My name is Mary-Michelle Moore and I work full time at the UC Irvine Langson Library in the interlibrary loan department. I completed my MLIS through Rutgers this Fall (see my ePortfolio here) and am eagerly searching for my first librarian position. I’m trying out a lot of different ideas to see where I will best fit in the library world upon graduation. For now I’m open to trying many different aspects of library life, trying to see where my perfect fit will be. I love learning about new technology and tools and how they can be used to help patrons. I want to work either in access services, reference or instruction. I love approaching each day as a new puzzle to be solved.
I have worked in a library since 2008 as staff – with an additional 3 years as a student worker. I have experience in a law library and an elementary school library. I enjoy reading as a hobby and am practicing my readers’ advisory skills in this blog by giving recommendations of types of books that go well together.
I currently volunteer with I Need a Library Job as the Head Editor for Vermont. I update that page daily, as well as coordinating with my wonderful assistant editor, curating the INALJVermont Twitter Feed and writing monthly blog posts. We are constantly looking for more volunteers and it’s been an amazing experience thus far, so if you’re thinking of volunteering or have any questions, please email me!
While working on my MLIS, I completed an internship for the ipl2 as a reference administrator. I served as an officer in two of my campus’ student organizations; I am the webmaster for the Rutgers Association of School Librarians (RASL) and the online student representative for the Student College Academic and Research Libraries Association (SCARLA).
I have recently accepted a two year appointment with the Anthropology and Sociology section of ACRL (2013-2015), I will be participating in the Subject and Bibliographic Access Committee and Membership Committee, and a one year appointment as a member of the ACRL/ANSS Librarians Discussion Group. I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with a wonderful group of people, and to make use of my undergraduate degree. Thanks Pauline for the support and advice in volunteering!
I am constantly learning new skills and trying to implement information I’ve learned to my workplace. I make extensive use of webinars put on by the ALA, SLA and ACRL to keep up to date on professional developments in the library community. I’ve been lurking in the back of some MOOC offerings, I keep meaning to do more but juggling class schedules, trying to stay on top of extra curricular student groups and an additional course proved to be too much. So for most MOOCs as of right now I watch the lectures but do not do the assignments.
As you can see: I’ve worked at an elementary school, a law school, two universities and a virtual library. I’m still all over the map in my skill sets, making me not unlike a universal book drop until I can find my way.