I am the Coordinator of Reference Services at SUNY Purchase College. My primary duties include reference, instruction, and outreach to Anthropology, Gender Studies, Language & Culture, Media, Society & the Arts, and Sociology. My professional library interests include virtual reference, information literacy, assessment, critical literacy, and international librarianship.
Currently, I am involved in a number of projects at Purchase College Library including: assessing information literacy skills using a rubric analysis of students' senior projects, coordinating the Library's text and chat reference services, and planning outreach events such as a Library Open House slated for October 2015.
Past and ongoing projects include: embedding and updating information literacy tutorials in Moodle for College Writing classes, serving on the biannual LibQual Survey Team, devising and implementing quiet, silent, and group study zones, creating an online tutorial on Academic Integrity tutorial in Moodle with the Plagiarism Task Force, participating in Wikipedia edit-a-thons hosted by the Library, and organizing relaxing "Finals Countdown" study-breaks at the end of each semester. I have been proud to be a part of the MyMETRO Researchers Project which provided library outreach to community groups in and around New York City.
As a graduate of Oberlin College (2006) and the University of Wisconsin (2010), I am deeply committed to diversity in higher education, whether manifested in a liberal arts curriculum or a multicultural campus community. My interest in different cultures lead me to spend a year in Toulouse, France teaching English in inner-city middle schools and later, in graduate school, researching the differences between American and French public libraries as part of my LIS coursework. More recently, I toured libraries in Bejaia, Algeria in July 2012 and in April 2015. I made connections with Algerian librarians and explored the Public Library of Bejaia, the Social Sciences Library at the University of Bejaia, and the library/archive at the Museum of the Moudjahid, a military history museum focusing on veterans of the Algerian War of Independence.