Educational background

Master’s in Library and Information Science:

I have an ALA accredited Master’s in Library and Information Science from Dominican University in 2007 – though much of my coursework was done at the College of St. Catherine through their joint program.

My coursework included standard topics like library theory, cataloging, administration, and reference, but also involved the following:

  • Reference in the humanities
  • Collection development
  • User instruction
  • Information policy
  • Information seeking behavior
  • Public library history and theory
  • History of the book
  • Communication for leadership

Projects included traditional research papers, but also extensive presentations, development of collection resources, and multiple projects requiring initial surveys, planning, delivery, and evaluation similar to those needed in library settings.

I particularly focused on issues related to access to information, and on information practices and policies that reflect real and current needs, especially in online settings or when dealing with situations that may not be well understood. I have a particular interest in how libraries can better serve subcommunities that are often subject to incorrect assumptions, such as small religions, or those with different gender identities or relationship orientations.

Bachelor of Arts:

I received my BA from Wellesley College in 1998. I had a double major in Music (focusing on theory and composition) and in Medieval/Renaissance Studies. People often ask if I did much coursework in music from those eras – the answer is no, but I do enjoy it.

I especially enjoyed the interdisciplinary nature of the Medieval/Renaissance Studies major. My courses included everything from Chaucer, Dante, and Shakespeare to English, Italian, and Jewish history to architecture and illuminated manuscripts. The ability to deal with texts as both literary works and historical documents has been particularly helpful to me over the years – and knowing about many aspects of how community and culture fit together has helped me be a better librarian.

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