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May 2007 - Present 

Reference Librarian & Electronic Content Specialist
HUNTINGTON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, HEALTH SCIENCES LIBRARY, PASADENA , CA 91109

Primary job functions: Oversee the management of the library’s electronic resources (electronic books, journals & online databases) including resource activation & access, implementation & usage tracking, link resolver (OvidSP LinkSovler & Pubmed LinkOut) setup and maintenance. Maintain and update hospital’s online catalog (EOS Web Express). Provide reference and research services to the hospital’s clinical and administrative staff. Maintain content on the library’s Intranet and Internet web pages.

Accomplishments:
  • Creation of Healthy Teens Pasadena website as part of National Library of Medicine grant
  • Creation of screen capture tutorials using Screenr for: Offsite Access to Library Resources, Nursing Forum, OvidSP
  • Conducted survey on smartphone use within the hospital
  • Creation of Technology Users Group at the hospital
  • Increased usage of electronic journals via easy to navigate A to Z and subject lists (online library usage increased by 235%, specific journal package subscription usage increased between 25% to 90% in first year after implementation)
  • Implemented RefWorks bibliographic management software to share reading lists (e.g. Huntington Authors)
  • Employed LinkCounter link tracking service to help track usage of resources
  • Activated PubMed LinkOut for direct linking to library’s electronic journal subscriptions (e.g.
  • Authored guide for the installation and use of point of care mobile apps (Mobile Medicine)

November 2003 - May 2007

Reference Librarian/Web Content Manager
SPECIALTY COFFEE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, LONG BEACH, CA 90802

Primary job functions: Respond to SCAA members, press and general public inquiries about specialty coffee. Manage onsite and electronic libraries and collections. Develop online and print collections of books, periodicals, videos and other information pertinent to specialty coffee. Manage content on the SCAA website. Staff liaison to SCAA’s Sustainability Committee.

Accomplishments:
  • Implemented Softlink’s Liberty3 Online Library to create an online repository for SCAA’s print & electronic resources: 400+ books, 200+ videos, 500+ presentations, 400+ mp3/mp4audio files (SCAA’s member usage averaged 1050 visits/month)
  • Implemented three wikis: SCAA Conference Presenters Manual and Roasting Handbook on Editme.com (see screenshots here); and, Sustainability Committee wiki on Stikipad (see screenshots here)
  • Partnered with other national/international coffee associations, organizations and businesses to provide information to membership
  • Visited South Indian coffee and tea plantations in Bangalore, Coorg, & Chikmagalur on SCAA’s Origin Tour in 2004


March 2002 - October 2003

Librarian
EVEREST COLLEGE LIBRARY, EVEREST COLLEGE, RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA 91730

Primary job functions: Oversee all functions of the library as solo librarian. Provide reference and instructional services to compliment students’ research projects. Develop print and online collections in the areas of business, criminal justice and law.

Accomplishments:
  • Implemented Athena online library system for a collection of 900+ books, 26 periodicals, and 50+ videos.
  • Increased online database (LIRN) usage by 614% (from 70 visits/quarter to 500 visits/quarter)
  • Increased average monthly library visits by 37.5% (from 229 students/mo to 315 students/mo)
  • Increased student inquiries by 12% (from 65 questions/mo to 73 questions/mo)
  • Received Parthenon Special Recognition, Award of Excellence, 2002-2003, from Corinthian Colleges, Inc. (Everest’s parent company)


June 1997 - March 2002

Technical Reference Librarian (Librarian III)
SHERMAN FAIRCHILD LIBRARY, CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, PASADENA, CA 91125

Primary job functions: Provide research services on subjects related to science & engineering. Liaison with faculty, students and staff in aeronautics, applied mathematics, applied mechanics, mechanical engineering. Develop electronic and print collections. Create and implement new training materials and services as part of the Education Team. Develop and maintain library web pages as part of Web Committee.

Accomplishments:
  • Created four new instructional sessions for Business Resources, Patent Searching, 
  • Market Research and Endnote bibliographic management software 
  • Pioneered a usability study of the library’s website. 
  • Marketed and created buy-in for the library’s digital collections, technical reports and 
  • electronic theses repositories 


December 1998 - 2003

Library Consultant (Part-time)
PLATT COLLEGE, 7474 N. FIGUEROA STREET, LOS ANGELES, CA 90041
  • conducted site review of Los Angeles, Ontario and Newport Beach campus libraries
  • reviewed collection relative to programs offered and library policies and procedures
  • evaluated each campus library
  • wrote reports with findings and recommendations for improvement


September 1996 - 2002 (various intervals)

Reference Librarian (Librarian I, Part-time)
UNIVERSITY LIBRARY, CALIFORNIA STATE POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY, POMONA, CA 91768

Primary job function: Provide research services in the areas of Agriculture, Business, Science and Engineering, Law, Life Sciences, Education, Hotel and Restaurant Management and the Humanities.


November 1996 - June 1997

Technical Reports Cataloger (Part-time)
MILLIKAN MEMORIAL LIBRARY, CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, PASADENA, CA 91125
Primary job function: Catalog Caltech technical report series collections for Aeronautics & Environmental Engineering


November 1996 - June 1997

Information Specialist (Clinical Librarian I, Part-time)
NORRIS MEDICAL LIBRARY, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES, CA 90089
Primary job functions: Provide medical research services to students, faculty, staff and general public. Instruct in the use of reference works, library research techniques, and electronic information sources. Perform Medline, Cinahl and other database searches for physicians and staff at USC County Hospital. Teach beginning Medline & Internet classes.


September 1995 - June 1996

Reference Desk Assistant (Library Assistant IV, Part-time)
LOUISE DARLING BIOMEDICAL LIBRARY, U.C.L.A., LOS ANGELES, CA 90024

Primary job function: Assist faculty, students and staff in health and life sciences research.


June 1995 - September 1995

Researcher
LOS ANGELES TIMES, TIMES MIRROR SQUARE, LOS ANGELES, CA 90053
Primary job functions: Searched online full-text newspaper database in Dialog. Searched the Times' internal BRS database. Indexed newspaper articles for an in-house database on victims of homicide. Researched local area newspapers on microfilm.

February 1991 - July 1992

Conversational English Teacher
WORLD LANGUAGE INSTITUTE, GIFU CITY, GIFU PREFECTURE, JAPAN
Taught conversational English to adults and children. 


June 1990 - February 1991

Legal Indexer (Full-time Temporary)
ARCO & SKADDEN, ARPS, SLATE, MEAGHER & FLOM
Indexed company documents for legal deposition database.
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