My passion for libraries and research began when I could first hold a book. I read everything I can get my hands on to this day. My first library assignment was in my high school library where I worked as library aid and danced with Ohio Ballet Theatre. After that, I worked at the academic library on campus when I attended university.
After university, I worked in several research, special, and government libraries for over two decades doing reference, research, outreach, advertising, advocacy, programming, circulation, serials, ILL, and solving challenging cataloging, ILS, and technical problems.
Prior to joining the Access/Information team in 2017, I spent the last six years working as a technical librarian for a criminal justice training institute that served the corrections field. In this position, I had the opportunity to interact with sheriffs, wardens, chaplains, correctional officers, advocates, and legal advisors of all kinds on a daily basis.
I consider myself a lifelong learner. I have degrees in psychology, East Asian studies, and library sciences with a special focus on library research technologies. Living in a world of technical evolution is exciting and it is my goal to stay ahead of the curve.
I am also a travel enthusiast, a sometimes poet, and a lifelong dancer. I lived in Japan for two years. I play a Japanese flute and fold origami, and enjoy many Japanese arts. I am an advocate of dance and movement arts for brain balancing and dance training for all ages.
As a career librarian, I believe librarians are the best resource – to quote Neil Gaiman: “Google can bring you back, you know, 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one.”