I’m nothing without my people. Congrats!
Working in libraries and meeting amazing people seem to go hand in hand. I want to send a big CONGRATS to the following individuals, all of whom have been (knowing or unknowingly) positive, supportive, and inspirational friends. They have all (semi) recently landed post-MLS, professional librarian positions and I know they’ll be doing awesome work for their lucky institutions.
School Media Specialist at Bolivar-Richburg Central School
Karen and I were undergraduates at St. John Fisher College and worked in the campus library together. We also both went through the Syracuse iSchool program (although a few years apart and she went the school media route). I have had the good fortune to spend time with Karen outside the library through a few mutual friends, and I must say, she is a riot. I know that her kindness and creative spirit will serve her well in the school librarian role.
Jason W. Dean
Cataloger & Technical Services Librarian at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Jason is another Syracuse iSchool grad (2010) and in January of 2011 he started working at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. I could try to tell you more about what he does, exactly, but it would be much more interesting for you to hear it in his own words over at The Dean Files. Meeting Jason and his lovely wife Jen at ALA in DC was one of my highlights of 2010! They definitely class my friends list up a few notches, and are always there with ideas for collaboration, words of wisdom, and priceless gems of sarcasm and wit.
Technology & Public Services Librarian at Champlain College
Lindsey was a student employee when I worked as a staff member at Rochester Institute of Technology’s Wallace Library. We were in the Information Delivery Services (IDS) department and I guarantee it was the most rocking-est department there. We developed a strong friendship and Lindsey went on to earn her MLS from UNC-Chapel Hill this fall. This woman is truly phenomenal, bringing constant smiles to my face with her thoughtfulness through handmade letters, hilarious interweb exchanges, and unending planning for meet ups that inevitably don’t work out (one day we will see each other in real life once again). When I think of Rochester, I think of Lindsey Main. I know that as a librarian, she is going to BRING IT and make many awesome technology things happen at Champlain.
Adjunct Reference & Instruction Librarian at HACC-York
Amy has been a rock for me ever since I moved to Pennsylvania in 2008. As my first undergraduate library intern, she taught me so much about the institutional culture at Millersville University and has given me the courage to initiate change many times. I am amazed by her unending stamina as a mother, writer, photographer, future-resident-of-Montana, scholar (finished her MLS in 2010 and just started her MA in English), librarian, wood-chopper, and friend. I have it on good authority that her unique skill-set is already proving to be visible and valuable in the community college setting.
Research and Instructional Services Librarian at Dickinson College
Christina interned with me earlier this summer while she was finishing up her MLS from Rutgers University. Not two weeks after she completed her degree, she was offered a position that’s giving her valuable, real-world experience. Highly organized and motivated, Christina has one of the best work ethics I have seen to date. She knows how to assess a situation, fill the need with a solution, and make it all work to her professional advantage. Whichever direction she decides to take after this one-year appointment, I know she will be successful.
I can’t wrap this post up without also saying congrats to Tina Hertel, the new Trexler Library Director at Muhlenberg College. Tina is the enthusiastic force behind much of my involvement with the Pennsylvania Library Association and is certainly someone I aspire to emulate. I’m really looking forward to her continued vision of leadership within PA.
These congrats are well overdue. So pleased to count you all as colleagues!