What is your current job title and responsibilities?
Regional Campus Assistant Librarian. I work between two campuses each week in UCF Cocoa and UCF Palm Bay. We partner with EFSC (Eastern Florida State College) libraries and work side by side with our partner librarians to serve all the students. Some of my responsibilities are Reference, Collection Development, Outreach, and I also work online as a librarian in several UCF classes.
What is your history at UCF and before UCF?
I’ve been a UCF Librarian for regional campuses and offering online services since 2001. From a Visiting Librarian to Instructor Librarian and now Assistant Librarian the responsibilities have increased for f2f and online assistance. It’s always learning two sets of student needs and changes as the UCF Library and the EFSC library change and adapt. Challenging and interesting at the same time.
This is my fourth career so the path isn’t a conventional one for me. I’m a Graduate Gemologist, public and private school teacher for Special Education students from K-12, worked in a software company as the international contact, and now as a librarian for UCF. Everything I’ve learned along the way helps as a librarian.
What is your academic background?
B.A. Psychology University of Central Florida
MLIS Florida State University
What is your favorite UCF memory?
Working with my fellow UCF regional librarians in our f2f meetings. Since we all work on different campuses, we don’t see each other very much. Meeting together is always entertaining and helpful.
If you could change one thing at UCF, what would it be? ($ and time no object)
Have the kind of reference service online that “clicks an icon” and you can work with students at a distance as though they are in front of you. Seamless technology that allows the student in an online class to click a button and you are f2f with a librarian to help with research. And, it works every time. The librarian and student could see each other and the respective screens so that it’s easy to walk through research and ask questions. This would be on the library website and a service in Canvas.
What is one piece of advice you would like to share with your colleagues?
We do very well in cooperating at a distance and work to maintain our connections, so to always maintain that ability to do so.
If UCF was going to name something in your honor, what would you like it to be and why?
A comfortable bench outside in a shady spot that has outlets/internet connections so devices can be charged and you could study. We all need quiet outdoor space at times.
If you could have lunch with anyone at UCF (who you do not normally eat lunch with), who would you choose and why?
Dr. Dorthy Norris-Tirrill in the College of Health & Public Affairs. Dr. N-T is someone I have worked with online as a librarian in one of her nonprofit classes. It would be interesting to meet f2f and have lunch since we usually communicate by course mail and have never met in person.
Who at UCF would you like to thank for your success?
My fellow librarians and supervisor who are always so willing to help and find a work around to support the regional students and faculty.
Name and describe a teacher or researcher from your past who truly inspired you and why
Dr. Jay Brophy who taught an undergraduate class I was in years ago. It made me think about humans, learning, and thinking in new ways and in very positive terms.
What undergraduate or graduate class/program/experience inspired you the most and why?
My masters at Florida State in Library and Information Studies online was challenging intellectually and technically. I had to learn how to learn online and think about conveying the skills of research in new ways to other students and to work in groups at a distance. It gave me a lot to learn and think about.
What is your favorite restaurant or food?
Pineda Crossings in Melbourne, Fl. They have the best creative seafood dishes and it’s a relaxed atmosphere.
What is your favorite movie, book or music?
I like most types of music, but classical choral music just resonates the most. I don’t think it’s possible to have a favorite book, too many to choose from!
What is your favorite vacation destination?
To relax, Islamorada is my favorite.