Currently, I am the Librarian for English and History at UCLA Library. As a reference provider,
I often encounter the ways in which the proliferation of digital technologies problematizes traditional modes of teaching research. With a firm background in information studies, I hope to keep pursuing this intersection of information literacy and digital literacy. My passion for understanding the role of digital technologies in academic librarianship first emerged at the School of Information (iSchool) at the University of Texas at Austin.
At the iSchool, although I was working as a reference provider, my academic focus was archival studies, specializing in digital collections. I became interested in the power that archives have in shaping the informational landscape while studying history at Haverford College. My undergraduate thesis drew from the archival material at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and it was in this capacity that I embarked on my archival journey. This journey was transformed as I gained a firmer understanding of the ways in which the digital world impacts how people interact with informational resources. Haverford was also where I began my involvement with academic libraries as a student circulation assistant. I have been employed in libraries ever since.
Working in academic libraries sparked a passion for information literacy. Studying archives transformed this passion into digital literacy. In all of my future endeavors I hope to better understand the role of digital technologies and how to utilize their affordances. As I continue my career in academic librarianship, I look forward to helping researchers understand the breath of complexity in the modern informational landscape.
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