Public Services Librarian / Associate Professor
Office: Melick Library
MSLIS, Library Science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2003
BA, English, Illinois State University, 2002
I teach Information Literacy skills to students in both a classroom setting and one-on-one at the Reference desk. I enjoy making research easier for students who may not have had much experience prior to coming to Eureka College. I especially like to impart database searching tips/tricks that will go beyond the general “Google” approach, to really create more efficient search experiences. I also enjoy helping students identify and locate primary sources.
I am an ALA and ACRL member, having attended multiple national conventions sponsored by these library groups. I have also been active in serving on multiple CARLI consortial committees, including the Public Services team and the I-OPAC team since 2004. I have given presentations at CARLI-sponsored events on serials maintenance, using surveys as assessment tools in Information Literacy, and also gave a presentation on the “Challenges to Libraries in the Digital Age” to a home extension group in Winnebago County as a guest lecturer in 2012.
I have served as the coach/advisor the Eureka College Bowl Team since 2004 and am the faculty Moodle Coordinator on campus. I am a member of the Board of Directors of the Peoria Area Civic Chorale, as well as a veteran singing member of the organization. I enjoy reading Jane Austen fiction and fan fiction, as well as Victorian era British Literature in general. I am an animal shelter awareness advocate, urging others to “opt to adopt” when considering adding a pet to their households.