East Hartford Public Library, East Hartford, CT, 2013-present
Head of Reference & Cultural Assets Manager
Skilled reference librarian with a broad background in the humanities, as well as a working knowledge of the financial services industry.
Streamlined processes to create an efficient workplace environment, which reduced costs, eliminated duplicate billings, and allowed for a more accurate tracking of collection development purchases.
Created a more collaborative work environment where input is sought from entire reference department, allowing staff to try new processes and projects to enhance patrons’ use and experience of the library.
Offered one-on-one and group instruction to students of varying skill levels (beginner to advanced) in the knowledge and use of databases, internet searching, basic computer usage, MS Office products.
Extensive experience in engaging with a variety of patrons, exhibitors, and donors to plan, set up, and execute exhibits and other events.
Managed TEDxEastHartfordLibrary Talks series, choosing monthly videos and topics, as well as serving as a session facilitator.
exhibit, held at the East Hartford Public Library, Fall 2016.
Curated museum and art collections, bringing them up to current cataloging and display standards; set up display cases, rotating them regularly to ensure freshness of exhibits.
Provided editing services to patrons on an ad hoc basis.
Harvard University, Cambridge MA, 2003-2013
Librarian, Charles H. Robbins Library, Department of Philosophy
Considerable collection development experience, in terms of identifying patron needs and interests, weeding and deaccessioning, actively keeping abreast of new materials in a variety of fields and areas, and acquiring them with respect to interest and budgetary constraints.
Hired, trained, and coached junior staff and student workers in reference services.
Collaborated with the Harvard Department of Philosophy, the Harvard Library Director, and others to identify items for library budget savings; researched and proposed services and products for future budgetary consideration to meet patrons’ needs and interests.
Developed, built, and maintained Department of Philosophy website, 2006-2013.
Fidelity Investments Institutional Services, Boston MA, 1999-2003
Managed small one-person library, with responsibilities for budgeting, collection development, hiring temporary staff, and providing instruction to patrons on library resources and technology.
Provided reporting on institutional money market funds for company analysis and strategizing; wrote for and edited weekly newsletter distributed company-wide.
Answered ad hoc qualitative research questions to support company products lines and offerings, often under tight deadlines with the need to prioritize competing requests as they arrived.
Assisted library manager in answering reference questions to support company products and offerings.
Cataloged, using in-house proprietary cataloging system, a year’s backlog of reference materials.
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Information and technology instruction
Virtual instruction (synchronous and asynchronous)
Qualitative reference & research
Presentation planning and delivery
Expert proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
Web and graphic design
Exhibit design & set-up
Service to the Profession
Judge, Connecticut History Day, March 2023
Member, Intellectual Freedom Committee, New England Library Association, August 2020-2021
Member, Board of Trustees, Connecticut Library Consortium, November 2019-June 2023.
Immediate Past Chair, July 2022-June 2023
Chair, July 2021-June 2022
Vice-chair/Chair-elect, July 2020-June 2021
Personnel Committee, January 2020-June 2021; chair, July 2020-June 2021
Nominations Committee, chair, July 2022-June 2023
Member, Professional Development Task Force, Connecticut Library Consortium, June 2019-November 2021.
“Players: Tell Me a Story” (Interview). Hartford Magazine. September 2016. 26.
Philosophy Section (editor). (2014). Bowker’s Magazines for Libraries. C. LaGuardia (Ed.). ProQuest.
Philosophy Section (editor). (2012). Bowker’s Magazines for Libraries. C. LaGuardia (Ed.). ProQuest.
“Building Digital Libraries: The Role of Open Source Softwares.” (2010). With Dr. Kshema Prakash and Dr. K. Santi Swarup. In Developing Sustainable Digital Libraries: Socio-Technical Perspectives. IGI Global Publications: 90-107.