Master’s of Library and Information Science University of South Florida – 2017

BA with Honors in Anthropology, Phi Beta Kappa University of Florida

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University of South Florida, Master’s of Library and Information Science

After searching for a graduate program that was both applied and interdisciplinary, I decided on the USF MLIS program but it wasn’t until I attended the USF Graduate Student Orientation that I realized how happy I would be with this choice. At this orientation the librarians were the stars, offering break out sessions on reference management tools, writing skills, and much more. They included a reception with representatives from all of the various libraries affiliated with USF and they offered lemonade with cookies! When I experienced first hand the variety the field had to offer I was hooked. My goal is to work in an Academic/Medical/Special Library with interests in Health, Biomedical Informatics, Information and Research Literacy, Data management and Curation as well as Digitization and access to digital resources. To date my course work has included:

  • Digital Curation
  • Health Information Resources
  • Health Science Librarianship
  • Introduction to Archives and Records Management
  • Libraries as Cultural Heritage Institutions
  • Microcomputer Applications and Technology for Librarians
  • Preparing Instructional Media.
  • Visualization of Big Data
  • Teaching Information Literacy

As well as required courses including Foundations of Library and Information Science, Basic Information Sources and Services, Organization of Knowledge IResearch MethodsCollection Development and Maintenance and Introduction to Library Administration.

Florida Library Association (FLA) Annual Conference, May 12-15, 2019

Florida Library Association (FLA) Annual Conference, May 22-25, 2018

Florida Health Science Library Association (FHSLA) Sponsored Systematic Reviews: Roles for Librarians, April 12-13, 2018

Florida Library Association (FLA) Annual Conference, May 9-12, 2017

I was not going to be able to attend this conference (2017) until Suncoast Information Specialists (SIS) awarded me a scholarship. Also, I assisted the USF LIS department with the Alumni event at the conference for even more help defraying the costs of the conference.

Florida Health Science Library Association (FHSLA) Annual Meeting, March 30-31, 2017

I received a scholarship to attend this meeting and was appointed the Newsletter Editor for the association! This meeting was a fascinating look at the work of all types of health sciences librarians across the state of Florida. There were also two useful CE courses: Searching Effectively & Efficiently; and Measuring Your Impact: Using Evaluation for Library Advocacy Resources.

Plan Digitization Conference and Digitization 101, August 17-19, 2016

Digitization 101 was a hands on course in using the Rescarta platform to manage digital resources. The conference offered many interesting presentations on library, archival and digital projects at public libraries and academic both within Florida and elsewhere.

Archives and Records 2016-SAA, August 2-6, 2016

I attended this conference because I had become interested in archival work. I focused on breakout sessions on digitization and access such as a workshop by Preservica with hands on demonstration on using this tool. I also attended an excellent presentation called Doing Digital Archives in Public, this link is to the project’s manifesto: I enjoyed the Science, Technology and Health Section meeting which included a talk by the Archivist at the David J. Senser CDC Museum and I later went to visit the museum. This led me to a renewed focus on health sciences librarianship.

Science Boot Camp for Librarians South East, July 6-9, 2016

I was awarded a scholarship to attend this small but mighty conference in Athens, Georgia. Presenters included leading scientists in their respective fields discussing the relevance of librarianship to their work, as well as the importance of using research in the classroom. Librarians presented examples of various programs and projects in their institutions.

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A study carrel at La instituto Cooperativa San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala

Spanish Language Immersion, September, 2014

Cooperative Learning Institute of San Pedro La Laguna in Guatemala.

In the summer of 2014 I was casting around for an unusual trip and wanting to brush up on Spanish. One friend recommended an immersion program in Antigua, Guatemala and another recommended that I visit Lake Atitlan. I did a little research and ended up skipping Antigua and going straight to San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala.

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Buying chicken at the market

Sadly, the short trip was not enough time to either improve my Spanish or to really see all this area has to offer. I hope to return for a longer stay to both improve my Spanish and enjoy the country.

Anatomy Trains Structural Integration Professional Certification. 2011 – 2012

Advanced bodywork practitioner training in Structural Integration, based on the work of Dr. Ida Rolf.

Florida Keys Community College. 1997 – 2005

I mostly took courses for fun, for example: Ceramics, Sculpture and Creative Writing; to fill in my background on a topic for example General Psychology or to try improve my technological skills: Technical Writing, Graphic Design, Photoshop and Desktop Publishing.

Florida School of Massage. Certification in Massage and Hydrotherapy. 1996

766 contact hours including Anatomy and Physiology, Kinesiology, ethics, laws, massage therapy theory and technique.

University of California, Irvine-Chancellor’s Fellow

My first graduate school experience was as a Chancellor’s Fellow in the Social Relations Department at UCI. I chose this program for various reasons but primarily because they were beginning to use technology in Social Research in new ways, the beginnings of Social Network Analysis. I thought this could be the path to bridging my former experience in computers and mathematics with my (then) current interest (and BA) in Cultural Anthropology. Sadly, I found myself struggling with the program as well as some personal problems and chose to leave at the end of the first year.

University of Florida, Gainesville | BA | 1991

·      Graduated with Honors in Anthropology

·      Elected to Phi Beta Kappa

·      Focus: Latin American area, Linguistics, Cultural Anthropology

·      Spanish Language: five semesters of study including six weeks in Mexico

·      Work-study: Cataloguing artifacts, updating monograph in spreadsheet in the Florida Museum of Natural History

·      Work-study: Student assistant in the CIRCA student computer labs

University of Maryland, College Park.

I transferred to Maryland because the Computer Science program was better than the program at the University of the District of Columbia. I finally felt challenged by my coursework but left after one year to join my family in the Florida Keys.

University of the District of Columbia.

I was tracking in Computer Science/Engineering. In my first Data Processing course I was taught to use a punch card machine, the first programming language I used was Fortran and Engineering Graphics was all done by hand, with an actual pencil and graph paper; although the teacher did show us a computer running an early version of a computer aided design program. While technology has moved well beyond these early days, having the actual experience of how far we have come gives me a great appreciation for new technologies.

Marshall University, Huntington, WV.

After taking and passing the GED in Washington, DC, I returned to the town I was born and attended my first semester of college at Marshall.

Links to unofficial transcripts:

University of Florida (includes prior coursework at UMD, UDC and Marshall):

University of South Florida (Fall 2015 through Fall 2016):

FKCC a partial list of courses taken:

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