In August 2012, I accepted the position of Learning Commons Librarian and Assistant Professor at Georgia Southern University, in Statesboro, GA. Prior to that, I was a Reference and Instruction Librarian at the Community College of Philadelphia’s Main Campus Library for more than 10 years. In addition to teaching formal classes in information literacy and research methods, I have experience teaching a computer applications course (both in the traditional classroom and online) and a Freshman Orientation seminar. As a Department Liaison, I have pursued collection development in a variety of subject areas in the social and biomedical sciences. In Technical Services, I have a background in serials control and management, including staff training and the documentation of policies and procedures. Since July 2017, I have transition to the role of Scholarly Communications Librarian and Associate Professor in Zach S. Henderson Library.
As a library faculty member, my philosophy of teaching is based on two main objectives: 1) to help students gain the knowledge and skills they need to become passionate learners and critical thinkers; and 2) to help them establish a habit of lifelong learning.
I believe very strongly in the teaching role of academic librarians which ranges from point-of-use instruction in the library to formal classroom instruction. These settings offer us rich opportunities to work collaboratively with both students and discipline faculty and I think it is the most interesting, varied, and challenging work I have ever done.