I have been working in libraries since 1993 where I started out as a student assistant in the Reserves and Protected Collections, as well as serials acquisitions and donations, at the University of California, Santa Cruz. From there I progressed through a number of para-professional roles in stacks maintenance, acquisitions, collection development, and even acted as the Systems Librarian long before acquiring formal library training. I have worked in academic and research libraries, and on specialist digital libraries for the US Navy and National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom. I eventually received my MSc in Library and Information Sciences alongside an Advanced Certificate in Digital Libraries from Syracuse University (New York) in 2007.
I now work as an information specialist advisor to health researchers, but continue to have a keen interest in digital libraries and social media, and how they can help disseminate information and interact with interested parties. Who knew I’d get here from a BA in Marine Biology, though I was the first non-Computer Science degree candidate to submit a final project using the (at the time) new World Wide Web in 1997 — A Taxonomic Key for Pacific Coast Nudibranchs (sea slugs). I recall my advisor thinking it was a crazy idea because who would have computers in a laboratory setting let alone in the field?! It was worth the 300+ hand-coded pages and six-months of my life!
Outside of work I enjoy knitting and crafting (trying to learn new skills in crochet, embroidery, sewing and quilting), amateur photography, and reading far too many blogs on varied topics — crafting, cooking, baking, science, photography, etc. — and eventually putting into practice what I read. I’m a California native now living in the North East of England.
I also pursued an MSc at Newcastle University in International Marine Environmental Consultancy course. I was unable to complete the course due to personal circumstances. However, I gained some new skills and understanding, and would like to apply my interests in the environmental and marine sciences, and public health, and my expertise in evidence-based health and searching to identify the intersections of these disciplines.
A note regarding images on this blog
I try to always remember to give credit to images which are not mine at the end of the blog post. If there isn’t a credit, then it is my image and you should ask my permission before you use it. If I’ve used your image and forgot to give you credit, first my apologies, second, please let me know and I will give you credit or remove it.