Introducing – Meet the Librarian
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 this 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 hope these insights provide an opportunity for library students to learn about alternate career paths. Learn more about our librarians and how they use their research experience and passion for knowledge to perform their roles at ProQuest, to offer our users an elevated level of service.
What school did you attend for the MLIS program and what did you love about it?
Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. I have always appreciated the general principle and process of learning and I think that the program really focuses on that. One interesting project that I was assigned was a scavenger hunt for information and resources. I remember being surprised that Library Science was a master’s program because it was just so much fun!
Is that what inspired you to pursue a career in library and information science?
Yes! Research was always my most favorite part of any assignment. I was amazed, and I still am, at how much information you can access. I love how I start by researching one topic and get distracted by other interesting articles and at the end, I find I’m asking myself, how did I get here? I also really enjoy working with people, helping them to reach a goal.
How does that transition into your current occupation as an Electronic Acquisitions Specialist? Why do you love being a librarian working at ProQuest?
I find it interesting to be on the other end as the content aggregator and provider. I do not have direct contact with the end user, but from a librarians’ perspective, there is a sense of urgency to address customer content issues. I am proud to be able to help researchers get their hands on more information. I also am a committee member of the ProQuest Library Volunteer Program. I appreciate the opportunity to be hands-on, helping libraries and their users. It’s the best of both worlds.
Describe a day in the life of a ProQuest librarian.
Hunting for information! I monitor titles that fill ProQuest databases, coordinating with publishers and providers to ensure content accuracy and complete coverage for our users. It is my responsibility to make sure that our databases are not missing issues and that each issue and article has accurate and up-to-date information.
Comment on the library of the future.
I think that we are already seeing the library of the future starting to form. The evolution towards a more web-based library presence has already begun with the massive transition to electronic resources and librarians learning to navigate and manage those resources. I think that libraries will remain an important presence in communities by continuing to offer activities to encourage learning and literacy.
How will the librarians of the future spend most of their time?
More of a viral presence. Many libraries already offer live chats on their websites to help researchers offsite. Even if we end up with fewer physical libraries, we will need librarians even more to help us navigate all of the information at our fingertips.
What advice do you have for students or researchers to help them get the most use out of the library?
Go see a librarian! Make it your first stop at the library; librarians can save you both time and stress.
Do you have a favorite library?
New York Public Library the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Not only is it beautiful, I actually have an interesting story about how it became my favorite. Every year my mom and I take a trip to New York City. My grandmother has told me stories of how she also used to travel to New York often during World War II. At the time, sugar was rationed by the government and she and her brother delivered sugar ration coupons to a bakery. In return they were given delicious pastries.
One trip, my mother and I stopped in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building looking to find the address of that pastry shop. They were very accommodating and directed us to view microfilm of phone books from the 1940’s. This allowed us to track down the address and we went in search of the shop. Once we found the address we were a little disappointed that it was now an Italian restaurant. We decided to dine at the restaurant and although it wasn’t the same delicious pastries, it was a delicious meal. The most memorable part was the experience of sitting in the same building that my grandmother had enjoyed at least 70 years before, and that moment was possible with the help from the librarians.
What can you tell us about yourself that we might never guess?
I love rock-n-roll and zombies. My friends and I ran the Zombie Race, a 5K obstacle course in September. You are chased by zombies throughout the race and the goal is to get to the finish line with at least one of your flags still attached. I was just hoping to make it to the Zombie Apocalypse Party at the end!