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 done 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.
I believe very strongly in the teaching role of academic librarians and I greatly value my work at the Reference Desk as well as in the classroom for the variety of interactions and influence we can have on students: from ready reference, to point-of-use instruction on a wide array of topics, to informal academic advising. I think it is the most interesting, varied, and challenging work I have ever done.
My philosophy of teaching is based on two main goals: 1) to help students gain the knowledge and skills they need to become passionate learners and 2)help them establish a habit of lifelong learning.