To cheerfully serve the information needs of the public using my technological background, children's programming skills, and a strong interest in reference and reader's advisory services.
I found my way to library technology just recently, after a long and productive career as a Software Engineer. The library has always been a special place for me and I spend much of my free time reading. I have a passion for books, technology and information literacy, and enjoy using my unique knowledge and skills to provide needed information and programs to the community.
I remember thinking that it would be wonderful to work as a librarian, but for some reason I never pursued a library career. I don't think I understood what the job entailed when I was in High School, and once I was working as an engineer, it just seemed daunting to even think about changing careers. Being laid off forced me to re-evaluate my profession, skill set and future, and made me think about where I could best serve myself and others.
I am currently working as a Part-time Library Technician at Anaheim Public Library Heritage Services, where I help patrons with reference and local history research as well as lead historic home tours for Anaheim's 3rd grade classes at Founder's Park. I also volunteer weekly at the Orange Public Library Welcome Desk, always looking forward to my evenings at the library and varied interactions with patrons there.
I am a part of the Library Technology program at Santa Ana College, and have taken classes in Library Technology 101, Public Services, Information Sources for Paraprofessionals, and Technical Services. I am currently enrolled in Children's Library Services and Library Internship. As a computer professional, I have had administrative experience with different types of operating systems, databases and document libraries. I've developed web applications in Java, JSP, C++ and XML and designed Content Management System based websites using HTML, PHP, CSS and SQL.
With my engineering background, I am well-suited for technical services, but my heart is actually with library public service. I absolutely love working with the public in reference, reader's advisory services and programming. I worked my way through college as a sales clerk, interacting with the public. Sitting in front of a computer all day in software development made me realize how much I missed being in contact with people.
An additional joy of mine has been working with children as a teacher, leader and program director. I spent seven years as Director of Children's Ministries at Placentia Presbyterian Church. I have also been a Girl Scout leader, Girl Scout "Cookie Mom", Cub Scout volunteer, "Meet the Masters" art docent and Sunday School teacher. When my daughter was in fourth grade, I led a children's book club for her and her friends. Working with the 3rd grade children at Founder's Park has been particularly rewarding, and I would love more opportunities to be a part of children's programming in a library setting.