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Work experience

Sep 2012Present

Director/Administrator

Oil City Public Library / Oil Creek Library District

The Oil City Library is a department of the City of Oil City and as such provide managerial and administrative services as a Department head. As Library Director, responsible for all aspects of library operations with a collection of 125,000 items and a population of approximately 14,038.

  •  Reporting to the Library Commission and preparing monthly meeting reports including statistics, policy initiatives, and other topics pertinent to the organization.
  • Control and oversight of $521,906.00 operational budget.  Including establishment, monitoring, and maximizing efforts within financial confines.
  • Creation, implementation and administration of strategic initiatives.
  • Lead a special strategic planning task force working with consultants to map the future of the organization.
  • Creation of library policy, and procedures.
  • Supervising and scheduling of ten employees and volunteers.
  • Staff development.
  • Creation and management of marketing programs including social media efforts.
  • Completion of Pennsylvania State Library Annual Report and Use of State Aid Request.
  • Serving as liaison and building relationships with local organizations, private industry, school districts, government offices and the community.
  • Representing the library at district library meetings.
  • Creation, implementation and administration of PaForward based literacies programming.
  • Purchasing and vendor relations.
  • Collection development.
  • Maintaining official organizational records.
  • Oversee a collaborative (three agency) multi-format local history and genealogical collection .
  • Staffing circulation desk and associated tasks.

As District Administrator for the Oil Creek Library District:

  • Provide administrative oversight and guidance to thirteen public libraries throughout Venango, Clarion and Jefferson counties.
  • Serve as administrative liaison to the PA Department of Education Office of Commonwealth Libraries Bureau of Library Development.
  • Control and oversight of $148,336.00 operational budget.
  • Represent the Oil Creek Library District at biannual District Library Center meetings sponsored by Commonwealth Library.
  • Assisting local libraries in developing stronger local partnerships with their communities.
Dec 2010Sep 2012

Librarian/Director

California Area Public Library

Responsible for all aspects of library operations with a collection of over 15,000 items and a population of approximately 10,000.

  • Reporting to the Board of Directors and preparing monthly meeting reports covering statistics, policy initiatives, and other topics pertinent to the organization.
  • Supervising and scheduling of all employees and volunteers.
  • Completion of Pennsylvania State Library Annual Report.
  • Serving as liaison and building relationships with local organizations, school districts, government offices and the community.
  • Purchasing and vendor relations.
  • Collection development.
  • Creation of library policy, and procedures.
  • Representing the library at district library meetings.
  • Creation and management of marketing programs including social media efforts.
  • Initiated, designed and implementing an e-reader borrowing program that delivers digital content to  patrons.
  • Author of a monthly column in the California Focus, a locally distributed newspaper.
  • Overseeing the Inter-Library Loan program.
  • Maintaining official organizational records.
  • Supervising children’s programs.
  • Staffing circulation desk and associated tasks.
  • Work closely with treasurer to establish and monitor budgets, organizationally and for budgets and maximizing efforts within financial confines.
Mar 2003Mar 2008

Director of Operations

Cardiac Telecom Corporation

Director of Operations

Lab Manager         

ECG Technician           

Accountable for the technical and administrative effectiveness of a lab that provides heart monitoring remotely to customers across the United States.

  • Initiated, formulated and presented to management and staff a wide-range of policies and procedures.
  • Developed and implemented a new function to provide lab support for both customers and existing organizational employees.
  • Created and presented a comprehensive training program.  Ensured conformance to policies and procedures.
  • Developed indicators to monitor department/employee performance.  Resultant trends were provided to senior management on Excel reports on a regular basis.
  • Developed control mechanisms by formulating programs (Excel) to track new patients. Trained other supervisors and staff in the review and use of the programs.
  • Investigated inventory and developed controls to ensure that outstanding inventory is returned in a timely manner.
  • Designed and instituted a paperless shipping process.
  • Provided site support in several clinical trials.
  • Provided technical customer and client support, including complaint investigation and dispute resolution.

Education

Sep 2008Present

Master of Library & Information Science

University of Pittsburgh

Selected Coursework

  • Understanding Information
  • Introduction to Information Technologies
  • Organizing and Retrieving Information
  • Reference Sources and Services
  • Managing Libraries and Information Systems and Services
  • Introduction to Cataloging & Classification
  • Library and Archival Preservation
  • Health Science Information Sources and Services
  • Digital Libraries (building collections with CONTENTdm, Archon, ICA-AToM, and DSpace)
  • Independent research: developing the infrastructure for an oral history digital archives
  • Internship at Seton Hill University's Reeves Memorial Library
Sep 2003May 2007

Bachelor of Arts

Seton Hill University

Selected Coursework

Communications

  • Communication Theory
  • Oral Communication
  • Management of Media Facilities
  • Communications Literacy
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Integrated Marketing
  • Managing Public Relations
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Communication

Business

  • Principles of Management
  • Organizational Ethics 

Political Science

  • Opinion and Propaganda
  • Political Theory
Aug 1993Jul 1994

Penn State University - Fayette

Professional Affiliations

American Library Association (2010 - Present)

Pennsylvania Library Association (2010 - Present)

  • Roundtable: Library Administration & Management
  • Division:  College & Reserach Division (CRD)
  • CRD  Legislative Liaison

Professional Development

Poster Presentation: Mount Lebanon Village Digital Repository Project. Presented to the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences Board of Visitors 10/31/2011.

Poster Presentation: Mount Lebanon Village Digital Repository Project. Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia ACRL Chapter. 06/01/2012

Poster Presentation: TEDxOilCityLibrary. PaLA - Northwest Chapter Fall workshop.  October 4, 2013

Interest

Library management and leadership.

Information literacy.

Reference resources.

Information behavior.

Information poverty.

Library safety & security

Community outreach.

Information organization.

Instructional design.

Libraries as a facilitator of S.T.E.M. Education.

Future studies.

Projects

Pennsylvania Library Directors Institute - 2013 

  • Inaugural Directors Institute Fellow

LibeRTy - Library e-book Repository - 2013

  • Creation of a cost effective and sustainable e-book platform option for public libraries that can be utilized with multiple integrated library systems.

TEDxOilCityLibrary - 2014

  • Creator and Founder

Certifications

Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic

Pennsylvania Department of Health
Mar 2011Present

Professional Public Librarian

Pennsylvania Department of Education
Oct 2011Present

Responsible Literature Searching

University of Pittsburgh
Oct 2011Present

Research Integrity

University of Pittsburgh
Oct 2011Present

Conflict of Interest

University of Pittsburgh
Oct 2011Present

Human Subjects Research in Biomedical Science

University of Pittsburgh