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With a passion for innovative media, education, and scholarship, I integrate a commitment to society with a need for balance in the Information Age. As an information professional, I seek answers to questions like: how do we develop responsibility for information "objects" -- from digital media and software, to 3D-printer layouts -- that are easily shared and modified? How are online search and index tools changing the way we interact with information?

My studies range from philosophy, psychology, biology, and chemistry, to comparative religion, history, and anthropology. My philosophy training provides critical thinking, logical structuring, and concept organization, while my background in both physical and social sciences allows me to intuitively analyze and interpret complex data structures. Within these structures, I discover a rich context by which social and economic questions are answered.

I am interested in understanding the interdependence of humans and technology, and how information access might reduce social boundaries and strengthen communities through education. In addition, I seek to discover models for analyzing and designing ergonomically- and ecologically-sustainable technologies. Finally, I enjoy finding relationships among dynamic systems -- from social and neural networks, to galactic and weather patterns.

Thanks to a diverse and stimulating range of social encounters, I have developed the ability to recognize and successfully communicate ideas among different age, ethnic, and economic groups.  I am able to strike a balance among wide-ranging parameters, for example those of formal tradition with those of modern advances, or those of individuals with those of society.  This allows me to arbitrate discrepancies in a creative and professional manner.

Work experience

Nov 2014Present

Adult Services Library Assistant

Kalamazoo Public Library

• Provide local history research and correspondence
• Maintain and update local history archive materials
• Create local history content for social media sites

May 2013Present

Youth Services Library Assistant

Kalamazoo Public Library

• Provide programming support for Youth Services events

• Assist patrons at Children's and Teen public service desks

• Provide Ready 2 Read early childhood literacy event support

May 2012Nov 2014

Substitute Librarian

Kalamazoo Public Library

• Perform copy cataloging of books in MARC format using SirsiDynix

• Assist patrons with reader's advisory and reference services• Locate materials and instruct patrons in use of all library resources

May 2006Nov 2014

Nurse Aide

Park Place Assisted Living

• Work with families and staff to provide optimal care

• Assist residents with medical, hygienic, and daily activities

• As Team Leader, manage Aides, incidents, and medical reports

Mar 2011May 2013

Library Aide

Kalamazoo Public Library

• Operated switchboard; assisted staff with data organization and research

• Assisted patrons with periodicals, microfilm, and image scanning• Provided resource check-out, discharge, sorting and shelving

Jul 2010Jun 2012

Tech Intern

Kalamazoo Public Library

• Assisted patrons with computer and internet access issues • Developed instructional tools for library technology use • Provided various technical and reference support services

Jan 2011May 2011

Practicum Volunteer

Emory W. Morris Learning Resource Center

• Accessioned and digitized historical archive materials• Assisted in managing collection development project• Provided reference service to students and staff

May 2010Oct 2010


Generation-E Institute

• Organized collection of resources for non-profit organization • Designed Access database in accordance to staff needs • Catalogued books, multimedia, and games in database

Sep 2005May 2006

Sales Assistant

Staples Office Supply

• Assisted with electronics, stationary, and furniture sales• Operated store kiosks, cash registers, and photocopiers• Stocked shelves and maintained product displays

Oct 2003Sep 2005

Student Aide

Willard Public Library

• Provided item check-out, return, and shelving services • Assisted patrons with payments, faxes, and photocopies • Updated ILS with new and modified patron records



Integrated Library Systems and Digital Archiving
SirsiDynix Enterprise, Integrated Interfaces Millennium CONTENTdm digital collection management software
Web & Graphic Design
Microsoft Expression Design, Web, Blend, Encoder, Media HTML, CSS, Javascript
Office Software Applications
Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher, Visio, OneNote, SharePoint  Adobe Acrobat Pro  



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