I am seeking a position as a Library Assistant, where I can combine my technological background, children's programming skills, and a strong interest in reference and reader's advisory services, to serve the information needs of the public.
I found my way to library technology just recently, after a long and productive career as a Software Engineer. The library has always been a special place for me and I spend much of my free time reading. I have a passion for books, technology and information literacy, and want to use my unique knowledge and skills to provide needed information and programs to the community.
I remember thinking that it would be a grand thing to work as a librarian, but for some reason I never pursued a library career. I don't think I understood what the job entailed when I was in High School, and once I was working as an engineer, it just seemed daunting to even think about changing careers. Being laid off forced me to re-evaluate my profession, skill set and future, and made me think about where I could best serve myself and others. A public or academic library is where I want to be.
I am a part of the Library Technology program at Santa Ana College, and have taken classes in Library Technology 101, Public Services, Information Sources for Paraprofessionals, and Technical Services. As a computer professional, I have had administrative experience with different types of operating systems, databases and document libraries. I've developed web applications in Java, JSP, C++ and XML and designed Content Management System based websites using HTML, PHP, CSS and SQL.
With my technical background, I am well-suited for technical services, but my heart is actually with library public service. I would absolutely love to work with the public in reference or reader's advisory services or programming. I worked my way through college as a sales clerk, interacting with the public. Sitting in front of a computer all day in software development has made me realize how much I miss being in contact with people. I volunteer weekly at the Orange Public Library Welcome Desk, always looking forward to my evenings at the library and varied interactions with patrons there.
An additional joy of mine has been working with children as a teacher, leader and program director. I spent seven years as Director of Children's Ministries at Placentia Presbyterian Church. I have also been a Girl Scout leader, Girl Scout "Cookie Mom", Cub Scout volunteer, "Meet the Masters" art docent and Sunday School teacher. When my daughter was in fourth grade, I led a children's book club for her and her friends. Working with children or youth in a library setting would be particularly rewarding, and I would love the opportunity to be a part of children's programming in some capacity.