Here's What I Do Most Days

My Key Responsibilities

  • Collection Development: I pick out materials to buy for the Social Welfare, Gerontology and Dewey Reference sections of my library.
  • Liaison: I serve as the primary communicator between the Dewey Library and the School of Social Welfare.
  • Outreach: I am responsible for the care and feeding of the Dewey Library Blog, LCD TV slide show display, and library exhibits. I create and oversee the creation of brochures, table tents, pamphlets, and other promotional materials.
  • Find Answers: At the reference desk and one on one I  answer questions, solve problems, find teachable moments.
  • Teaching/Training: I provide hands-on, team-based research seminars as well as in-class instruction
  • Technology: I serve as coordinator of our discovery service (eDiscover) and explore and propose emerging technology solutions for library workflow, staff productivity, and improved library service.
  • One-on-One: I can do funky old school command line searches on specialized databases, citation searching, and in-depth research consultations.

Library Instruction Sessions

  • Social Welfare Research Seminar - This is a team based, interactive seminar required by the School of Social Welfare which introduces MSW students to basic tools and techniques for library research.
  • Evidence-Based Practice - An elective seminar for MSW students that provides interactive independent and team based exercises demonstrating how to locate and evaluate peer-reviewed, evidence based literature for social work research.

Past Instruction Sessions

  • Resources in Gerontology (2008-2013)
  • Using the Web to Communicate and Collaborate (2007 – 2009)
  • Using Library Resources from Home (2005 – 2009)
  • Minerva: The University Libraries’ Online Catalog (2005- 2009)
  • Introduction to Research Databases (2005 – 2009)
  • Using the Internet for Research (2005 -2006)
  • Google Like an Expert (2004)
  • Navigating the Internet Using Search Engines and Subject Directories (2003)
  • Using the PubMed Database to Locate Articles (2003)