really enjoy teaching users new skills and helping them navigate a world of changing technology, as well as helping fellow librarians learn about new products. I currently develop trainings at EPA on topics that I am familiar with.
- Outreach – I think this is critical for libraries. Many people have a perception that libraries are dying, or don’t have the resources they need, and they’re frequently misinformed. I think outreach and marketing are critical for libraries to get the recognition (and hopefully funding) they deserve. Libraries contain a great wealth of resources and information, but if no one knows about it, that’s a problem. As a children’s librarian at Foundry UMC I’m currently working on ways to market the libraries to youth and parents, as well as conduct outreach within the church community.