Brennan Murray

Brennan Murray

Philosophy

The nature of information is changing.  Communication technologies are driving humanity towards an increasingly hyperconnected and collaborative society.  While the potential to share ideas and creations is limitless, we must move towards this inevitable future as effective and ethical users of information.  

The skills of the 21st century learner and worker are based on critical thinking, communication and innovation.  It is imperative to build these strengths in our citizens through effective information literacy instruction.  Librarians and information specialists must play a key role in developing these talents, and I hope to have the opportunity to participate in this noble goal.  

Below are listings of my previous experience and education.  I have also included samples of lessons, presentations, and other work that showcase my abilities as a communicator.  

Work History

Work History
Feb 2008 - Present

Programmatic Researcher

University of Rhode Island
  • Conducted programmatic research for the Metcalf Institute for Environmental Reporting.
  • Assisted in planning for the Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists.
Aug 2008 - Nov 2008

Acting District Supervisor (Interpretation)

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  • Handled supervisory responsibilities for park employees and volunteers.
  • Prepared monthly and year-end statistical reports.
  • Assisted in planning of interpretive programs.
  • Was liaison to public presenters and special guests of Cape Cod National Seashore.
Jun 2004 - Aug 2008

Park Ranger (Interpretation)

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  • Researched, created and led many interpretive programs for the park. Programs were aimed at all demographics in order to give a detailed understanding of the area’s rich cultural and natural history.
  • Was part of a team effort, working with several of the park divisions to improve the interpretive experience of the visitor.
  • Handled Visitor Center operations including fees, patron orientation to the park, and bookstore operation.
Mar 2007 - Jun 2007

Park Ranger (Education)

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  • Collaborated with local schools to establish educational programs based upon the “Parks as Classrooms” initiative.Programs were given both in the schools and within the park, allowing students to connect with the resource and to learn about the environment.
  • Assisted in developing the curriculum of Cape Cod National Seashore’s Education Department.
  • Contacted outside educational groups, extending the park’s education programs to other schools and organizations.

Education

Education
Sep 2007 - Present

Masters

University of Rhode Island
  • Specializing in School Library Media Services and Information Literacy Instruction

Practicum Portfolio