Name: Jean Gudenas
Title: Head of Collections Management
Organization: Loyola University of Chicago Health Sciences Library
Website (Personal or Professional): http://library.luhs.org/hslibrary/index.htm
Born and Lived: I was born in LaGrange, Illinois, moved to Aurora in my early teens, and now living in another Chicago Suburb.
Professional Career and Activities: I started at Loyola’s Health Sciences Library nearly seven years ago as a reference and outreach librarian and four years later became the Head of Collections. In collaboration with my director, I have dedicated myself to revitalizing our collection to meet the needs of our users.
With my position, I believe that most anything can be a resource and part of my job is learning how to best utilize that resource; whether it is knowing the tools to best help faculty or investigating new trends that will aid our students. So, I enjoy interacting with faculty and students through staffing our service desk and by assisting with their research needs. I also have fun doing instruction and have recently developed a productivity apps class for mobile devices.
In terms of professional activities, I have been published in several different publications, have contributed columns for MLANews (the Medical Librarian’s Association monthly publication), and am the Technology Editor for MLANews.
Family: I have been married for 7 years to a wonderful man and we have an amazing 2 year old girl who has my smirk and our shared sense of humor
In My Spare Time: My spare time is mostly spent with my daughter, although my husband and I do try to get out on occasion.
Favorite Books: To name one favorite book would be impossible, as I will read anything. I love all different books, ranging from Murakmi’s 1Q84 to Roald Doahl’s A Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More to Philip K Dick’s Ubik
Pet Peeves: When Microsoft Excel decides to freeze because I have too many spreadsheets opened
Philosophy: “Life does not cease to be funny when someone dies any more than it ceases to be serious when someone laughs”
-George Bernard Shaw
Most Memorable Career Achievement: Spending over 200 hours doing a detailed collections assessment that is serving as a benchmark for collection development and acquisitions for the next five years. Doing this has allowed me to gain a greater understanding of the research and educational needs of our faculty and students while also exploring a range of possibilities with developing the collection to meet their needs.
Goal I Hope to Achieve Five Years from Now: Actually obtain the resources I’ve proposed in my collections assessment
How/Where Do I See the Industry in Five Years: The continuing progression of electronic textbooks as interactive learning resources, especially on mobile devices. What I hope to see are for these resources to be available as institutional subscriptions and not individual subscriptions, which is the current model with providers like VitalSource and Inkling.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.