How did you become interested in librarianship?
I was searching for a graduate program at the University of Texas at Austin that was the best fit for my interests, and luckily they have a School of Information.
Describe the first time you worked in a library.
I first worked as a Graduate Research Assistant under the UT-Austin Business Librarian, and that kept me busy. It was basically a 'lite' version of the job I have now. I also worked at Barnes and Noble throughout college, including a couple of the Harry Potter release nights. We had boxes full of the newest title, stacked high behind the cash registers, and we'd have to stay late to clean up the store. Quite the experience!
What do you like best about being a UC librarian?
The sense of camaraderie I have with my colleagues.
Describe a recent or current project on which you are working.
My research guide is a constant work in progress! I'm passionate about making LibGuides as user-friendly as possible. See http://libguides.lib.uci.edu/business.
Describe your recent professional work outside of work, such as association work, writing, research, or anything else.
I play with other Business Librarians in an ALA subgroup called BRASS (Business Reference and Services Section). I am running the website, participating in this year's Program Committee, and generally gossiping about databases with my counterparts.
What would you like the next big thing in libraries to be?
What would I like? I'd like a continuous downward trend in database prices! A librarian can dream...
Complete this statement: "One surprising fact about me is...”
For more than half my life, I have competed in the unusual sport of Cowboy Action Shooting, in which everyone wears 1800s style clothing and shoots 1800s model guns at steel targets. Think of the old pistols, rifles, and shotguns you'd see in a spaghetti western. It's all about speed, accuracy, and safety. My shooting alias is Maroon O'Hara (Scarlett's evil twin from Gone With The Winchester).
Can you recommend a book or movie or tell us your favorite book or movie and why?
If you like Terminator 2, watch the Director's Cut. There's only maybe 15 minutes of extra footage throughout, but- what I'll call the brain surgery scene- makes all the difference for the character dynamics.