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What was your previous position and where?Prior to becoming an LSU faculty member in 1996, I worked as a library associate in the LSU Libraries.
What brought you to LSU?As a native Louisianan, I have known of LSU all my life. I received my undergraduate degree from the LSU School of Human Ecology in 1984. During my undergraduate years, I had the opportunity to work as a student assistant for the libraries. I enjoyed that experience immensely, and it was then that I decided that I wanted to pursue a career in a discipline that provided me the opportunity to connect people with information resources that empowered them to make informed decisions. Later, I joined the LSU Libraries in a staff position and pursued an advanced degree from the School of Library and Information Science.
What is your research interest?My current research interest has to do with core competencies for a career in cataloging and cataloging education, and building strong research academic libraries collections in the areas of African and African-American Studies.
What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?I hope to continue my work with the excellent faculty and staff at the LSU Libraries to create and provide bibliographic access to the world’s information, acquired by the libraries, to ensure that the resources are readily available to our faculty, students and community users.
What do you enjoy most about LSU?LSU has amazing faculty, staff and students, and over the course of my 25 years here, I have had the opportunity to work with a number of them in various capacities, from serving on committees, panels and boards to advising student groups/organizations, and through volunteerism in communities that surround LSU and others that make up the Baton Rouge community. To be a part of the energy, effort and enjoyment of making a difference within and outside the gates of LSU has been a life changing experience, and each day I look forward to what new knowledge I will acquire and share with others.
What are your major accomplishments?In my tenure at LSU, I have had many wonderful and extraordinary experiences, but two of the most rewarding are advising student groups and organizations, many members of which have gone on to lead highly successful lives, and to have been nominated and selected to be a participant in the 2010 class of Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians.