I am a librarian passionate about providing exceptional information services and delivering interactive, learner-centered instruction. I am a lifelong learner who highly values creativity, collaboration, and service–and I believe that information literacy is a vital 21st Century skill.
Currently, I work as an Instructional and Research Librarian / Assistant Professor at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, KS. I also actively participate in professional organizations such as KLA and ALA. My primary research focuses include application of narrative theory to leadership and pedagogy, connections between library science and leadership theories, and educational leadership.
Previously, I worked as a reference and instructional librarian at Davidson County Community College, an information literacy fellow at the UMKC Miller Nichols research library, and also as academic library assistant and evening supervisor at MidAmerica Nazarene University’s Mabee Library. I hold a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Ball State University. I am currently completing my Master’s of Business Administration from Midamerica Nazarene University. I have also worked in a public library, a historical society archive, and a detention center library.
When I am not engaged in my work, I especially enjoy writing both fiction and non-fiction, studying literature and immersing myself in story, playing upright bass in local orchestras, and leading several local arts-based outreaches.