I am a librarian dedicated to providing exceptional information services to all users and teaching students the research skills necessary for success in both academics and the real world. I highly value creativity, collaboration, and innovation – 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 participate in professional organizations such as KLA, ALA, and ACL. My primary research focuses include library leadership and management, information literacy instruction, distance library services, and creativity in academia.
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 – and, I currently supervise a team of thirteen student library workers.
When I am not engaged in my work, I especially enjoy spending time with my family and friends, playing my upright bass in local orchestras and ensembles, writing fiction and non-fiction, serving in my local community, and traveling to new places. I always appreciate a clever pun.