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Work Experience

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Work Experience


Editor, 2018- present

  • Edit journal articles and dissertations for Dr. Guangqing Chi, Professor of Rural Sociology, Demography, and Public Health Sciences, Director, Computation and Spatial Analysis Core
  • Edit dissertations and theses for graduate students
  • Beta read science fiction and fantasy novels for independent authors


Director of Library Services, Katie Murrell Library, Lindsey Wilson College, 2017-18

Professional Duties

  • Supervise 2 full time librarians, 3 full time staff and 12-14 student workers in all areas of the library; Public Services, Technical Services, AV Equipment and Support, InterLibrary Loan, and Government Information
  • Building supervisor and contact for all facilities problems and maintenance
  • Manage an annual budget of $411,000 (including salaries and benefits) $124,000 of which is allocated to library materials, and catalog services
  • Serve as subject liaison to the School of Professional Counseling (BA, MS and PhD programs) and the Nursing Program (RN and BSN programs).  Coordinate all physical and digital collection development, update LibGuides, provide reference consultations and instruction sessions online and in person


  • Expanded Library services an additional 13.5 hours per week in 2017 and 3 more hours in 2018, totaling 93 hours per week during the school year
  • Initiated and supervised a comprehensive review of the print collections. Most of the reference collection moved into circulation. All of the potentially outdated materials in health, science, technology, medicine, psychology and human services, were reviewed and many volumes removed.  Non-circulating items in all areas were reviewed for removal by the librarians
  • Streamlined collection development and instruction by instituting a liaison model of librarianship, re-worked collections budgets based on student enrollment data 
  • Oversaw development and expansion of a coordinated first year student library instruction program aligned with the ACRL Framework
  • Coordinated library special events including the creation of events to celebrate and support students during exam weeks
  • Wrote and updated narrative reports for accreditation self studies and visits for Nursing, Education, and Professional Counseling programs
  • Oversaw and contributed to large expansion of library services to online students (fastest growing demographic) including developing online tutorials and Libguides, embedding library resources in Blackboard, and offering video conferencing for reference consultations and instruction sessions Currently updating the instruction lab with a new instructor workstation and desks
  • Began the process of collecting and documenting all staff duties including the creation of a procedures manual to serve as a handbook for student employees

Committee Work

  • Library representative, Long Range Planning Committee
  • Library representative, Academic Affairs Council
  • Library representative, Academic Leadership Team
  • Member, Honors Committee
  • College representative, Federation of Kentucky Academic Libraries
  • College representative, Association of Kentucky Independent Colleges and Universities
  • College representative, Appalachian Library Association, Library Division
  • Member, Appalachian College Association, Library Division, Administrative Issues Committee 2018-2020


Visiting Reference Librarian and Assistant Professor of Library Administration, Research and Instructional Services, Main Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,  2015- 2017

  • Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate all library and information science graduate assistants (10-12 students, 4 FTE) for service at the Information Desk, Virtual Reference Desk, instruction sessions, and projects.  Participate in library wide training for new graduate assistants and ongoing Hub training sessions.
  • Coordinate English as a Second Language library instruction program for graduate students; update lesson plans, prepare graduate students to teach, serve as lead instructor for advanced sections.
  • Provide weekly coverage at the Information Desk and Virtual Reference as Level 2 librarian; answer questions in person, online, by phone, via text and email.
  • Provide support for the daily operations of the RIS office; serving as the on call librarian evenings and weekends, filling in for scheduled and unscheduled leave.
  • RIS representative, Library Instruction Committee.
  • Library representative, Special Campus Committee on Graduate Student Orientation


Reference and Instruction Librarian (Senior Assistant Librarian), Milne Library, State University of New York College at Oneonta.   2006 -  2007. 

  • Provided reference services at Reference Desk, in Research Consultations by appointment, and as contact person for  the email reference service, Ask A Librarian.
  • Taught information literacy instruction sessions for education courses, introductory composition, mass communication and history classes. 
  • Taught a two week mini session on library and information skills for first year students in the Equal Opportunities Program, Introduction to College Life course. 
  • Member of Emergent Technologies Librarian search committee.
  • Member of Learning Commons Taskforce. 
  • Maintained and updated several databases and Internet resources web pages. 
  • Researched and wrote a proposal to create an low-cost virtual reference service. 


Director of Academic Resources, Kitty Lindsay Learning Resources Center, Richland Community College, Decatur, Illinois.   2004 –  2006.

  • Taught up to 100 hours of information literacy sessions each semester, including 2-3 sessions for all composition courses, and a variety of as-needed sessions for courses in college preparation, nursing, health, history and literature.
  • As coordinator of library instruction, developed and implemented a plan to move from a bibliographic instruction model towards an information literacy model.
  • Supervised 3 full-time paraprofessional staff and 6 part-time student assistants.
  • Responsible for all print collection development with an annual budget of $36,000.
  • Started the well-received Bestsellers and Popular Fiction collection.
  • Started Richland Reads, a college-wide reading program (Fall 2005), in conjunction with the Campus Life office and the Director of Staff Development. 


Graduate Student Librarian, ACDIS Library, Program in Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.   2002 –  2004.

  • Responsible for all areas of library services including circulation, reference, instruction, cataloguing, acquisitions, collection development and serials control.
  • Managed two university accounts, one Ford Foundation Grant and one MacArthur Foundation Grant (totaling $6000) to fund all library services. 
  • Supervised the library assistant, including assignment and evaluation of all tasks.
  • Established volunteer program, including weekly supervision of 4 volunteers.
  • Responsible for creating and updating the library's databases in Filemaker Pro, including regularly updating the catalog database, and creating and updating the serials, references, and circulation databases. 
  • Revived and updated orientation program for new faculty and graduate students.
  • As a practicum supervisor, provided all supervision of practicum projects for 2 students, including assignment of daily tasks, assistance with completion of semester projects in serials and monographs cataloging, current awareness, and reference and collection development. 


Pre-Professional Work Experience


Research Assistant, Dr. Terry Weech, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.   2003 –  2004. 

  • Updated sources list and locations for LIS 404, Reference and Information Services.
  • Researched topics such as “The Teaching of Intellectual Freedom” and “Teaching Information Literacy” for international presentations.
  • Conducted literature searches to update syllabus for Library Systems and Networks.


Practicum, Janice Del Negro (supervisor), Center for Children’s Books, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.   2003.

  • Completed themed bibliographies of fiction books for ages 0 to 15 for Novelist K-8.
  • Assisted with phone and walk in reference questions.
  • Wrote three reviews for the storytelling resources webpage.


Reference and Supervision Graduate Assistant, Undergraduate Library, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.   2001 –  2002.

  • Worked days, evenings, and weekends at busy reference desk answering diverse patron questions in-person, by phone and via a virtual reference service
  • Supervised six student workers in four areas of the library 
  • Taught or assisted with multiple library instruction workshops each semester
  • Completed special projects, including, re-labeling the stacks collection after a shifting project, and revising the “Finding Books and Journals” workshop script and quizzes 


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