Career

Special Projects librarian, College of New Rochelle 2012- Prepare for the implementation of Encore, advise in technical services issues, develop information screens for locations in the online catalog.

Assistant Director of Technical Services for Library Systems, The New York Law School 2009-2012 Responsible for the overall functionality of the Innovative Interfaces ILS, including the installation of Encore, and the activation of WebBridge. Act as a liaison between the library and the Information Technology department of the school. Developed a web page that links to full content of selected law journals and added a graphic interface between Google Maps and the online catalog. Developed DRAGNET, an online resource that uses Google Custom Search to research more than 90 recommended legal databases.

Automation Librarian, 1997-2008, Quinnipiac University
Responsible for Innovative Interfaces system, including Hardware control and the overall design of Qcat, the web interface to the catalog for the Arnold Bernhard Library and the Law Library. Installed and maintained the OPAC-based proxy server for home access to library databases. Also act as webmaster for the Council of Connecticut Academic Library Directors. Developed a system using the III TOC feature to display maps and other images in the marc records. Supervised a project to add links to Library of American Civilization marc records for titles available online. Created a web-based visual interface to electronic reference titles in the library's collection. Created a page of dynamic links to new titles by subject heading. Maintained downloads of authority records from LTI and serial marc records from Serials Solutions. Maintained daily backups and all system upgrades. In 1998, served on the Innovative Users Group board, helping to manage the international conferences in 1998 and 1999. In 2003 coordinated a one day mini-conference for Connecticut libraries using the Innovative Interfaces Integrated Library system. Created an online forum for discovering common typographical errors in OPACs, and created the blog "Typo of the day for librarians" to keep other libraries aware of the problem.
Served on the Senate Research Committee, the Library Committee, the Sabbatical Committee, the Personnel Review Committee, and the Special Exceptions Committee for promotion and advanced hiring. Began the Quinnipiac Digitization project of scanning 19th century materials on Irish Famine history and Connecticut history which currently gets 40,000 hits per month.

Automation Coordinator, New York University School of Law Library, 1995-1997
Responsible for monitoring the effectiveness of all aspects of computing in the Library. Supervise one full-time and one half-time student assistant. Responsible for INNOPAC system, including Z39.50 client applications and Julius WebPac. Monitored interactions between INNOPAC, the campus LAN, and RLIN in a Windows 3.1 environment. Supervised Novell server with CD-ROM delivery to Law School. User manager of Novell LAN for Law School. Prepared budgets for automation enhancements and equipment upgrades. Technical consultant for NYU's participation in Studies in Scarlet, an imaging project concerning family legislation, funded by the Research Libraries Group.

Assistant Professor and Systems librarian, Adelphi University, 1990-1995.
Responsible for INNOPAC installation and OCLC services in an academic library containing 400,000 volumes. Designed system for performing a full inventory using existing circulation options in the INNOPAC system. Participated in a major availability study in 1994, using transaction log analysis to verify the results in the user survey. Performed bibliographic instruction and reference duty, including two years as Sunday night reference librarian. Member of the faculty senate from 1991 to 1994, and liaison to the English Department. Responsible for serials cataloging, and printed the library's first comprehensive serials holdings list.

Assistant Professor and adjunct Reference Librarian, St. John's University, 1992-1995.
Worked at the University's main reference desk two nights a week and Saturdays. Performed programming and troubleshooting of the computer systems. Taught bibliographic instruction classes. Also, worked with the library school as an instructor in Netscape use for New York Public Library professional staff.

Adjunct Professor, Southern Connecticut State University
Taught LSI501, Introduction to Information Science, Fall 2000 in a classroom setting, and Spring 2001 entirely online, also Spring 2008 both in person and online, and Spring 2009 online.

Adjunct Professor, Palmer Library School
Taught LIS 566, Resources on the Internet , Summer 1997, 2000 - 2001, and 2008. Taught LIS901, Access and Management of Internet Resources, in 1998 and 1999. Taught continuing education courses in library automation, including reference applications of the Internet and World Wide Web. Taught LIS901, Building Digital Libraries in Fall, 2008.

Columnist, Information Today, 1996-2001
Wrote a bimonthly column on library systems.

Library Assistant, Phoenix Public Library, 1969-1990
Worked in Adult Reference, Children's Reference, Bookmobile, branch and cataloging departments.

Education

Master's degree in Library Science, University of Arizona, 1989.
Master's degree in Instructional Media, Arizona State University, 1980.
Bachelor's degree in English, Arizona State University, 1968.
Doctoral work in education, 1980-1984.

Selected Publications

INNOPAC: A reference guide to the system, Information Today, 1995.

With Ed Donnald, "A digitization and multimedia project at Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Connecticut, USA" New Library World; Vol. 1082007, Issue 9/10, p445-452, 8p, 4 bw
With Anne Ciliberti, Marie L. Radford and Gary Radford, "Empty handed? A material availability study and transaction log analysis verification," Journal of Academic Librarianship, Vol. 24, (Jul. 1998) p. 282
"The missing dragon; or, Stumbling through the Internet," American Libraries v. 25 (Dec. '94) p. 988-9
"Comparative searching styles of patrons and staff," Library Resources & Technical Services v. 38 (July '94) p. 293-305
"Zen in the art of troubleshooting," American Libraries v. 25 (Jan. '94) p. 108-10 (Reprinted in Whole Library Handbook II, American Library Association, 1995).
"Spelling and typographical errors in library databases," Computers in Libraries v. 12 (June '92) p. 14-19 (Winner of 1992 Article of the Year award from Meckler).
With Arthur Lifshin, "Prediction of OPAC spelling errors through a keyword inventory," Information Technology and Libraries v. 11 (June '92) p. 139-45
Blog: Librarian on the edge - librariansonedge.blogspot.com

Selected Speaking Engagements

13th Off-Campus Library Services Conference, Salt Lake City, 2008. "The VERSO Graphic interface to online reference books."
MERLOT International Education Conference, Nashville, 2005. "Using new tools but keeping the old."
American Library Association, Midwinter Meeting, San Diego. "History of finding typographical errors in Library Databases."
American Library Association, New York, 1996, "Transaction Log Analysis as a verification tool of a materials availability study."
American Library Association, Denver, 1993, "Comparative searching style of staff and users."
Computers in Libraries, Washington, 1992, "Typographical errors in library databases."

Honors

Gerald Kline Scholarship to attend Innovative Users Group meeting, 2012.

American Association of Law Libraries, Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section, Outstanding Article Award 2011 for "The Changing Face of Current Awareness Reporting in Law Libraries," co-written with Anna Blaine, New Library World, 2010.

American Association of Law Libraries, Outstanding Publication, Nonprint for DRAGNET.

2002 internal grant by Quinnipiac University for internationalization projects - funding a 2003 visit to Ireland to pursue the digitization of materials related to the Great Famine.

Computers in Libraries 1992 Article of the Year

Biographee in Who's who in America, 55th, 2001 Edition, 56th, 2002 Edition.

Who's who in American Education, 2006

Contemporary Authors #163.

Professional memberships

American Association of Law Libraries
American Library Association - ACRL, College Libraries Section, Communications Committee Member, 2000-2002.
Board member at large of Innovative Users Group, 1997-99.