“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
Being an information professional is more than a distiller of information. We are new age educators, teaching patrons how to locate information for themselves. During my time at the University of Tennessee, I was fitted with the professional skills necessary in serving my patrons and providing them with the tools necessary to become lifelong learners. However, if it had not been for someone providing me the opportunity to show my ability, I would not be where I am today. It is because of this gracious understanding of human drive, that I am now able help my patrons become confident information seekers.
Nevertheless, continued professional development is vital to my growth and knowledge as an information professional. Our digital era is constantly changing as advancements in digital devices and information resources increase. Attending annual professional conferences as well as workshops that speak directly to changing formats and technological trends will help ensure that I have current information and tools needed to properly assist my patrons and bridge the information gap.
As well, understanding the needs of my patrons also involves understanding how they process and take in information. Theories and concepts evolve and change over time. In order to be knowledgeable of these shifts, I can research changes and new methods through scholarly subscriptions and usage professional organization website publications as well as conducting subject-specific analysis through my academic libraries and their databases.
With my vested interest in specialized librarianship in a academic setting, it is vital that I stay well-informed on emerging issues. My ongoing participation in professional organizations and research in the field along with attendance to workshops and conferences well ensure that I continue to grow as an information professional.
To learn more about my current experience and background, you can access my resume here.