Describe yourself in three words

Collaborative, detail oriented, caring.

What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)?

Cozy mystery series and books on creating archives.

Describe ACRL in three words:

Professional, collaborative, community.

What do you value about ACRL?

I value ACRL for all the assistance I have received from colleagues. Several times I have asked questions on social media pages and received multiple, excellent responses in a short period of time. It is amazing to see the expertise and experience that all of these individuals possess and are willing to freely share with everyone around them.

What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus?

I connect users to resources they need in support of their educational and personal goals, and the goals of the university as a whole. I collaborate with colleagues to create programs and collections that serve not only our campus, but our community and region as well.

In your own words

I love seeing a person's eyes light up when they learn something new! My ultimate career goal was to be a teacher, but circumstances kept that from coming to fruition. God ultimately threw librarianship in my path of life, so I took it and ran with it, and it has continued to allow me to see that light in people's eyes as they learn something. As a librarian I have found talents and skills that I did not know I possessed, and I am forever thankful that I have a career that I love and continues to be a joy for me each day.

Credentials:MLS

Title:Director of Library Services

Workplace:Missouri State University-West Plains Garnett Library

Location:West Plains, MO