Amy Parsons

  • Westerville US-OH
Amy Parsons

Work History

Work History

Interlibrary Loan Assistant

Denison University
  • Responsible for both borrowing and lending books and periodical copies to and from libraries from around the nation and worldwide
  • OhioLink borrowing/lending books and materials
  • Hired, trained and supervised 3-6 student workers
  • Researched to clarify problem citations, using various electronic, print databases
  • Accounted all borrowing / lending monthly statistics for the department
  • Answered brief reference questions

Library Technical Assistant Cataloger

City of Fullerton Public Library
  • Cataloger (Horizon-OPAC) (DDC) (LCSH) for adult and juvenile fiction / non-fiction, books, videos (feature films), music CD’s, cassettes, DVDs, talking books, books on CD
  • Identify and correct all cataloging errors
  • Reference books: add holdings, maintain and update the OPAC, adding / discarding volumes
  • Trained other staff members to add brief catalog records
  • Acquisitions and Serials depts., receiving items, and checking in serials and updating holdings information in the catalog
Jan 2004 - Present

Reference/Catalog Librarian, Assistant Professor

Otterbein University
  • Reference services - assists students, faculty, staff and others of various skill levels in making effective use of all library resources
  • Serves as library liaison to the Theater and Dance, Music, Health and Sports Sciences, and Nursing departments; including but not limited to the following duties: assists with acquisition requests and departmental reviews, conducts collection development for physical collection (print and electronic) Collaborates with faculty on advanced instruction and subject consultations both large groups and individual, creates online and paper instructional materials for specific databases or specific subjects
  • Participates in the information literacy program by presenting library instruction sessions, creating instructional materials, developing tutorials online with Libguides, class assessment and learning outcomes
  • Catalogs (using OCLC CONNEXION) non-print media including DVDs, music and electronic media, print materials including: fiction, juvenile and curriculum collection, including preparation of reserve materials, online catalog maintenance
  • Maintains appropriate statistical records
  • Assists with Circulation desk duties, checking materials in/out, fixing patron records, providing circulation information by phone and in person
  • Assists with supervising and training student assistants
  • Participates in campus committees and library professional activities
  • Maintains active consortia relationships particularly with OPAL libraries and the OhioLink network
  • Maintains, updates the Common Book web pages for the University
Jul 2002 - Oct 2003

Catalog Librarian

Chapman University Law Library
  • Writing all policies and procedures for the cataloging department
  • Maintaining the law library catalog: search OCLC, identify/export correct records, edits records according to Library of Congress, AACR2, and MARC format and standards, downloaded records into local on-line system (III-Millennium)
  • Responsible for original cataloging for items with no record in OCLC, catalogs serials, loose-leafs and non-print media such as videos and DVDs
  • Supervised a Cataloger Technician, and a student assistant
  • Maintained on-line catalog integrity with authority work
  • Legal reference desk duty: 10 hours a week
  • Library liaison to several law school faculty
  • Law library collection development

Education

Education
Jan 1999 - Jun 2001

Masters in Library and Information Science

San Jose State University

In 1997 I moved to Southern California and transferred most of my Kent State credits to San Jose State University.  They have a similar program to Kent State and I had the opportunity to go to their Southern California classes held at California State University Fullerton.  I worked full-time as a technical assistant in Cataloging at Fullerton Public Library while taking evening and weekend classes.  I used my real-life working experiences in my classes as examples of trends, issues and challenges  in libraries. 

Sep 1995 - Sep 1997

17 credits towards MLIS 1995-1997

Kent State University

While working as a library assistant at Denison University I realized that the library was where I wanted to have a career. I enrolled at the Kent State School of Library and Information Science, Columbus program.  Here I took evening and weekend classes towards my MLIS and worked full time.

Sep 1986 - Jun 1991

Bachelor's

The Ohio State University

I was a first generation college student who worked all five years at Ohio state in various libraries. I worked at the Hayes Hall slide library in the Department of Art History for 3 years.  I also worked 2 years plus three summers at the Ohio State Newark Library.  My undergraduate years taught me how to organize my life so I could be a successful college student. It was here where I developed my lifelong curiosity for everything.

Skills

Skills

Reference Librarian and Educator

Im my 20+ years working in libraries I would say the number one skill I have used on a daily basis is teaching people how to do research.  In 1986 as a Freshman library worker I was  showing folks how to use the Reader's Guide to Periodicals and now I am  showing students how  search in an online database.  Ive been teaching library instruction for the past 8 years to college students; both in front of the class and in a virtual environment.  I am also now embedded in the Blackboard system in several courses and I have a library discussion board there where either students can post questions or I can post information on specific issues to help them do research and write their papers. 

Cataloging

I use Library of Congress (LC)  currently and I have cataloged in Dewey (DDC) .  I have experience with original cataloging and copy cataloging all types of books and non print materials. 

