Institution: West Virginia University Law Library
Born and Lived: I was born and raised in Clarksburg, WV but moved to Boston, MA when I was 17. I stayed in Boston for nearly 20 years before returning to my native state. I now live in Morgantown, WV in the northern part of the state.
Professional Career and Activities: I have only ever worked in libraries! My first library job was as a clerk in the circulation department at Boston Public Library. I stayed at Boston Public for nearly 10 years working most of the time in the Fine Arts reference department doing basic techinical services work. I then moved into law libraries. I worked at the U.S. 1st Circuit Court of Appeals library in acquistions for several years before moving to lead technical services in two Boston law firms. When I returned to WV, I took a classified staff position at WVU’s law school library and eventually moved up to head the technical services department…where I am today. I also co-teach an Animal Law seminar here at the law school.
Family: My parents still live here in WV. I am from a Mexican-American family, which is a bit unusual for the area. I have one sister (slightly older) who now lives in New York City.
In My Spare Time: I am an animal rights and animal welfare advocate! I have been an ethical vegetarian for almost 36 years now. I socialize feral cats and am involved in a trap/neuter/release program here in the state.
Favorite Books: Anything by Ray Bradbury. Beyond that, I am pretty eclectic.
Pet Peeves: Intentional meanness or infliction of harm.
Philosophy: Live as simply and gently on the earth as possible and do as little harm as possible.
Most Memorable Career Achievement: Being asked to co-teach the Animal Law seminar here at the law school. It validated not only my professional work and abilities as a librarian, but also put my personal passion to practical use
Goals I Hope to Achieve Five Years from Now: I would like to move into a more change driving and progressive position whether it be here at WVU or elsewhere
How/Where Do I See the Industry in Five Years: I see it as becoming more hybrid, but in a thoughtful way. I don’t think print is “going away”. It would be gone by now if that were true! But I do see more technology being utilized in more efficient and effective ways in libraries.
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