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BA (English) Pomona College, 2004
MLIS, UCLA, 2008
I am the Arts & Electronic Resources Librarian for Armacost Library.
I work with faculty to ensure access to relevant information resources and teach library orientation classes for programs in the creative arts:
- Creative Writing
- School of Music
I am available for individual research appointments with students, either by appointment or during weekly office hours.
I also coordinate the team that keeps our e-books, e-journals and databases functioning, helping my colleagues to plan for future technologies.
Have you ever tried to get the full text of a journal article from one of Armacost Library's databases, only to run into an error message that was hard to understand? My research tries to understand why these problems occur and how librarians can fix them more effectively.
I conduct electronic resource availability and usability studies, meaning that I test how often people are able to get to the full text of a citation and sort the barriers that I find into categories. Sometimes I test access myself, or I might observe students and faculty using the database. Let me know if you're interested in helping me with this kind of research study!
I've conducted several studies of electronic resource errors at Armacost Library, comparing results before and after I fixed the problems. I presented the results at conferences and wrote a journal article documenting what I had found out.
I also participated in a collaborative research project with other librarians, studying librarian job descriptions to find out what skills are needed in modern libraries to manage physical serials and electronic resources. This helps library schools teach those skills, and helps librarians to find professional development opportunities and evaluate their own performance. Our team developed statements of core competencies for electronic resource librarians and librarians working with print format serials.