What is your current job title and responsibilities ?
Department Head, Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Services John C. Hitt Library
I oversee the Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Services Department which processes approximately 70,000-80,000 requests a year. The department supports the research needs of faculty, students and staff of UCF, and patrons throughout the world.
What is your history at UCF and before UCF?
I’ve been a department head since I started in January 2004.
Previous jobs include:
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Head of Interlibrary Loan
North Dakota State Library, Reference and Interlibrary Loan Librarian
What is your academic background?
I have a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
What is your favorite UCF memory?
The first one that comes to mind is jumping into the reflection pond during homecoming my first year here.
If you could change one thing at UCF, what would it be? ($ and time no object)
I would add an elementary school on campus where children of faculty, staff and students could attend.
What is one piece of advice you would like to share with your colleagues?
Follow your dreams; reach for your goals; aim high.
If UCF was going to name something in your honor, what would you like it to be and why?
I’d like to have a fleet of Segways named in my honor. I’d love to see Segways zooming around campus delivering books and other materials to faculty offices, staff and student dorms.
If you could have lunch with anyone at UCF (who you do not normally eat lunch with), who would you choose and why?
I would like to gather people from a variety of departments and fellow faculty and staff who have adopted or are raising children of a different culture or race. I’d really like to have a discussion of race, culture, identity development, and gather some parenting tips from those more experienced than myself.
Who at UCF would you like to thank for your success?
Barry Baker, Director of Libraries. He gave me the freedom and the ability to create the vision for the department that I imagined when I first came.
Name and describe a teacher or researcher from your past who truly inspired you and why.
My 3rd grade teacher, Ms. Healy. She helped me blossom and allowed me to “volunteer” in the school library.
What undergraduate or graduate class/program/experience inspired you the most and why?
I can remember coming out of my first week of library science classes and calling home to say I’d found my niche. This was the right profession for me.
What is your favorite restaurant or food?
I crave a good steak, baked potato and green beans. I’m a Midwest “meat and potatoes” person.
What is your favorite movie, book or music?
My favorite book is a children’s book: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst – because we all have those days.
What is your favorite vacation destination?
My favorite destination is Ethiopia. My daughter was born there. I would like to continue to make trips there to continue to explore the culture and land.