As a Reference Librarian, my main responsibility is assisting students and faculty in locating appropriate Library resources for their research. I also manage the Library's Learning Commons, maintain Fontbonne's print periodical subscriptions, and oversee our evening/weekend librarians.
Teaching LIB199 Information Literacy in Higher Education is another important activity with which I have been involved since I arrived at Fontbonne in 2004. In LIB199, students explore the many facets of research and how the ever-changing information environment affects them both inside and outside the classroom. I work with other Library faculty to keep the content current.
I also teach CEDC525 Legal and Ethical Issues in Technology for Fontbonne's Instructional Design & Technology program, which addresses these issues relative to the work of teachers and corporate trainers.
As the subject librarian to the Eckelkamp College of Global Business and Professional Studies and to the Biological & Physical Sciences department, I have the opportunity to work with both faculty and students in specific subject areas, providing library services and assisting with research.
Professionally, I serve (or have served) on University committees and local, statewide, and national library committees. I also currently serve as co-editor of the St. Louis Genealogical Society's Quarterly.
I am also a member of Fontbonne's HANDS (Hooks and Needles Doing Service), a volunteer group that meets to knit and crochet shawls which are shared with members of the Fontbonne community going through difficult times.
I hold a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science (MLIS) from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Bachelor’s Degree (BA) from St. Louis University.
Before coming to Fontbonne in 2004, I was a software trainer for a major library software vendor, working with librarians and library staff around the country. Prior to obtaining my MLIS, I worked as an executive assistant in numerous industries, including electrical construction, interior design, and wireless communications, and, before that, as a young adult program coordinator for the Catholic Youth Council.
Away from the library, I enjoy traveling (Alaska is my favorite place so far!), researching my family history, crocheting, and reading (especially non-fiction). I am also a fan of Cardinals baseball & University of Kentucky basketball.