Professional experience, particularly LLAMA activities
I worked at American University for 37 years in various technical services and administrative positions before retiring. I’m currently working at UM on a temporary basis. My LLAMA activity began in 1990. Service on committees has included Leadership Development, Budget and Finance, Financial Advancement and President’s Program Planning, as well as the mentoring program. I also served on several LOMS committees and Board.
Most memorable LLAMA experience or contribution
As Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee I was also on the Executive Committee. I learned so much about the inner workings of ALA during those two years and was able to assist LLAMA. One of the initiatives funded during that time was the Mentoring program. I have been fortunate to serve as a mentor since the beginning. Being a mentor is so rewarding and has connected me to other LLAMAs. As a mentor I have served as a sounding board and hopefully helped the mentees to grow as librarians and enhance their LLAMA connection. One of the best rewards is maintaining the friendships with the individuals.
What was the first job you ever had?
My first real job was as a Work Study Student at Hamline University Library. I was assigned to the Library but obviously it was a good fit because I have only worked in libraries since then. This was long before automation, and my first assignment was to type labels and iron them onto the books.
If you had not chosen this career, what would you be doing?
My first goal was to be a high school history teacher. Then I went on Washington Semester and decided that I wanted to do more than teach high school. While I was in a graduate history program I landed a job in the library and decided that library school would provide a steadier paycheck than history research.