I’m currently a student at the University of Pittsburgh, getting a Master’s in Library and Information Science. It’s challenging but I feel like I found the field where I truly belong. I’ve always been interested in the convergence of people and information, and what better place to put my desire to serve people and my love of learning to work than in a library setting?
Through coursework, internships, and current and previous volunteer work, I’ve gained practical skills in different areas of librarianship, including reference services, collection development, cataloging, metadata, and library instruction and information literacy. Previous experience working in a bookstore gave me years of customer service and supervisory experience, and I believe that these skills are an absolute must for working in libraries. I’m a pro at providing excellent service, whether providing reader’s advisory to a customer seeking to purchase a book or providing reference assistance to a patron with a particularly complex question. Also, my experience from the bookstore as well as my experience as a nanny, a nursery worker, and an undergraduate degree studying Spanish (and studying abroad) have afforded me the opportunity to work with a wide range of ages and backgrounds.
Besides libraries, I love cooking. I gave some thought to going to culinary school but really all I want to be is someone’s personal chef. I love to read, which should come as no surprise for a future librarian. Favorite genres are general fiction, cookbooks and other books about food, history (in particular the American Revolution), and science. I also like to knit, garden, travel, and be outside, whether walking, hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing, or just lolling on the grass in a park.