ABOUT ME
I am an MLIS degreed library professional with a passion for sharing how the rapidly evolving technologies of our time will affect and improve virtually every aspect of our lives. We live in a time where the average individual has access to more information than at any other time in the history of our species. As librarians of the 21st century, it is our mission and privilege to guide people in how to navigate, assess, and integrate this often overwhelming torrent of information. My background in digital design, web development, emerging technology, information literacy, and sustainable change informs my mindful but forward thinking approach to librarianship.

Fueled by my passion to understand the nuances of information literacy and the merging of our technologies within society, I am a"life-long student", eager to build on both my academic foundations of Information Science and stay in tune with emerging library and technology trends through continued course work.

My determination to turn information into action has served me well, playing a large part in helping the Ames Free Library to be selected as a best small town library in America 2016 finalist by Library Journal and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as well as being a featured presenter at Computers in Libraries 2018 National Conference for my work developing GPS enabled self-guided historical and architectural tours through the izi.travel platform.

Working as the Head of Technology & User Experience at the Ames Free Library in North Easton, MA, I leverage my technological expertise to improve patron experience, modernize processes, and help guide the long term vision of the library.

Currently I am the Assistant Director of the West Bridgewater Public Library in West Bridgewater, MA.  I was brought aboard in February of 2018 to improve efficiencies, leverage my technological expertise to expand servies and programming, and modernize the libraries patron resources and internal processes.

I am available for consultation work on all aspects of library technology. Below, please find my resume. For more information please reach out to me via the CONTACT page.
 


RESUME

EDUCATION

2014 Masters, Library & Information Science
Simmons College GSLIS, Boston, MA
2005 Bachelor of Arts, English/Communications
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams, MA

EMPLOYMENT

February 2018 - Present Assistant Director
               West Bridgewater Public Library, W. Bridgewater, MA
  • Represent the library in the absence of the Library Director.
  • Involved in all hiring and termination decisions, supervision and disciplinary actions.
  • Responsible for staff training.
  • Budget creation, facilities management, and collection development.
  • Responsible for developing and overseeing overarching technological plan for library.
  • Oversees library programming.
  • Maintain's library's web presence via website development, maintenance and content creation.
  • Oversee's all social media channels.
  • Marketing, outreach, and community engagement.
  • Resource for training and maintenance of Makerspace resources.

August 2015 - February 2018 Head of Technology & User Experience
               Ames Free Library, North Easton, MA
  • Perform technical, administrative & professional work in the planning, installation, programming & maintenance of network equipment, services, workstations & multimedia resources.
  • Direct all aspects of technology implementation & policy as well as patron & staff interaction with said technologies.
  • Trains staff & patrons in use of various hardware & software packages.
  • Serves as key decision maker when Executive Director and Assistant Director are not present.
  • Acquires & implements new technologies in support of library goals.
  • Maintain communication and active service contracts with outside vendors.
  • Maintains, updates, & improves library's online presence, including library's website.
  • Responsible for digital design & public relations, creating digital signage graphics, edited images & videos, etc. for advertising & web presence.
  • Responsible for management of library telephone system and VOIP.
  • Provides reference services to patrons.

April 2014 - August 2015 Reference, Information & Technology Services Librarian
               Ames Free Library, North Easton, MA
  • Provide professional & technical support to patrons & staff.
  • Maintain library website & initiate content ideas.
  • Create new & support existing platforms for library instruction.
  • Work with staff on emerging technologies.
  • Maintain & update library's technology infrastructure as needed.
  • Assess potential of new technologies & embed technologies into library as appropriate.
  • Schedule programming, reserve appropriate space, & provide technical support to presenters.
  • Ensure Queset House & Digital Media Lab maintains full operational capacity.
  • Serve as point of contact for service vendors in absence of Assistant Director.

July 2013 - March 2014 Reference Librarian
               Ventress Memorial Library, Marshfield, MA
  • Staff reference desk during all hours outside of programming, providing readers' advisory & research assistance to patrons.
  • Assessed Young Adult area space needs, redesigning the space, increasing teen library attendance by 45% & usage of the space by over 80%.
  • Provide impromptu technological training & database education to patrons.
  • Be library's primary point of contact for patron & staff technical support & technology information.
  • Develop & maintain YA collection.
  • Create & implement programming with the goal of increasing teen engagement.
  • Identify the needs of the community in relation to technology. Develop & teach user instruction sessions designed to answer said needs.

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Speaker at Computers in Libraries National Conference 2018.
  • Presenter at MLA Conference 2017Graphic Design & Libraries.
  • MLA Annual Conference Technology Liaison 2017.
  • Head of Ames Free Library Tech Committee 2017.
  • Created Ames Free Library 5 Year Tech Plan 2017.
  • Library Legislation Day Presenter & Attendee 2017.
  • Presenter at MLA Conference 2016 Community Engagement: Holistic Programming for Public Libraries.
  • Presenter at SAILS Library Showcase 2016 ​Digitization for the Average Patron: Preserving Family Memories.
  • Library Legislation Day Presenter & Attendee 2016.
  • Successfully directed upgrade of Ames Free Library website from RFP, bid process, vendor selection, design, and final lauch of responsive new site 2015.
  • Published in Public Libraries Online, a publication of the Public Library Association.
  • Presenter at NELA Conference 2014 Tinker, Create, Build, Make!: Makerspaces in Public Libraries.
  • Successful creation and grand opening of Learning Commons @ Queset House.
  • Presenter at first annual TeenCon South 2013.

TECHNOLOGY SKILLS

  • Computer hardware replacement/installation/repair & networking.
  • e-Readers, tablets, smartphones, mobile devices, and related software/applications.
  • integrated audiovisual/media systems, virtual assistant/automation/AI (Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Siri, etc.)
  • Consumer robotics such as Sphero, Cozmo, etc. 
  • Social media platforms. 
  • Adobe Creative Cloud suite of products, Canva, etc. for image and audio manipulation & advertisment design.
  • Basic web coding & webpage design including languages such as CSS, Javascript, Drupal & HTML5, software such as Textwrangler & Dreamweaver, consumer website services such as Wordpress, Sitebuilder, etc.
  • Online media sharing such as Prezi, YouTube, Jing, Google Drive, Instagram, etc.
  • Online database & reference resources such as Novelist, EBSCO, Gale, ProQuest, Lynda.com, Mango Languages, Learning Express, Niche Academy, etc.
  • Experienced user of ILS & content management systems, Sirsi Dynix, Workflows, Eventkeeper, Deep Freeze, Clean Slate, Time Limit Manager, Envisionware, & Mailchimp.
  • Proficient in consumer digital content platforms such as Amazon Kindle Reader, Overdrive, Hoopla, Kanopy, etc.
  • Experienced with Arduino, Raspberry Pi, LittleBits & associated basic coding.
  • 3D printing and design using TinkerCAD and other 3D design & printing software.