How did you get involved in military librarianship?
I am actually a vendor who is responsible for sales to the federal government for my employer. From the very first time I attended MLW I fell in love with the military librarians and have been a big supporter ever since then.
How did you get involved in DMIL?
It was one of the chapters I picked when I joined SLA. I belong to DMIL and DGI as well as my State chapter. I think the best thing we can do as vendors is support our patrons while I will freely admit that is not my primary reason for hanging around. Most of you have become friends and many of you are not customers and will never be customers. DMIL as a community really reached out to me. I highly recommend vendors getting involved in the communities they support for networking and to become familiar with the unique challenges military librarians face.
What has been your best experience working for the military?
I just love the open nature of the military librarians. They are witty, honest and straightforward. I like that so many of them are well traveled and have wonderful stories to tell. Frankly, I don’t think about any of them as customers, just friends.
What has been your best experience being involved in DMIL?
I absolutely love the MLW conference. It is my favorite conferences and I feel well treated when I am there unlike any other conference where all they care about is your money.
What positions in DMIL have you held?
I have been on the planning committee several times and have been the corporate director when it was a viable position. I currently am the Unit Planner for SLA 2017.
If someone were to visit your library or your town, what would you be sure to show them or recommend that they see?
Our beautiful bridges that were built by and with the Army Corps of Engineers. We have protected waterways and marshes so it has been a long term project connecting all our barrier island beaches to the mainland.
Please recommend one LIS-specific book or article that you read recently that you found particularly good. What makes it worthwhile?
Two of my recent reads were “Why Epiphanies Never Occur to Couch Potatoes” by Mark Amtower and Change to Strange by Daniel M. Cable. I mostly read for enjoyment but this year vowed to read one self help book for every fiction novel.
If you were to recommend one book, just for fun, what would it be?
I really enjoyed Extreme Measures. I love all the books by Vince Flynn and am working my way through the series. I secretly think I am getting an inside view of spying and behind the scenes government operations. Probably all fantasy but I let myself be a secret agent during that time.