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Event Christine Tobias

by Sarah Hammill on Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 05:23 pm

IAmRUSA Interviewee for the Week of August 11th is

Christine Tobias

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Event IAmRUSA interviewee for the week of August 4th. Please feel free to ask me questions.

by Yuhfen Wu on Mon, Aug 4, 2014 at 12:18 pm

My name is Yuhfen Diana Wu. People call me Diana. I have been working at the San Jose State University Library since I obtained my MLIS from the San Jose State University. The Library School has just changed its name to SJSU School of Information.  The second part of my career is very interesting and exciting by working in a joint library with the City of San Jose. My expertise is in business resources and research.
 

My name is Yuhfen Diana Wu. People call me Diana. I have been working at the San Jose State University Library since I obtained my MLIS from the San Jose State University. The Library School has just changed its name to SJSU School of Information.  The second part of my career is very interesting and exciting by working in a joint library with the City of San Jose. My expertise is in business resources and research.
 
Over my career, I have been very active in ALA and library professions. I am a former Councilor-at-Large, a former president of Chinese American Librarians Association, and many more. See my profile at http://works.bepress.com/sjsu_diana_wu/ .

 
Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, San Jose is an interesting place to work, to be inspired, and to inspire other. If you'd like to know more about my work, please contact me.
 

IAmRUSA interviewee  for the week of August 4. Please send me your questions.

 

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Event Roger Strong

by Sarah Hammill on Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 05:20 pm

IAmRUSA Interviewee for the Week of July 28th is

Roger Strong

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Event Liane Taylor

by Sarah Hammill on Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 03:43 pm

IAmRUSA Interviewee for the Week of July 21st is

Liane Taylor

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Discussion M. Kathleen Kern

by M. Kathleen Kern on Mon, Jul 7, 2014 at 04:47 am

This seems like a fitting time to be the IAmRUSA member of the week as I've just completed my year as RUSA president. Kirk MacLeod and Sarah Hammill launched IAmRUSA in October, making my "wouldn't it be neat?" idea a reality with their hard work. RUSA is a diverse group of librarians and IAmRUSA is a place to get to know a few of them.

This seems like a fitting time to be the IAmRUSA member of the week as I've just completed my year as RUSA president. Kirk MacLeod and Sarah Hammill launched IAmRUSA in October, making my "wouldn't it be neat?" idea a reality with their hard work. RUSA is a diverse group of librarians and IAmRUSA is a place to get to know a few of them.

A little about me. I've worked in libraries for twenty years and post-MLS for 15. During that time I've worked in: academic reference, a map library, a tax and accounting library, academic information literacy, freelance corporate research, and in ILL. While I haven't loved _every_ minute, I have found every job rewarding and worked with some great people. I consider myself a true generalist, enjoying the challenge of what each new question or situation will bring but being able to focus in to become adept with a new topic area or resource.

I am currently at the Univeristy of Illinois Library (Urbana-Champaign) where I supervise twelve graduate assistants who work our reference desk and I co-manage our reference services. I helped to build our virtual reference service (13 years old and answered over 16000 questions last year!) and wrote a book for ALA Editions on Virtual Reference (VR) which grew from my involvement in writing the RUSA guidelines for VR. I've taught reference for two library schools, and the RUSA Behavioral Guidelines are a fundamental text. So, a lot comes back to RUSA for me. I'll be leaving Illinois soon to relocate in the greater DC area with my spouse. Job leads and search tips welcome!

My hobbies are travel, crochet, making jewelry, and baking. Sometimes I combine my hobbies. I made my first crochet project (a blanket for my grandfather) while on a work exchange in Shanghai, China and finished it while at a conference in Croatia. I've trained librarians in Nigeria and am in search of my next opportunity to travel overseas.

I have the most adorable dog (not hyperbole) and a husband who has a lot of forbearance for my long work hours, time spent on RUSA, and my international travel. I am in the middle of a PhD that I am looking forward to refocusing on now that Joe Thompson is RUSA President. 

Like any good reference librarian, I look forward to your questions, whatever they are!

- Kathleen 

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Event Joe Thompson

by Sarah Hammill on Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 05:18 pm

IAmRUSA Interviewee for the Week of July 14th is

Joe Thompson

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Event Diana Wu

by Sarah Hammill on Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 05:21 pm

IAmRUSA Interviewee for the Week of August 4th is

Diana Wu

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Event Kirk MacLeod

by Kirk MacLeod on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 03:42 pm

IAmRUSA Interviewee for the Week of June 30th is

Kirk MacLeod

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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 Daniel Sabol

by Sarah Hammill on Mon, May 5, 2014 at 01:56 pm

IAmRUSA Interviewee for the Week of June 9th is

Daniel Sabol

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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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