Love of

Libraries

ABOUT

On the first day of my third week working in a library, I knew libraries are where I belong. I enjoyed teaching as an adjunct professor at UNO, a university that is made up of non-traditional students who are often attending college as the first in their families or returning to school at an older age. I later served as a manager to Federal Work Study students, helping them learn how to work at a job as well as balance their school, personal, and work lives.

I began working on my MLIS at Louisiana State University but had to stop due to my work demands at Loyola University Library. I have taken the torch back up with Florida State University and am currently studying for my Master of Science in Information with a Graduate Certificate in Youth Servies. I hope to soon serve the Greater New Orleans area as a libarian, and one day I want to give back to the university community of students by teaching some aspect of Library Sciences later in my career.

This is my LinkedIn profile if you'd like to learn more about my professional work.

RESUME

LIBRARY EXPERIENCE

Learning Commons Manager and Coordinator

August 2016 – January 2018

Loyola University, New Orleans LA

  • Hired, managed, scheduled, and evaluated two full time and two part time library staff to create highest level user experience possible

  • Trained, scheduled, mentored, and supervised forty-five student workers so that they could learn to balance school/work/life

  • Provided customer service at the front desk to students, professors, and public 10-20 hours per week to connect

users with their needed information and supplies

  • Lead learning commons staff team in the creation of a front desk wiki to assist front desk student workers in their daily tasks

  • Collaborated with student career center to create resume writing workshop so front desk student workers could capitalize on their student work experience

  • Cooperated with university administrators and various academic departments to host special events in the library

Library Associate I

February 2015 – August 2016

Jefferson Parish Public Library, Metairie and Marrero LA

  • Contributed excellent user experiences at front desk 4-8 hours a day to build library reputation as a top service provider

  • Taught one hour group and one-on-one digital literacy classes once a week to support local users meet their technology goals

  • Invented and implemented story time readings and activities for young children once a week to enrich their literary and creative spirits

  • Joined with manager to create daily Summer Reading Program activities to help kids of all ages maintain learning throughout the summer

  • Wrote an introduction to the main branch document to help orient new hires to daily, weekly, and monthly duties

  • Oriented and supported new Grand Isle library associate to story time readings and activities so he could deliver high quality story time to his community

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Tutor and Adjunct Professor

August 2007 – May 2011

University of New Orleans, New Orleans LA

  • Tutored up to six students daily in one-on-one writing lab sessions to improve their essay writing and ability to decode assignments

  • Taught one to two three credit hour classes of introductory English composition courses each semester to prepare students for higher level writing in future courses

  • Presented tours of the writing center to classes of twenty or more freshman students to help them acclimate to the tutoring environment and discover available resources

  • Held email conversations with professors about essay requirements for the students being tutored to better understand and tutor about those assignments

  • Collaborated with other composition professors in bi-weekly meetings to strengthen department-wide goals

CREATIVE EXPERIENCE

Sales Floor Associate

May 2019 – March 2020

The Bead Shop, New Orleans LA

  • Inspired customers to create one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces to celebrate their individuality

  • Connected customers with one item among thousands to fulfill their bead desires

  • Provided excellent customer service to local residents and visitors from around the world to enhance and expand the reputation of the shop

  • Tracked and reported stock daily to supervisor to have essential products available

  • Repaired and modified jewelry to fit the customer’s desire

  • Hand-made original jewelry pieces at the direction of the in-house repair specialist or the customer to fulfill the customer’s jewelry vision

  • Contributed to social media postings three times a week to increase digital reach

Special Effects Technician

March 2014 – January 2015

Dead House Designs, Kenner LA

  • Built electrical special effects in Escape Rooms in various cities to entertain customers

  • Stayed within larger $100k+ budget for the build to please the client

  • Trained with a computer engineer on show control software to enhance understanding of complete systems control

  • Functioned under tight timelines with must meet opening dates to satisfy the client’s needs

Graduate School

Master of Science in Information : May 2022
Graduate Certificate in Youth Services
GPA 4.0

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing : May 2010
T
eaching assistantship
100 page thesis
GPA: 3.98

Publications

● Critical essay on Little Women in The Reader’s Response 2003

● Photograph in Ellipsis 2009

● Short story “Five Pixels” in SLAB Literary Magazine 2012

● Short story “Dead Hook” with Sibling Rivalry Press as a pay per copy Digital Single October 2012