Integrated Library Systems (ILS)

I have been using Innovative Interfaces Millennium  (III) for over 10 years.  I am an expert in maintaining database integrity through cataloging.  I also use the public interface for reference services and the circulation module at the circulation desk.  I have also had experience using Horizon, Epixtech and Sirsi in previous library positions.

Web site creation and design

I group all the various web site and web design skills here.  In the past I learned to code with HTML and then used software such as Homesite and Dreamweaver.  Currently I am using Libguides to create pages for library study tutorials and university course research tutorials.  I also use a system called Omni Update to make changes on the University's Common Book web pages.  I have excellent technical skills and I am good with details so learning these skills is challenging yet enjoyable.    

OCLC Database

Expert searcher in OCLC.  I have used this International online Bibliography of the World's library collections in many capacities.  I began at OCLC and learned the foundations of the MARC record and searching.  My first full time library position was an Interlibrary Loan Assistant where I used OCLC to search for books and periodicals to borrow for my patrons.  Now I am a Cataloger and a Reference Libraian and I use OCLC for both technical original and copy cataloging and the user side with researching and helping library patrons

Summary

Endlessly curious about every topic, I love my career in librarianship and hope to continue to enrich it with new challenges and opportunities.

I am an educator. Being an “embedded” librarian in the classroom, I am challenged with designing online study guides so students get the most of the tools that our library provides and answering their research questions.

I am a researcher. I love to teach students and faculty how to find what they need to further their educations. I also enjoy technical challenges in my work, figuring out the mystery and solving problems.

I get personal satisfaction in getting the job done practicing excellent customer service.

I am presenting to you my career history, skills and achievements in librarianship.

Publications & Presentations

Two examples of ARBA Book Reviews.

American Reference Book Annual Vol. 40, 2009. And Online

Pain Sourcebook. 3d ed. Joyce Brennfleck Shannon, ed. Detroit, Onmigaphics,2008. 671p. illus. index. (Health Reference Series). $78.00. ISBN 13:9780780810068.

Whether it is headaches or backaches or managing arthritis, pain is something that all of us are challenged with.The Pain Sourcebook, third edition, edited by Joyce Brennfleck Shannon, is a consumer healthcare and wellness handbook that describes many types of pain, causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatments and where to go for more in-depth information outside of this book. This book covers a large number of types of pain, descriptions, symptoms and treatments as well as caregivers’ pain and psychological well being. The Pain Sourcebook has had a different organization with each edition. This latest edition has chapters dedicated to specific types of pain.There is more information about managing chronic pain. Chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and gynecological pain are either new entries or more in-depth entries in this third edition. A glossary of pain related terminology and bibliographical information with web site addresses is included.

Although information in this book is taken from scholarly journals and professional web sites in the health and medical fields, this is a book that is excellent for ready reference uses and can be used for beginning students in the health fields. The Pain Sourcebook would be appropriate for consumer health library collections in both public and academic libraries. 

American Reference Book Annual Vol. 42, 2011.And Online

Academic library Building in the Digital Age : A Study of Construction, Planning,, and Design of New Library Space. Chicago, Association of College and Research Libraries/American Library Association, 2010.

“The Library is a Growing Organism” is S.R. Ranganathan’s fifth law of library science. Viable libraries are always in a period of transformation.The data that is organized and collected in libraries changes and to meet the demands of modern universities the actual physical buildings themselves need to change.Academic Library Building in the Digital Age describes itself as the first comprehensive study of planning and building academic libraries in this new century.Every chapter deals with a different issue in planning and building a library in this digital age.Within the modern library building the physical collections are still collected but the digital virtual ones are growing faster and the use of the building as a collaborative academic space is important. Instead of stacks of paper periodicals, we need collaborative spaces, group study areas with computers.

Within this book are statistics, data represented in charts, lists and graphs and then the explanations of how this data was created.There are detailed chapters explaining the why and the how of academic libraries in the digital age and the strategies this study used to examine newer academic library buildings.In chapter 2 the characteristics of the new library space is explained and the library as place. Each chapter ends with a conclusion and the appendix of the library building survey and index is included. The fundamental laws of library science also ring true for library buildings.“Books are for Use” is S.R. Ranganathan’s first law of library science and most would agree that library buildings are for use as well in this modern age.

Collaborative Course Design: Using the Library Resources to Enhance Instruction” - Pat Keane, Amy Parsons, and Rares Piloiu

This presentation will talk about how faculty and librarians can collaborate to set common goals and outcomes so the students acquire simultaneously discipline-specific and library-specific skills that allow them to become better information searchers and users. Also, the presentation will introduce the faculty to a new instructional tool, called Libguides, which allows for a customization of library resources to the instructional needs of each course.

Interest

  • Heritage Condominiums Block Watch Group.  I am the Coordinator for our neighborhood group.  I manage the meetings and the group email account. 
  • Walking/Running/Biking.  I participate in the March of Dimes Walk America annually.
  • Group exercises classes.  I do:  Zumba, kickboxing, LAtin Funk Fusion, and many other classes throughout the year at the Westerville Community Center.