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The Meet the Librarian Series
ProQuest values librarians and as a longstanding supporter of libraries and librarianship we believe in investing in the future of the profession. In an effort to provide library students insight into their career options we are introducing the blog series, Meet the Librarian, which spotlights librarians in various positions throughout the ProQuest business. ProQuest employs librarians in all areas of our business in support of our commitment to delivering high quality content and innovative research in information solutions.
We would like to take this opportunity to connect library students with alternate career paths. Learn more about our librarians and how they use their research experience and passion for knowledge to perform their roles and apply it to providing ProQuest’s users an elevated level of service.
What inspired you to pursue a career in library and information science?
The very pragmatic advice of my college counselor at Dominican University and my life-long love of books.
How did you come to be at ProQuest?
I’ve spent my entire career in library software support and development; several years ago I was recruited by a former colleague.
Describe your position as a day in the life of a ProQuest librarian.
My day varies wildly and involves analytics, metadata, workflow, data flows, and constant communication with team members across the country.
How is your library degree relevant and/or useful in your current position?
It’s the underpinning of nearly everything I do and the reason I’m in the industry.
Share something that you love about your job.
I love troubleshooting problems and figuring out solutions that will help people in their everyday work.
What career advice would you give to a current LIS student interested in doing your job?
You need to understand how libraries function and what librarians do, so working or volunteering in a library would be useful.
What coursework would you recommend?
Nothing specific comes to mind but make sure that your classes are as broad as possible—you can pick up task-specific skills on the job as necessary.
What is the best piece of career advice you ever received?
Never go to your manager with just a problem; go to your manager with a problem and potential solutions.
What advice do you have for students or researchers to help them get the most use out of the library?
Seriously, ask a librarian for help.
Comment on how you think librarians of the future will spend most of their time.
I think libraries will continue to become more services-oriented, whether offering flu shots at public libraries or consulting with students and researchers to inform their research and academic outcomes.