● Publication with Belle Journal for short story “God Bless Bon Bons” February 2013

● Publication in Haunt World Magazine for informative article about creating faux-brick walls March 2014

● Publication on Violet Windows e-magazine for fantasy story “Karook the Sword Armed” 2016

● Publication on Hello Horror e-magazine for flash fiction piece “Cecelia” 2017

● Interview with MakeupMag.com for work with House of Shock makeup artistry October 2017

Undergraduate Schooling

Bachelor of Arts : May 2007
Loyola University New Orleans

Creative writing concentration
GPA 3.9

Southeastern Louisiana University and Delgado Community College attended during high school over summer breaks

COURSES

LIS 7000 Information and Society: Information as a concept, and its uses and meanings in contemporary global society.

LIS 7011 Information Needs and Information Seeking: User-centered approaches to meeting information needs of individuals and communities; community analysis, user studies and user-centered design of services and resources. Closing the New Digital Divide paper written for this course.

LIS 7912 Science Fiction and Fantasy in Libraries: Examining current and past science fiction and fantasy novels for use in the library setting, including childrens, teens, and adult literature. Teen Writing Program paper written for this course.

LIS 5485 Introduction to Information Technology: This course introduces students to Information Technology (IT) on a theoretical and practical level. The course reviews the underlying concepts of IT as embodied in operating systems, hardware, application software, website creation and networks. When the Mayo Spills Over: A Piggybacking Story paper written for this course. Evaluating my computer's performance.

LIS 5565 Information Needs of Young Adults: An overview of the characteristics and the information needs of young adults and the resources and strategies that may assist adults and youth in meeting these needs. Developmental stages of young adults are taken into consideration in understanding their information needs. Book Talk video for this course. Comparing and contrasting The Handmaid's Tale novel and graphic novel.

LIS 5408 Management of Information Organizations: This is an introductory course in management of information organizations within a variety of organizational contexts. It is designed to develop a conceptual framework for integrating fundamental management concepts, principles, policies, theories, and practices into an effective personal management process that relates to information organizations of the 21st century.

LIS 5524 Instructional Role of the Information Professional: This course focuses on three concepts: merging instruction theory with practice; learning how to create an instruction program; and learning how to become a successful instructor in information settings. Lesson Plan written for this course. My Personal Learning Network presentation.

LIS 5271 Research in Information Studies: This is an introductory course in applied research methods in the social sciences with a particular emphasis on information studies. It will provide an overview of the basic issues and methods that information professionals should consider when collecting, analyzing, and evaluating data regarding information programs and services.

LIS 5602 Marketing: The purpose of this course is to provide the motivated audience of students with the concepts, techniques and illustrative examples needed to develop first-rate marketing skills. These skills will facilitate strategic planning that is cost effective and customer-centered in its approach.

LIS 5603 Introduction to Information Services: Introduces reference/information work using print and online sources; the course also explores current trends, professional topics, and issues relevant to information-providing agencies in traditional and online environments.

LIS 5703 Information Organization: Establishes conceptual and practical frameworks for organizing and retrieving information, including the study of systems, their objectives and structures, formats, standards, and vocabularies; and the information object and its relationship to organizing systems and to other information objects.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Attended ALA Annual Conference 2016 on scholarship from LSU

  • Served as ALA Student Chapter President for LSU MLIS program

  • Lightning Round Presentation at NOLA Information Literacy Conference 2016

READING

Professional reading

The Portable MLIS -- Part of our lives : a people's history of the American public library -- I Work at a Public Library: a collection of crazy stories from the stacks -- Library and Information Centers Management -- Library: an unquiet history -- This Book is Overdue!: how librarians and cybrarians can save us all -- Are Libraries Obsolete?: an argument for relevance in the digital age

For pleasure

The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted: and other small acts of liberation -- Of Two Minds: the growing disorder in American psychiatry -- The Devil You Know -- The Bees -- Now, Discover Your Strengths -- Ash -- The Giver -- Seven Brief Lessons on Physics -- Fahrenheit 451 -- Caffeinated -- Tales from Both Sides of the Brain: a life in neuroscience -- The Boundaries of Humanity: humans, animals, machines -- Cut and Run series -- Shock and Awe series