Introduction

Welcome! This site contains a summary of my professional experience and my journey as a Library and Information Science graduate student at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies. I began the program in July of 2009 and completed it in December of 2011. In addition to the MSLIS degree, I also obtained a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Digital Libraries.

Currently, I am the Project Manager for the Durst Old York Library project at Columbia University's Avery Library. This is a three year project to intake a private collection of materials related to New York City's history, specifically architectural and real estate, given to the Library by the Durst family. The project also includes a digital collection component as well as a mandate for classroom use of the collection.

Understandable information and empowered decision-making

My professional career spans 14 years and a variety of roles and industries, but there are two common threads that run through all of my work experiences:

  • A desire to make information understandable and available to the right people at the right time
  • A focus on technology as a tool to empower decision-making

Whether building web-based market research tools, creating complex financial models for executive teams, or designing new features for healthcare payment reconciliation engines, my main purpose has always been to give end users the tools they need to make informed decisions on crucial issues. It was this passion for serving a community through the use of information that led me to consider librarianship as a logical next step in my career.

What fuels my passion

At Syracuse, I explored the various ways in which librarians serve their communities. From creating lesson plans and study guides, to cataloging resources, to building digital collections from the ground up, my experiences taught me that librarians do not concern themselves with resources as much as with the relationship between resources and those who need and use them. This is a focus that has been the central tenet of the profession for a long time; at least as far back as 1931, when S. R. Ranganathan detailed his five laws of Library Science, the first of which reminds us that books are for use. Librarianship is not just about books anymore, (if ever it was); as the types and amount of media available have increased exponentially over the last few decades, this concept has become ever more important. It is the desire to fulfill this connection that fuels my passion for librarianship.

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