Where are you originally from? What's your educational background?
I grew up near Pensacola, Florida, but I moved to Birmingham, Alabama, for college and ended up sticking around there for a while. I earned a bachelor's in biology from Birmingham-Southern College and then a master's in library and information studies from the University of Alabama.
What's your title? How would you describe your position at the Miami Libraries? (roles/responsibilities as you know them so far)
I'm the science librarian, and my subject areas are biology, microbiology and environmental science. I'll be working closely with faculty in those areas (primarily) to instruct their students on library resources & research and to help make sure they have all the tools they need to succeed in their classes. I also have some other general library responsibilities, like reference work and collection development.
What drew you to work in a library environment? Why did you choose the Miami Libraries?
I was a library student assistant during my undergraduate years, and, after I got my bachelor's, I realized that I wouldn't get the same sense of job satisfaction in any other environment. I went back to school for my MLIS, and it was the best decision I've ever made. I continued to work at BSC's library as a student supervisor while I earned my master's. While I was there, I realized what it was that I found so wonderful, and it’s what I learned Miami does just as well (if not better)—it cares about its students.
What's the best part of working in a library?
The people. Librarians and library staff are some of the best and coolest people you'll ever meet.
What's one thing you wish college students knew about using a library?
Don't be afraid to ask us for help! We know that first step into an academic library can be daunting, but we have so many great things behind our doors (both physical and virtual), and we are here to help you utilize them. We live for questions. Ask us!
What's your favorite book? What book character would you most like to be?
Oh geez. Asking me to narrow down the books I like to one favorite is like asking most little kids what they want to be when they grow up: the answer is going to change from day to day. Currently, my favorite author is Terry Pratchett, and his Discworld universe is one I'd be happy to inhabit. Tomorrow, who knows?
It's very cliché for a librarian, but I really like to crochet. I also built my own PC a year or so ago and have been slowly working through my Steam library in my spare time (VERY slowly). I also enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and kayaking. One of my favorite things to do back in Birmingham was to sit out by a pond or lake and just listen to the frogs. Peaceful and chaotic all at once.
What's something people don't know about you that might surprise them?
I was on the drumline in high school and college. I primarily played marimba, and I'm itching to pick up some mallets again.