Health Sciences Coordinator and Biology Librarian
Michigan State University Libraries
366 West Circle Drive, East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 884-0902 • <email@example.com>
Born and lived: Washington, DC; Vienna, VA; Grand Rapids, MI; Ann Arbor, MI; Cleveland, OH; Champaign, IL; and now Lansing, MI.
Professional career and activities: In college I majored in biology, and I went on to do a Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology and postdoctoral work in genetics. After that I decided to make a career switch, got a library degree, and have enjoyed working as a biology librarian at Michigan State University Libraries since 2002. Since 2005, I have also coordinated the Libraries’ health sciences collections and librarians serving our medical, nursing, and veterinary colleges.
In my spare time: I enjoy hiking, birding, gardening, dancing, visiting art galleries, travelling, reading, attending acoustic music concerts, and listening to podcasts.
Favorite books: I like to read classic and modern classic novels and am making a special effort these days to read noteworthy novels by women authors. Also, I recently became intrigued by Rachel Carson after creating a library exhibit in late 2012 on the 50th anniversary of the publication of Silent Spring, and I enjoyed reading the biography, Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature, by Linda Lear.
How/where do I see the industry in five years: Health sciences libraries are particularly forward thinking, and I see more and more emphasis on libraries providing non bibliographic types of resources and tools and apps for managing information.
Leah was appointed Executive Director of the Charleston Conference in 2017, and has served in various roles with the Charleston Information Group, LLC, since 2004. Prior to working for the conference, she was Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions for the College of Charleston for four years. She lives in a small town near Columbia, SC, with her husband and two kids where they raise a menagerie of farm animals.