My intro is on my profile but I'll post it here as well:
Not currently working in a library but have worked at New Orleans Public Library (tech, full-time, 2001-2005), State Library of La. (student job, 6 mos., 2007), St. James Parish Library (director, 4 mos., 2007) and hope to work at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library after graduation.
I'm a graduate student at the Louisiana State University School of Library & Information Science, on the Public Libraries track, expecting to graduate in Dec. 2008. I worked for four years at the New Orleans Public Library, Milton H. Latter Memorial Branch from 2001-2005, as a student worker in 2007 in the Recorder of Documents section (government documents) of the State Library of Louisiana, and for four months in 2007, as library director of the St. James Parish Library in Lutcher & Vacherie, La., [ http://www.stjames.lib.la.us/
] which I have since left to finish my studies at LSU-SLIS.
I am bilingual in English & Spanish: born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and lived in New Orleans, La. for thirty-seven years where I proudly became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1985; I now live in Baton Rouge with my dad and brother.
I received my B.A. in English Literature from the University of New Orleans in 1986 with a concentration in the Romantic Poets, Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Blake. I have worked the oil & gas industry where I managed a library of geophysical (seismic) data brokered to oil companies; retail management & pharmacy technician (Walgreens); and i have taught ESL/ESOL classes to new immigrants as a volunteer.
Interest in Library 2.0
My undegraduate degree is in English Literature, but my first college major was Computer Science (LSU, 1979/80: FORTRAN, COBOL, PL/I, PL/C, Pascal, & Assembler on the DEC-10 & VAX 11/780 mainframes). I have been interested in information technology since the early days because I could see that it afforded its users the power to manage, store, access, search, and transmit information across the globe with lightning speed and pin-point accuracy.
Information technology has allowed librarians to harness the power of computers, expanded our abilities in information management, and made us extremely valuable to the world as professional guides on the Information Superhighway.
I got a good view of the "I" side of Library & Information Science when I worked as Editorial Assistant to Dr. Donald Kraft of the LSU Computer Science Dept. in Spring 2006. I helped him manage the online (confidential) review process for academic submissions to JASIST, the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. Dr. Kraft is also an adjunct professor of the LSU School of Library & Information Science.
The confluence of technology and literature in the newly-revamped field of Library and Information Science that has led me to enter it professionally, hence, my membership here. It's great to meet like-minded techno-librarians.