By clicking on any of the links in the side bar to the right (or at the bottom on mobile devices), you can navigate to different sections of the portfolio: my Academic/Faculty Service, Education and Work History, Teaching Experience, Professional Development and Presentations. There are also links to supporting materials such as research guides, tutorials, and class materials; my teaching philosophy; and a link to my CV.
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) to set them on the path to lifelong learning [for more detail on my teaching philosophy, see the Quick Links in the sidebar to the right]
- taught more than 350 formal information literacy classes, some by team-teaching with discipline faculty or as an embedded librarian; also I have taught semester long courses in applied computer technology (both in the traditional classroom and online) and a Freshman Orientation seminar;
- chaired the Information Literacy Subcommittee of the Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee, guiding our team through the development of an Information Literacy plan, creation of learning outcomes and a rubric for grading assignments in writing intensive courses;
- lead a team that adapted an online tutorial to assess Information Literacy skills [for more, see the Quick Links in the sidebar];
- participated in team-based outreach to the college community through: an online course supplement in the College’s CMS (WebStudy); use of social media tools such as Facebook and Meebo; and regular contributions to a library blog;
- created research guides, online tutorials and an information literacy wiki [see the Quick Links in the sidebar]; and
- most recently, I worked with two other community college librarians to design and write a proposal for a joint Information Literacy assessment.