Meet Amy Pemble, a librarian and a Business Analyst for Serials Solutions who has been working in the library software industry for 16 years.
What is your professional background?
I began my career as a support representative but eventually moved to the development side, where I designed features for, and integrated disparate products into, ILSs. I took a break from development to do AquaBrowser and the Summon® service implementations, and then leapt at the chance to work with Intota as a business analyst.
What do you like most about working for Serials Solutions?
Serials Solutions employs very passionate and very intelligent people. Having been in the industry for a while, I know what an excellent reputation the company has. That reputation is hard-earned, and it is due to the dedication and work ethic of a crew that really does have clients’ best interests at heart.
What do you find most exciting about the future of the library?
What I’ve always loved about libraries is that they are an “open door to wonder and achievement” to anyone, regardless of station in life. I think the services that libraries provide are critical, and the ways in which software can support those services are intriguing and exciting. Measuring student success factors: how can we use the data collected in our systems to show how the library impacts learning? Exposing unique materials for scholarly research: How can we use metadata to open up unique collections and resources for anyone’s use, anywhere? Freeing up librarians’ time: how can we automate or eliminate mundane workflows so that librarians can better serve their users?
Who is your favorite author?
Of course there isn’t just one. For Cold War espionage, John le Carre can’t be beat. George Eliot and Anthony Trollope, Jane Austen. Ian Rankin and Elmore Leonard for crime. If you want to laugh out loud with your kids, read Mo Willems and Eric Henkes.
Do you have a favorite library? If so, which one?
Absolutely! The Niles Public Library in Niles, IL is an exceptional place. The staff members work diligently to make the library a destination and an experience, in addition to being a resource for movies, books, games, etc. In the past several months I’ve attended an Indian food cooking class and a children’s magic show. In fact, at the end of this month I’m going to attend a reading of Othello by actors from the Shakespeare Project of Chicago.
What can you tell us about yourself that we might never guess?
I’ve climbed to the top of Uluru (Ayer’s Rock) in Australia and was pretty terrified upon reaching the summit. Ayers Rock is also known by its Aboriginal name 'Uluru'. It is a sacred part of Aboriginal creation mythology, or dreamtime - reality being a dream. The beginning and end of my rock climbing hobby!