I grew up in Southwestern Colorado near Mesa Verde National Park, best known for ancient cliff dwellings built by the Ancestral Puebloan People (Anasazi). I lived close to the public library and spent many afternoons reading books to escape the boredom of small town life.
My library career began in 1999 at the Cottonwood Public Library in cataloging and interlibrary loan. I moved to Prescott in 2003 to work at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Library in acquisitions and cataloging, then Yavapai College Library in periodicals, government documents, and interlibrary loan. I joined the Northcentral University Library in 2009 and supporting patrons virtually has been a welcome challenge.
There are plenty of activities in the Prescott area to keep my family busy such as visiting the Prescott Valley Public Library, winner of the 2008 ALA/ IIDA award for interior design. I’m enrolled at Northcentral University in the Bachelor’s of Psychology degree program and highly recommend the library tools and resources to all Northcentral students. My interests include social psychology, eastern philosophy, current affairs, climate change, sustainable development, and world cultures.
I am originally from California but was raised in Phoenix, Arizona and consider myself a devoted Phoenician. Growing up I was very involved in softball, having played since I was 9 years old. As a kid my mom took us to our local public library often. I didn’t like reading when I was young and struggled with keeping up with my grade, until I was introduced to book series such as The Babysitters Club and Goosebumps. Now as an adult I enjoy a variety of books. Some of my favorite authors are Jillian Flynn, Patricia Briggs, and of course JK Rowling.
My family and I recently moved to Prescott Valley last year to escape the busy city. I started working with Northcentral University in November of 2011. This is my first job working in a library and it has been great. I have an Associate’s degree from Glendale Community College, and plan on continuing my education in Social Behaviors. I believe in the work we are doing in the library and hope to help students reach their academic goals.