What are your primary subject areas?
History, Political Science, Urban Studies and Government Information
What is your background in these areas?
I have a BA in History from Le Moyne College in Syracuse New York.
What sorts of services do you offer? Tell us about some of the instruction sessions or classes you’ve led.
I offer research consultations with faculty and students. I teach classes on how to use resources and databases in my subject areas. I’ve taught classes for Civil War seminar students and led instructions sessions on using census data for urban studies classes. For the last six years I’ve taught the government information class at the School of Information Science.
What tips do you have for students in your subject area(s)?
Meet with your professor before you start working on a topic. They can offer suggestions on books to consult. And don’t forget to meet with your liaison librarian. Don’t get hung up on electronic information. Pitt has a large research library with a wealth of information that you cannot necessarily find in electronic format and meeting with a librarian can help you discover these other resources. Also, keep in mind that the federal government is one of the largest producers of information. The ULS is a federal depository, which means we have a lot of government-produced information that can help you with your research projects.
Why do you think the library remains important in the twenty-first century?
In a world where people have such a vast amount of information at their fingertips, librarians continue to offer necessary and invaluable guidance.
What do you think people would find most surprising about the library or what you do as a librarian?
The fact that I don’t sit around reading books all day. A lot of what we do at the library involves planning, project development, meeting with faculty and students, and assisting with research.
How long have you been in the field?
I’ve been working in libraries for 15 years.
How did you become a librarian?
As a history major I enjoyed doing research. I enjoyed the thrill of looking up information. I liked spending time in the library. So I put one and two together and got four.
What do you love most about your job?
I enjoy building relationships across campus and I like helping faculty and students obtain the information that they need.
What was the last good book you read?
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry.