I am a librarian and I have worked in libraries for the past ten years. I got my MS in Library Science from Simmons College in 2015, and from then until the fall of 2017, 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.
I was the Web Services Librarian at the Boston Public Library, where I helped them move into a content management system, provide usability and accessibility guidance, contribute to the overall strategic vision for the website, and manage and train our nearly 30 bloggers. I am now employed as a User Experience Designer at MIT Libraries and I serve on the Editorial Board of Weave, a journal of library user experience.
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.
- 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 BPL for library staff and I developed trainings at EPA on topics with which I was familiar.