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IAmRUSA Interviewee for the Week of June 2nd is
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My name is Carla James and I am the Director of Academic & Student Services at the Roanoke Higher Education Center in Roanoke, VA. In this position I also serve as the chief librarian and Director of Library Services. I earned my MLIS from UNCG in 1997 and I am currently working on a PhD in Instructional Design & Technology at Old Dominion University. My research interest is library instruction and I am writing my dissertation on the application of the flipped classroom instructional model on the library one-shot. Although I spend the majority of my time working and writing for school, I do spend what free time I have discovering new apps and playing with my brussels griffon Dobie.
I forgot to mention that I teach Reference & Bibliography for UVA Wise's School Library Media Endorsement Program.
Would you mind giving us a brief overview of what a regular work day looks like for you? As your position includes a number of varied duties, I'd love to know how that plays out in an average work day.
Thanks so much for participating!
Honestly, there are no typical days here. As the Director of Academic and Student Services, I am responsible for our full service library, the testing center, Information Technology Department and Marketing and Outreach. I pretty much do everything from meeting with students, checking out books, and administering tests to budget formulation and strategic planning. I love my job because no two days are the same, but at the end of the day the work I do in the library is what I enjoy the most. I am a researcher at heart so I love the challenging reference questions that require me to dig deep into databases and other resources.
Carla, do you mind talking a little bit about your education background; perhaps the decisions that led you to getting your MLIS in the first place, and why you've now decided to go for your PhD?