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What was your previous position and where?I was a doctoral student in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. While a doctoral candidate, I was adjunct faculty in DIS teaching cataloging.
What brought you to LSU?The School of Library and Information Science advertised a tenure-track position teaching cataloging and either history of books and libraries or children's services in public libraries. I had several years experience teaching cataloging, my dissertation was on the history of the American public library and I have been a children's librarian and wanted to teach children's services. It was the perfect match. And Louisiana has the best food of any place where I interviewed.
What is your research interest?The history of the American public library as a social and cultural institution, with a special focus on the history of children's and youth services and women in librarianship.
What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?I am currently applying for a grant to create a virtual SLIS classroom in Second Life that would make it possible for us to present abstract concepts in ways that are not possible in the real world. I am hoping to form a Louisiana Library History special interest group within the Louisiana Library Association in the next year or two. In the long term, I hope to be instrumental in establishing partnerships between SLIS and a university in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean. I also hope to assist in creating a children's literature research collection at LSU that would reflect the culture and history of southeastern Louisiana.
What do you enjoy most about LSU?I enjoy my colleagues. We are a very supportive and collegial group, who work together to provide an excellent education to our students, meaningful outreach to the Louisiana library community and increase the theoretical and practical knowledge in our field through our research.
What are your major accomplishments?Earning the Ph.D. will always rank as one of my major accomplishments. That has made it possible for me to obtain this position, another major accomplishment, which puts me in a position to continue to achieve other major research and teaching goals.