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 information literacy instruction, distance library services, and digital technologies.
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 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 spending time with my family and friends, traveling, playing music, theatre, reading, and writing novels. I thoroughly enjoy both tea and coffee, and I always appreciate a clever pun.