It is safe to say that I fell into libraries. Although born and raised in Stillwater, Oklahoma I left America’s heartland as soon as I could to attend Reed College in Portland, Oregon. The countless hours I spent in the library there was just the start of my love affair with the stacks.
After completing a degree in German literature I became an Americorps*VISTA member, worked as a PR intern for my local public library system, was an elementary school librarian, and finally a library technician archiving 4-H photos and agricultural demonstration publications. Finally I decided to pursue a higher degree in the library sciences.
Attending graduate school at Indiana University in Bloomington, I realized I wanted a bit more from my graduate education than the nuts and bolts of librarianship, so I decided to enroll in the dual degree program and obtained an MLS and MIS.
My professional interests lie in copyright and intellectual property law reform, open information sharing, library instruction and reference, and providing socially responsible and just information services.
There are few things that receive as much devotion from me as Stumptown does, but they are worth mentioning: Gi Gi Salone Kitty Princess Extraordinaire, Daisy the incidental dog, bicycling, coffee, and finding the best breakfast joints in town.