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Event Michelle Simmons

by Sarah Hammill on Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 11:49 am

IAmRUSA Interviewee for the Week of May 26th is

Michelle Simmons

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Event Jamie Hollier

by Sarah Hammill on Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 11:48 am

IAmRUSA Interviewee for the Week of May 19th is

Jamie Hollier

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Online Doc Naomi Chow -- Aloha!

by Naomi Chow on Mon, Apr 21, 2014 at 01:35 am

Aloha from the 50th State!

Aloha from the 50th State!

I am Naomi Ikeda Chow, and I am the interlibrary loan librarian for Hamilton Library at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in Honolulu. The Hawaiian islands provide the challenge of being one of the most geographically isolated locations in the world in terms of furthest from neighboring major land masses. The library provides interlibrary loan and document delivery for the students, faculty, and staff at our land-, sea-, and space-grant research university. Our patrons’ requests require us to seek lenders across the continental U.S. as well as internationally. We also have the privilege of providing access to materials in our collections to libraries and researchers around the world. Being able to successfully connect people with the information they need is very rewarding. And, I have found that the people involved in resource sharing/document delivery around the world, whether in individual libraries or within library consortia, are wonderful and supportive.

I have been a librarian in resource sharing/document delivery (RSDD) since 2009, and have loved every minute of it! My work in RSDD delves into a wide-range of areas including public services, collections, as well as technology. Since library work is multi-faceted, I have found that my experiences, whether gained from the commercial service industry, various types of libraries, or life experience as a parent, provide great skills and knowledge that I draw upon every day in my current position. My previous work background includes positions in academic medical reference services and collection development, and specialized biomedical research support in a small government library. I have also worked in retail as a department store salesperson in my youth, and more recently as a data assistant entering research data into an online database. My background includes an undergraduate degree in combined sociology/anthropology, and a graduate degree in library and information science. My library career has been two-part – early professional work with a break to raise a family – then a return to libraries.

I love to problem solve, whether with “scrambled” citations or tracking down hard-to-find items, as well as figure out how to improve workflow that benefits staff as well as library patrons. My work in an academic research library gives me the opportunity to work with staff from many different library departments. I enjoy being able to draw upon the expertise of colleagues from various subject specialties as well as technical intelligence and strengths, and in turn am able to contribute to the greater organization. Although a medium to larger-sized library may take a little longer to effect change, the overall environment is stimulating and there is possibility to contribute to projects that may have potential to have an impact beyond our one library. For example, I have been able to involve the library in the Occam’s Reader e-book ILL project, an inter-institutional effort through the Greater Western Library Allliance consortia.

The library and information field is ever-evolving and provides ample opportunities to grow and change with it. I feel very fortunate that the field is open to non-traditional career paths, including those who may take time away, such as I did. ALA and RUSA, including the STARS section, have provided invaluable resources for me to become reintroduced to the profession after my nearly decade-long break in service, through online courses, webinars, in-person workshops and courses, as well as the Annual and MidWinter conferences. Librarianship is a great profession where we’re able to provide great service to our patrons while doing something we enjoy including satisfying our own curiosity and love of learning.

Mahalo (thanks) for reading, and I look forward to your questions and comments!


Event Cathay Keough

by Sarah Hammill on Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 12:14 pm

IAmRUSA Interviewee for the Week of April 28th is

Cathay Keough

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Event Michael J. Hall

by Sarah Hammill on Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 12:18 pm

IAmRUSA Interviewee for the Week of May 12th is

Michael J. Hall

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Event Eric Forte

by Sarah Hammill on Thu, Apr 3, 2014 at 01:32 pm

IAmRUSA Interviewee for the Week of April 14th is

Eric Forte

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Event Carla James

by Sarah Hammill on Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 09:02 am

IAmRUSA Interviewee for the Week of June 2nd is

Carla James

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Event Courtney Greene McDonald

by Sarah Hammill on Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 04:58 pm

IAmRUSA Interviewee for the Week of June 16th is

Courtney Greene McDonald

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Event Jan Dawson

by Sarah Hammill on Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 10:31 am

IAmRUSA Interviewee for the Week of April 7th is

Jan Dawson

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Event Bernadine Goldman

by Sarah Hammill on Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 11:19 am

IAmRUSA Interviewee for the Week of March 31st is

Bernadine Goldman

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Testing out this community for the IAmRUSA project

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Hello, everyone.  I am RUSA -- and decided to demonstrate that fact by creating a video that talks about me and the benefits of RUSA.  You can watch it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kZwmdMkxrA It's a little long, but well worth the time it takes to watch.  My wife calls it a RUSA Infommercial  -- see what you think.

Please send me questions -- about me, about reference, about the video, about RUSA, about life, about anything (Remember, I am a reference librarian so I should be able to look something up when I do not know the answer!).  I'll give you an answer -- and it should be right 55% of the time.

Now two questions for you:

1.  The opening shot of the video was inspired by what major motion picture (and I know that you all have seen it, since it is always on some cable channel)?

2.  What is the inspiration for the 55% quip that I mentioned above?

Five imaginary points to the first person who answers each of those questions (and you never know when you might need five additional imaginary points!).


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